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Tom Randle began early studies in conducting and composition but a scholarship to study voice soon meant a change in career direction. He made his début with the English National Opera as Tamino in The Magic Flute and has repeated the role with great success at Deutsche Oper Berlin, Glyndebourne Festival Opera, Hamburg, New Zealand and the Covent Garden Festival. Well known for his vivid and committed stage portrayals and a unique ability to embrace a wide variety of repertoire, Tom has emerged as one of the most exciting and versatile artists of his generation.
Engagements have included Tom Rakewell for the Théâtre des Champs-Elysees, Netherlands Opera, Lausanne and Bordeaux, Benedict for WNO’s Beatrice and Benedict, Ferrando in Cosi fan tutte for Geneva and Brussels Operas, Don Ottavio in Munich and Los Angeles, Pelleas in Paris and London, Idomeneo for Scottish Opera and La Monnaie Brussels, Achilles in Tippett's King Priam, for ENO and the Reisopera, The Fairy Queen in Aix-en-Provence, Gerald in Delibes' Lakmé in Australia, Joe in Carmen Jones in Washington, La Traviata at Opera North, the title role in Hasse’s Solimano at the Innsbruck Festival and Staatsoper Berlin, Rheingold and Orfeo at ENO, Katya Kabanova and Khovanshchina at WNO, Death of Klinghoffer in Rotterdam, Tamerlano at Scottish Opera, Peter Grimes in Antwerp, Henze’s Bassarides and Messiaen's St François d’Asisse in Amsterdam, Wozzeck at La Monnaie and the title role in Orfeo for the Handel and Haydn Festival in Boston.More recently, Tom appeared in Jenufa for Opera New Zealand (Laca) and ENO (Steva), The Beggar's Opera the the ROH's Linbury Theatre, the title role in Orlando Paladino with René Jacobs at the Staatsoper Berlin and the Innsbruck Festival, Idomeneo and Mahler’s Das Lied von der Erde in Brussels, Katya Kabanova and Fidelio (Florestan) for Opera Holland Park.
Highlights in the 2010/11 season include Die Soldaten at De Nederlandse Opera Amsterdam, the title role in The Return of Ulisees for ENO and St Francois d'Assise at the Teatro Real MadridTom Randle made his Royal Opera House début as Essex in Phyllida Lloyd’s highly acclaimed production of Gloriana, which was later released as a feature film for BBC Television. Other appearances for the Royal Opera include Johnny Inkslinger/Paul Bunyan and the Fool/Gawain.
Tom Randle is very active in the field of contemporary music with several world premières to his credit, many of which were written especially for him. This includes the role of Dionysus in John Buller's opera The Bacchae for ENO, the world première of Peter Schat's opera Symposium for the Netherlands Opera, and the world première of John Taverner's oratorio The Apocalypse for the BBC Proms. He also created the role of Nunez in Mark-Anthony Turnage’s opera The Country of the Blind, written for the 50th Anniversary of the Aldeburgh Festival, and premiered and recorded Penderecki’s oratorio Credo for the Oregon Bach Festival.His intense portrayal of Judas in the world première of Birtwistle’s Last Supper under Daniel Barenboim at the Staatsoper Berlin (as well as Glyndebourne) won him outstanding critical acclaim.Mr Randle devotes equal time to an active concert career, singing with many of the world's leading orchestras including the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony, The London Symphony, Philharmonic and Philharmonia Orchestras, the Israel Philharmonic, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, The English Concert with conductors such as Daniel Barenboim, Michael Tilson Thomas, Sir Colin Davis, Myung-Whung Chung, Yan-Pascal Tortelier, Ghennadi Rozhdestvensky, Richard Hickox, Harry Christophers, Trevor Pinnock, and Ivan Fischer.Amongst his recordings are the title role in Handel’s Samson with Harry Christophers on Collins Classics, Vaughan Williams’ A Cotswold Romance with the London Symphony Orchestra and Hickox for Chandos (both premiere recordings) and orchestral works by Luigi Nono on the EMI label. Tom also appeared as Molqui in the groundbreaking film version of John Adams’ Death of Klinghoffer for Channel 4, released on DVD, and as Monostatos in Kenneth Branagh's The Magic Flute.