Hailed by the Wall Street Journal as a voice of “lyrical beauty and intensity,” American tenor RANDALL BILLS is poised on the brink of an impressive international career.


In the 2013/14 season Mr. Bills makes several important international debuts: notably a new production of Così fan tutte  in London at English National Opera with director Phelim McDermott and conductor Ryan Wigglesworth, Italian operatic debuts as Ferrando in Damiano Michieletto’s production of Così fan tutte with conductor Christopher Franklin at Teatro Lirico di Cagliari, and as the Prologue/Peter Quint in The Turn of the Screw conducted by Jonathan Webb at Teatro Comunale di Bologna.  Additionally, Mr. Bills returns to the Staatstheater Darmstadt for further performances of Elvino in La sonnambula with conductor Elias Grandy and can be heard with the baroque ensemble the American Classical Orchestra and conductor Thomas C. Crawford in a semi-staged performance of Handel’s Alceste at Alice Tully Hall in New York.


In a busy 2012/13 season Mr. Bills completed a residence contract at Oper Leipzig with performances of Tamino in Die Zauberflöte, Ferrando, and a highly anticipated role debut as Conte d’Almaviva in Il barbiere di Siviliga.  He also debuted at the Komische Oper Berlin as Iskra in Mazeppa with conductor Henrik Nánási, the Oldenburgisches Staatstheater as Tom Rakewell in The Rake’s Progress with conductor Thomas Dorsch, returned to the Deutsches Nationaltheater Weimar as Alfredo in La traviata conducted by Stefan Solyom, and debuted as Ernesto in Don Pasquale and as Elvino in La sonnambula at the Staatstheater Darmstadt, and made his New York City debut as Osiride in Rossini's Mosè in Egitto with New York City Opera and conductor Jayce Ogren, he also joined the roster of the Lyric Opera of Chicago for Don Pasquale.  Concert work included further performances of Bellini's La straniera at the Vienna Musikverein with soprano Edita Gruberova and conductor Pietro Rizzo, Bach’s Johannes-Passion, with the American University of Beirut, and Agorante in Rossini’s Ricciardo e Zoraide with conductor José Miguel Pérez Sierra at the Rossini in Wildbad Festival, to be released on the Naxos Records label.


Praised by Opera News for “his consummate mastery of Rossini’s style, range and vocal bravura” Mr. Bills is equally at home on the concert as well as operatic stage.  He has performed Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 with the Fresno Philharmonic, Naples Philharmonic, and Pasadena Symphony, Bach’s Christmas Oratorio with the Los Angeles Master Chorale, and Ariel Ramierz’ Missa Criolla with Opus 7 at the Hollywood Bowl.  Other concert works include Mozart’s Mass in C minor with the Pasadena Symphony, the Bochum Symphony, and the composer’s Requiem with the Long Beach Mozart Festival Orchestra, the Paulist Choristers, and USC Thornton Symphony conducted by Carl St. Claire, Berlioz’ Roméo et Juliette with the Louisville Orchestra, Uriel in Haydn’s The Creation with the La Sierra Sinfonia, Rossini’s Petite Messe Solennelle with the Vahrer Kantorei, and Britten’s Serenade for Tenor, Horn and Strings with the Naples Philharmonic.  Mr. Bills has been the tenor soloist for Handel’s Messiah with the Los Angeles Master Chorale and conductor Grant Gershon, as well as soloist for performances of the work at the grand re-opening of the Ambassador Auditorium with Jorge Mester and the Pasadena Symphony as well as Mozart's Litaniae de venerabili altaris scarament and Weber's Freischutz-Messe with the Sinfonie Orchester Wuppertal conducted by Ralf Weiker, and the Johannes-Passion with conductor Ruben Jais and L'orchestra Sinfonica di Milano Guiseppe Verdi.


A consummate recitalist, praised by the Los Angeles Times for his “crystal-clear diction,” Mr. Bills has given recital performances internationally including his “Young Artist of the Year” Debut Recital under the auspices of the National Association of Teachers of Singing, Los Angeles Chapter, lieder programs with the International Kultureform Theater Bremen and a recital at the Würzburg Residence with the Mainfranken Theater Chamber Music Series, as well as a recital program at the Shanghai Conservatory of Music in China.  Mr. Bills has also had the privilege of participating with internationally recognized collaborative pianist Alan Smith in the Gwendolyn Koldofsky Memorial Recital at the University of Southern California.


A member of the 2006 Santa Fe Opera Apprentice Program for Young Singers, Mr. Bills completed the 2006/07 season as a member of the Opernstudio at the Bayerische Staatsoper in Munich, Germany. Engagements in future seasons for Mr. Bills include Don Ottavio, Don Ramiro in Rossini’s La Cenerentola, Faust in Berlioz’s La damnation de Faust, Prince Léopold in Halévy’s La Juive, and Rinaldo in Rossini’s Armida, with Seattle Opera, Opernhaus Chemnitz, the Russian National Orchestra, and Vlaamse Opera.

