Randall Eng’s music mines the territory between opera, music-theatre, and jazz. His operas Florida (with librettist Donna Di Novelli, Adjunct Faculty) and Henry’s Wife (with librettist Alexis Bernier) have been presented at Lyric Opera Cleveland, New York City Opera’s VOX Festival, the Public Theater, the Center for Contemporary Opera, American Opera Projects, the Virginia Arts Festival, Manhattan School of Music, and the Shaw Festival. Florida will receive its professional staged premiere at Urban Arias in Washington, DC in April 2018.
His latest opera Before the Night Sky (also with Donna Di Novelli) is about the Gemini twins Castor and Pollux, and their half-sisters Clytemnestra and Helen of Troy. Excerpts were presented at Town Hall with SONOS Chamber Orchestra in January 2017 as part of Opera America’s New Works Forum. He is also working on a song cycle tracing the Chinese-American male experience over the past 150 years, and a site-specific opera for the New York Aquarium.
Randall’s 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). Non-theatrical works include commissions for Albany Symphony Orchestra’s Dogs of Desire, Mirror Visions Ensemble, the Composer’s Voice, and baritone Marcus DeLoach.
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 Hermitage Artist Retreat, the Montalvo Arts Center, the Ucross Foundation, the Bang on a Can Summer Institute, the John Duffy Composers Institute at the Virginia Arts Festival, 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 Jeopardy! champion, he lives in Chelsea with his wife Katie Baldwin Eng (Cycle 11) and their ten-year-old daughter Olive (Cycle 40?).