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Randolph Lacy (Tenor)

Born: USA

The American tenor and music pedagogue, Randolph holds, holds Bachelor and Master and Degrees in Music (Vocal Performance) from the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University (1982-1984), and a Doctorate of Musical Arts from the Moores School of Music at the University of Houston (1997-2004). His education included Fellowships to the Tanglewood Music Center (1988) and the Aspen Music Festival, an apprenticeship with the Glimmerglass Opera (1989), and Italian language study at the Università per Stranieri in Siena, Italy (1997-2004).

Randolph Lacy is noted for the lyrical beauty of his voice and his ability to interpret musical texts with intelligence and sensitivity. His repertoire is large and diverse, ranging from the seventeenth century to the present. On stage, he has appeared with the Houston Grand Opera, Chamber Opera Chicago, Opera Memphis, Anchorage Opera, Kentucky Opera, Glimmerglass Opera, Gilbert & Sullivan Society of Houston, and Houstonís Theatre Under the Stars. His operatic roles include: Tamino in W.A. Mozart's The Magic Flute; Tito in La Clemenza di Tito, Ernesto in Don Pasquale, Fenton in Falstaff, Count Almaviva in The Ghosts of Versailles; the Conte di Libenskof in Il Viaggio a Reims, Beppe/Arlecchino in I Pagliacci; Don Basilio in Le Nozze di Figaro; Luiz in The Gondoliers; Toni in Elegy for Young Lovers; and Rinuccio in Gianni Schicchi. In the realm of musical theatre, Randolph has performed as Pirelli in Sweeney Todd; Jake in The Most Happy Fella; and The Artist in Onebody.

Randolph Lacyís concert work includes performances with the Austin Symphony, Anchorage Symphony, Baton Rouge Symphony, Boulder Philharmonic, Chicago String Ensemble, Da Camera, Fresno Philharmonic, Houston Chamber Choir, Houston Symphony Orchestra, Michigan Bach Festival, Orpheus Ensemble (Fresno), Orquesta Sinfónica de Minería (Mexico City), Sacramento Ballet, and at the Festival at Roundtop. His solo performances with orchestra have included: the Evangelist roles in J.S. Bachís Johannes-Passion (BWV 245), Matthäus-Passion (BWV 244), Weihnachts-Oratorium (BWV 248); in the newly rediscovered St. Matthew Passion by Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach; in the Berlioz Requiem; Benjamin Brittenís Saint Nicolas and Les Illuminations; in Coriglianoís Poem in October; in the Dubois Seven Last Words of Christ; in G.F. Handelís Acis & Galatea, Israel in Egypt, Messiah, La Resurrezione, Il Trionfo del Tempo e della Verità; in Haydnís The Creation and Harmoniemesse; in Monteverdiís Il Combattimento di Tancredi e Clorinda; in W.A. Mozartís Requiem and Vesperae Solennes de Confessore; in Orffís Carmina Burana; in Rossiniís Petite Messe Solennelle; and in the C. Saint-Saëns' Oratorio de Noël, among others. In the world-premiere of Wrestling with my God by jazz pianist and composer Paul English, Randolph performed solos composed specifically for his voice.

As a narrator, Randolph Lacy has performed with the Houston Symphony Orchestra (in the role of Hector Berlioz) in a series of young personsí concerts entitled, "Symphony? Fantastic!"; with the Orpheus Ensemble in William Waltonís Façade; and in the world-premiere of Parizade and the Singing Tree, by Rice University composer Karim Al-Zand.

Recently, Randolph Lacy has sung with the Lone Star Lyric Theatre Festival in the world-premiere of the Simply Grimm Prologue; with Ars Lyrica Houston in ďHeaven and Hell,Ē a concert of Monteverdiís Madrigali Guerrieri et Amorosi (in combination with the New York Baroque Dance Company), and in J.S. Bachís Johannes-Passion (BWV 245); with the Bayou City Performing Arts company in the Camille Saint-Saëns' Oratorio de Noël; with the Bach Society Houston in J.S. Bachís cantata BWV 201, Der Streit zwischen Phoebus und Pan; with the Houston Chamber Choir as tenor soloist in George Frideric Handelís Messiah; and with the Hope Stone Dance Company in Village of Waltz. In the summer of 2008, Lacy co-starred with Neale Donald Walsch (the author of Conversations with God) in a tour of a new musical entitled Onebody by James Coventry. Also in 2008, Randolph was featured as the tenor soloist in J.S. Bach's cantatas BWV 19 & BWV 131 on the first commercial recording made by the Bach Society Houston. In 2007, he sang with the Austin-based group Conspirare on their Grammy-nominated CD of music by the living British composer Tarik OíRegan entitled "Threshold of Night", released in 2008 by Harmonia Mundi.

Randolph Lacy taught at California State University, Fresno as a Professor of Voice and the Director of its opera program (2003-2006). He also worked as a Lecturer at Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, Texas, where he taught Vocal Pedagogy, Song History & Literature, Singing Diction, and private voice lessons (2008-2012). Curreently he is Assistant Professor of Voice at Wichita State Unbiversity.

Source: Wichita Statre University Website, Randolph Lacy profile on LinkedIn
Contributed by
Aryeh Oron (February 2015)

Recordings of Bach Cantatas & Other Vocal Works




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BWV 201

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BWV 243

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Randolph Lacy (Wichita State vUniversity)
Randolph Lacy (Bach Sociey Houston)

Randolph Lacy on LinkedIn

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