 

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Der amerikanische Tenor RANDALL BILLS, begeistert seit 2006 Publikum und Fachpresse als Ensemblemitglied und Gast in Deutschland, Europa, und Amerika. Über seine Darstellung des Taminos in Mozarts Die Zauberflöte schrieb man im international anerkannten Magazin “Opernwelt”: Warme Natürlichkeit zeichnete den Gesang von Randall Bills aus. Sein Tamino war dunkel timbriert, blühte in den hohen Lagen ansprechend auf und vermochte Zartes ebenso zu vermitteln wie dramatische Steigerungen.


Bereits im Alter von 23 Jahren sang er beim Tanglewood Music Festival den Lysander in Brittens “A Midsummernight's Dream”. Das Wall Street Journal beschrieb seine Darstellung mit “..einer Stimme von lyrischer Schönheit und Intensität”. Darüber hinaus sang er den 1. Juden in “Salome” an der Santa Fe Opera. Was folgte war ein Stipendium der Bayerischen Staatsoper München in den Jahren 2006 und 2007. Hier genoss der junge Sänger die Zusammenarbeit mit Dirigenten wie Kent Nagano, Marco Ammilliato und Peter Schneider und wirkte in Produktionen von Cornel Franz, Bernard Rozet, Otto Schenk und Jürgen Rose mit.


Darauf folgte er dem Ruf des Mainfranken Theaters Würzburg und war als Ensemblemitglied in Rollen wie Ferrando, Tamino, Ping, Walther von der Vogelweide und als Italienischer Sänger zu erleben. Dann war der junge Amerikaner Ensemblemitglied des Theater Bremens, wo er als Iskra (Mazeppa), Tamino, Don Ottavio, Arbace, Idomeneo, Alfred (Fledermaus) und Prologue/Peter Quint zu erleben war.


Im Sommer 2011 kehrte er für ein weiteres Engagement zurück an die Santa Fe Opera, wo er an der Seite von Richard Paul Fink als Narr in “Wozzeck” und als The Orthodox Priest in Menottis “The Last Savage” begeisterte. In der Saison 2011/2012 gab Randall Bills sein Rollen- und Hausdebüt am Deutschen Nationaltheater Weimar als Alfredo in Verdis “La Traviata”, an der Oper Bonn als Fenton in Nicolais “Die lustigen Weiber von Windsor” und am Rossini Opera Festival als Cavalier Belfiore in Rossinis “Il viaggio a Reims”. Weitere Höhepunkte waren eine Produktion von Rossinis “La donna del lago” mit der Moscow State Philharmonic Society unter der Leitung von Luciano Acocella, Bachs “Johannes-Passion” mit dem L'orchestra Sinfonica di Milano Guiseppe Verdi unter der Leitung von Ruben Jais, Mendelssohns “Elias” mit dem Verona Teatro Filharmonico unter der Leitung von Michael Güttler und Bellinis “La straniera” mit dem Münchner Opernorchester und der Sopranistin Edita Gruberova in der Titelpartie unter der Leitung von Pietro Rizzo. 


Für die Spielzeit 2012/13 war er ein neues Ensemblemitglied der Oper Leipzig wo er als Tamino, Ferrando, und Graf Almaviva zu erleben war und hat gastierte weiter an der Komischen Oper Berlin (Iskra in Tschaikowskis “Mazeppa”), am Oldenburgischen Staatstheater (Tom Rakewell in Strawinskis “The Rake’s Progress”), am Staatstheater Darmstadt (Ernesto in Donizettis “Don Pasquale”), ebenso an der Lyric Opera of Chicago, der New York City Opera (Osiride in Rossinis “Mosé in Egitto”), weider am Staatstheater Darmstadt (als Elvino in “La sonnambula”) und beim Rossini in Wildbad Festival (als Agroante in Rossinis “Ricciardo e Zoraide”).


In der Spielzeit 2013/14 gastiert er in London für eine neue Inszenierung von Phelim McDermontt von ”Così fan tutte” an der English National Opera, in Italien am Teatro Lirico di Cagliari (als Ferrando in ”Così fan tutte”, Produktion von Damiano Michieletto), am Teatro Comunale di Bologna (Prologue/Peter Quint in Brittens “The Turn of the Screw”), und in einer Historischen Aufführung der Händel oper Alceste in New York mit dem American Classical Orchestra in der Alice Tully Hall.

Weitere Engagements in der kommenden Spielzeiten sind Don Ottavio, Don Ramiro in Rossinis “La Cenerentola”, Faust in Berliozs “La damnation de Faust”, Prince Léopold in Halévys “La Juive”, und Rinaldo in Rossinis “Armida”, an der Seattle Opera, dem Opernhaus Chemnitz, an der Vlaamse Opera sowie mit dem Russian National Orchestra.


