Randall Eng

Associate Arts Professor

Randall Eng

Randall Eng’s work lies at the intersection between opera, music-theatre, and jazz. His opera Florida (with librettist Donna Di Novelli, Adjunct Faculty) received its fully-staged premiere at UrbanArias in Washington, DC in 2018, after previous presentations at Lyric Opera Cleveland, New York City Opera’s VOX Festival, and the Public Theater. Florida began its life as a GMTWP thesis. 

Randall and Donna’s latest opera Before the Night Sky, about the Gemini twins Castor and Pollux, and their half-sisters Clytemnestra and Helen of Troy, is in development at American Opera Projects. Excerpts were presented at Town Hall with SONOS Chamber Orchestra in 2017 as part of Opera America’s New Works Forum. 

Randall’s opera Henry’s Wife (with librettist Alexis Bernier) has been presented at the Center for Contemporary Opera, American Opera Projects, the Virginia Arts Festival,Manhattan School of Music, and the Shaw Festival. His other operas and theatrical works include The Dangers of Electric Lighting (Luna Stage Theatre), Cocktails (Circle East Theater), Usher, Falling (Opera Vindaloo Festival), and the video opera The Woman in the Green Coat (Edinburgh Fringe Festival).

His choral work Remain, a found text setting of a Know-Your-Rights immigration pamphlet, was commissioned and premiered at Cooper Union in 2018 by Ted Sperling’s 120-voice chorus MasterVoices. Other non-theatrical works include commissions for Albany Symphony Orchestra’s Dogs of Desire, Mirror Visions Ensemble, the Composer’s Voice, baritone Marcus DeLoach, and violinist Conway Kuo. He is also working on a song cycle tracing the Chinese-American male experience over the past 150 years.

Randall frequently works as a musical dramaturge, musical supervisor, musical director, and pianist, specializing in new operatic, experimental, or jazz-oriented scores. He was an advisor on the Broadway revival of Porgy and Bess to musical adapter Diedre Murray, and has worked on many of Diedre’s other music-theatre pieces, as well as works by composers Anthony Davis, Leroy Jenkins, Kirsten Childs, Rachel Portman, Will Todd, and others.

He has been awarded grants, prizes, and residencies from the American Music Center, the American Composers Forum, the Civitella Ranieri Foundation, the Montalvo Arts Center, the Ucross Foundation, the Bang on a Can Summer Institute, the John Duffy Composers Institute at the Virginia Arts Festival, Boston Metro Opera, American Opera Projects, the Eugene O’Neill Music Theatre Conference, Tapestry New Opera Works, and New Dramatists.

Randall is a graduate of Harvard University, Cambridge University, and GMTWP (Cycle 7). A Staten Island native and former Jeopardy! champion, he lives in Chelsea with his wife Katie Baldwin Eng (Cycle 11) and their 11-year-old daughter Olive (Cycle 40?). www.randalleng.com