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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 and Elektra 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

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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 and Elektra 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 and for the Handel and Haydn Festival in Boston, 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, and Wozzeck at La Monnaie.

More recently, Tom appeared in Lulu at La Monnaie (Maler/Neger), Steva Jenufa (Lille, ENO), Hauptmann Wozzeck and Gabriel von Eisenstein Die Fledermaus at the ENO, Aegisth Elektra (Aix-en-Provence, Teatro alla Scala), 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 and Paris, and Jack Brokeback Mountain and Admète Alceste (Teatro Real Madrid).

Tom 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 in Paul Bunyan and the Fool in 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 and Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, 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.

Upcoming engagements for the 2014/2015 season include the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra in a performance of Alban Berg’s Wozzeck, the Narrator Owen Wingrave (Benjamin Britten) at the Théâtre du Capitole in Toulouse, and Solaris (Snaut) at the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées in Paris, the Opera de Lille, and the Opera de Lausanne.

Season 2014/2015

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"Tom Randle’s Ulysses is a masterpiece of intelligent acting and focused singing. (ENO/Young Vic, The Return of Ulysses)"

George Hall - The Stage

"Tenor soloist Tom Randle created a sense of urgency with his powerful and beautiful voice, especially when he cut above the chorus in “Nobody knows the trouble I see, Lord.” [...] Tenor Tom Randle excelled in the Quoniam, and his performance included impressively holding a note for an extra-long time."

A Child of our Time, Oregon Bach Festival - James Bash, Oregon Music News

"Randle's lean, focused tenor gained in strength and ardency as it ascended. [...] The standout soloists were [...] and Randle, partnered by Allan Vogel's lovely oboe obbligato. [...] Randle is a veteran still in his prime who appears on several opera DVDs: his Bajazet, the tragic father in Handel's "Tamerlano," and his Molqi, the lead terrorist in Adams' "Death of Klinghoffer," are unforgettable. "

A Child of our Time, Oregon Bach Festival - Mark Mandel, Oregon Live

"Steven Sloane conducts with utmost precision, and fine performances come from [...] Tom Randle (a a vocally powerful DiMaggio) [...]."

Waiting for Miss Monroe, Netherlands Opera - George Loomis, The New York Times

"Tom Randle is an outstanding Ulysses in this production. His strong, clear tenor voice has just the right amount of warmth for the role... "

William Harston - Express

"...the role of the damaged returning soldier is one to which tenor Tom Randle brings all his considerable magnetism and experience."

Erica Jeal - The Guardian

"Tom Randle gives a full-frontal portrayal of a soldier emotionally scarred by war and...makes every word tell."

Richard Fairman - Financial Times