The American baritone Randal Turner has been hailed as a fine singing actor and consummate musician with a voice described as both warm and commanding. This versatile artist's repertoire includes all periods of opera, concert and oratorio. Mr. Turner also performs frequently as a recitalist. He made his North American stage debut in April 2010 as Don Giovanni with the Michigan Opera Theater in Detroit and made his West Coast recital debut with this performance in San Francisco in December 2010.
The Zurich-based singer has sung in opera houses throughout Europe, including Teatro dell’Opera di Roma, Piccolo Teatro Milano, Teatro Verdi di Pisa, Teatro Regio di Torino, Teatro Petruzzelli, Stadttheater St. Gallen, Staatstheater Darmstadt, Landestheater Linz, Wiener Kammeroper, Opéra de Monte Carlo and Opernhaus Zurich. His career includes numerous leading roles such as Figaro in Il Barbiere di Siviglia, Silvio in I Pagliacci, Valentin in Faust, Ford in Falstaff, Stanley in A Streetcar Named Desire among others.
Turner has received international praise for his portrayal of Don Giovanni, as well as other Mozart roles and early music portrayals by Handel, Hasse, Haydn and Bach. However, he has received equal acclaim for his work in contemporary opera, including works by Andre Previn, Benjamin Britten, Roberto Hazon and Luigi Dallapiccola. His recital in San Francisco features two world premieres written for the baritone: Julia Schwartz’s “Don Juan at 40” and Clint Borzoni’s “Two Poems by Walt Whitman.” He previously starred in the world premieres of Nadia Boulanger’s “La ville morte” and Marco Tutino’s “Federico II.”
Randal Turner was born and raised on a farm near Crawfordsville, Indiana. He began studying music and ballet at the Interlochen Arts Academy in Michigan. He then studied voice at Oberlin College Conservatory of Music under renowned teacher Richard Miller and at Indiana Jacobs University School of Music with Margaret Harshaw. He was a member at the International Opera Studio at the Zurich Opera. He currently studies with Dale Fundling in New York City.