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 upcoming 2012/13 season Mr. Bills begins a residence contract at Oper Leipzig with performances of Tamino in Die Zauberflöte, Ferrando in Così fan tutte, and a highly anticipated role debut as Conte Almaviva in Il barbiere di Siviliga.
He also returns to the Deutsches Nationaltheater Weimar as Alfredo in La traviata conducted by Stefan Solyom and debuts as Ernesto in Don Pasquale at the Staatstheater Darmstadt with conductor Elias Grandy. In addition to his engagement in Germany, Mr. Bills' schedule includes several other important international debuts: Prologue/Peter Quint in a new production of The Turn of the Screw at Teatro Comunale Bologna, Osiride in Rossini's Mosè in Egitto with New York City Opera, and he also joins the roster of the Lyric Opera of Chicago for Don Pasquale. Concert work includes further performances of Bellini's La straniera at the Vienna Musikverein, with Pietro Rizzo conducting.
In a busy 2011/12 season Mr. Bills returned to Theater Bremen for performances of Tamino, Idomeneo, and the Italian Singer, as well as premiers of Walter in Tannhäuser, Prinz Sou-Chong in Das Land des Lächelns, and Prologue/Peter Quint in The Turn of the Screw. He made his role and house debut at the Deutsches Nationaltheater Weimar as Alfredo in a new production of La traviata and debuted at Theater Bonn as Fenton in a new production of Die lustigen Weiber von Windsor, Theater Osnabrück as Don Ottavio in Don Giovanni, as well as at Theater Dortmund and at the Mecklenburgishe Staatstheater Schwerin as Ferrando in Così fan tutte, and at the Rossini Opera Festival in Pesaro, Italy as Cavalier Belfiore in Il viaggio a Reims. Concert work has included Mendelssohn's Elias with conductor Michael Guettler and the Verona Teatro Filarmonico, Bach's Johannes-Passion with Ruben Jais and L'orchestra Sinfonica di Milano Guiseppe Verdi, Mozart's Litaniae de venerabili altaris scarament and Weber's Freischutz-Messe with the Sinfonieorchester Wuppertal conducted by Ralf Weiker, Rodrigo in Rossini's La donna del lago with conductor Luciano Acocella and the Moscow State Philharmonic Society, and performances of Bellini's La straniera at the Munich Gasteig, with conductor Pietro Rizzo and soprano Edita Gruberova in the title role.
Described by the Boston Globe as “a romantic tenor-in-the-making,” Mr. Bills is equally at home on the operatic as well as the concert 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.
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 2006-2007 season as a member of the Opernstudio at the Bayerische Staatsoper in Munich, Germany, 2008-2010 as an ensemble member of the Mainfranken Theater, Würzburg, 2010-2012 in the ensemble of Theater Bremen, and is presently engaged at Oper Leipzig.