Randall Bills gibt regelmäßig Liederabende und Konzerte in den USA, Europa sowie auch in Asien. Der junge Tenor erhielt seinen Abschluss in Gesang sowie in den Fächern Klavier und Jazzgesang von der University of Southern California, Los Angeles.

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Randall Bills, tenore americano, inizia la sua carriera a 23 anni al Tangelwood Festival nel ruolo di Lysander in “A Midsummer Night's Dream” di Britten. Nella stagione 2006-2007 frequenta la Scuola per giovani cantanti dell'Opera di Santa Fe dove ha cantanto il ruolo di 1° Jude nella “Salome” di R. Strauss e successivamente è uno dei giovani artisti della Bayerische Staatsoper di Monaco ne “La Bohème” di Puccini e “Der Rosenkavalier” di R. Strauss.


Si classifica ai primi posti in vari concorsi internazionali di canto e nel 2005 è primo al Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions di Los Angeles. Dal 2008 entra a far parte dell’ensemble del Mainfranken Theater a Würzburg dove rimane fino al 2010. In seguito è stato membro dell’ensemble del Theater Bremen ed interprete di vari ruoli mozartiani: Tamino in “Die Zauberflöte”, Ferrando in “Così fan tutte”, Don Ottavio in “Don Giovanni”, Arbace e il ruolo eponimo nell’Idomeneo. Debutta inoltre nei ruoli di Alfred in “Die Fledermaus” di Strauss, Walter von der Vogelweide in “Tannhäuser” di Wagner, Der Italienisher Sänger in “Der Rosenkavalier” e Prologue/Peter Quint in “The Turn of the Screw” di Britten.


Nel 2011-2012 è ospite al Deutsches Nationaltheater Weimar dove interpreta il ruolo di Alfredo ne “La traviata” di Verdi, al Theater Bonn nei panni di Fenton nel “Die lustigen Weiber von Windsor” di Nicolai, all'Opera di Santa Fe nel Naar in “Wozzek” di Berg, ed alla Moscow Philharmonic Society nel ruolo di Rodrigo ne “La donna del lago” di Rossini. Ricercato interprete di musica sinfonica e cameristica, ha al suo attivo un vasto repertorio: la “Messa in Do minore” di Mozart con la Pasadena e la Bochum Symphony Orchestra, la “Petite messe solennelle” di Rossini con i Vahrer Kantorei; la “Sinfonia n. 9 in re minore” di Beethoven con la Fresno Philharmonic, la “Serenade for Tenor, Horn and Strings” di Britten con la Naples Philharmonic Orchestra; e il ruolo di tenore solista nel “Messiah” di Händel con la Los Angeles Master Chorale; “Roméo et Juliette” di Berlioz con la Louisville Orchestra; Uriel in “Die Schöpfung” di Haydn con la La Sierra Sinfonia.


In Italia ha debuttato al Teatro Filarmonico di Verona in “Elias” di Mendelssohn nell’ambito della Stagione Sinfonica 2011/12, in seguito è stato ospite dell'Orchestra Verdi di Milano in “Johannespassion” di Bach, e al Rossini Opera Festival di Pesaro nel ruolo di Cavalier Belfiore in “Il viaggio a Reims.”


Nella stagione 2012-2013 ha cantato Tamino, Ferrando, e Conte d'Almaviva in “Il barbiere di Siviglia” di Rossini a Oper Leipzig, nel ruolo di Iskra in “Mazeppa” di Tchaikovsky al Komische Oper Berlin, nel ruolo di Tom Rakewell in “The Rake’s Progress” di Stravinsky al Oldenburgisches Staatstheater, nel ruolo di Elvino in “La sonnambula” di Donizetti al Staatstheater Darmstadt e nel ruolo di Erensto in “Don Pasquale” di Donizetti al Lyric Opera of Chicago, nel ruolo di Osiride in “Mosè in Egitto” di Rossini a New York City Opera, nel ruolo di Elvino in “La sonnambula” di Donizetti al Staatstheater Darmstadt, e nel ruolo di Agorante in “Ricciardo e Zoraide” di Rossini a Rossini in Wildbad Festival


I prossimi impegni per il stagione 2013-2014 prevedono Ferrando al English National Opera, Geoffredo/Ubaldo in “Armida” di Rossini al Rossini Opera Festival - Pesaro, Prologue/Peter Quint al Teatro Comunale di Bologna, Ferrando al Teatro Lirico di Cagliari, la ripresa di Elvino al Staatstheater Darmstadt, e “Alceste” di Handel con l’American Classical Orchestra a Alice Tully Hall a New York.  Altri prossimi impegni prevedono Don Ottavio, Don Ramiro ne “La Cenerentola,” Faust ne “La damnation de Faust” di Berlioz, Prince Léopold ne “La Juive” di Halévy, e Rinaldo ne “Armida” di Rossini al Seattle Opera, al Opernhaus Chemnitz, con la Russian National Orchestra, e al Vlaamse Opera.

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