Randall Scotting: Lovesick



by Alex Suciu
June 27, 2023



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Countertenor Randall Scotting’s new CD is bound to keep the listener compelled throughout all 22 songs. It is called Lovesick, and it is a collection of songs that have as a gravity pole the range of emotions that, as the title suggests, the feeling instills.

The record fulfills its mission as an extensive collection of songs, which are not only beautifully sung, but seem to be “lived” by Scotting.

If one were to search for the reasoning that stands behind the choice of songs that are featured on this CD, they would find it obvious that the one thing that links them all is the state of being lovesick, with its entire span of emotions, from joy to melancholy and Sehnsucht. The choice of songs, as well as the way in which they succeed one another is evidently very well thought of. Exploring the entire spectrum of feelings around the state of longing because of love, the songs are not only of sadness, solitude and melancholy, but also of hope and optimism. They span five centuries, although the majority of them are from the 17th century. Even their genres vary widely, from traditional folk songs to operatic arias, and are sung in English, French and Italian. This reveals an essential aspect about what the concept behind this album apprises the listener of: the fact that this feeling is found throughout languages, genres, and lands with more or less the same emotional characteristics only demonstrates its omnipresence and its potence.

All this these taken into consideration, Randall Scotting’s task in highlighting all the emotional layers throughout all these songs is quite difficult. He nonetheless succeeds in doing so in an impressive manner. The expressivity of his vocal inflections is of an august individuality. There is a genuineness in his voice which in songs such as At the Mid Hour of Night makes the listener’s perception of melancholy ever so present and visceral. Randall Scotting’s artistry shows itself in this manner throughout, his beautiful, warm, velvety voice becomes heavy in emotion and articulation when the character of the song dwells in feelings of sadness and solitude and becomes equally as bright and vibrant in songs such as She loves and she confesses too, when the light of optimism shows itself. Randall’s expressivity also leaves a sense of mystery, very much in accordance with the subject matter. Sometimes his voice diaphanously appears, expresses the lyrical feelings and then evanescently returns into the ether. He sings passionately, immersing the listener into the world of feelings that the lovesick experiences.

The only other instrument that appears on this recording is the lute, masterfully played by Stephen Stubbs. He partakes side by side with Scotting in creating the universe that surrounds the music on this album.  His playing is suggestive, with a wide range of dynamics throughout, that double the meaning of the lyrics. He also has the chance of taking frontstage in two songs for lute solo. The fact that the recording is a duo, voice and lute, allows for the songs to be more intimately interpreted, allowing more freedom with regards to rhythm and dynamics.

Lovesick is an album that will stir up any music lover’s sense of lyrical emotion, and it will carry them through a whirlwind of feelings. It is a very welcome addition to the vast array of song recordings.

Alice Lechner

Alice Lechner comes from a music-loving family. Her first encounter with the opera universe was at the tender age of six. The grandeur of the stage productions and costumes, the backstage chatter, and last, but definitely not least, the music left her in awe, beginning with Mozart’s Don Giovanni. The overall feeling that opera awakens in anyone who gets a glimpse into this part of artistic eternity, that each and every day passes the test of time, was what drew her to stay and be a part of this world. The Opera House of Brașov became her second home, and the people who worked there were her second family.

Since then, Alice has devoted her spare time to maximising her musical knowledge through instrumental studies, studying both piano and violin for a short time. In the following years, her number one passion stepped out of the limelight and graciously gave way to Law Studies.
Since 2018 she has been studying Law at “Alexandru Ioan Cuza” University in Iași.

Her passion for opera, even if it is no longer her top professional priority in terms of career, it has most definitely become her priority during her free time. Wanting to experience the best of both worlds and extend her musical horizons, she regularly attends opera performances throughout Romania and abroad.
With OPERA Charm Magazine, Alice aims to nurture her creative side to help it flourish and bloom and to discover, alongside the magazine’s readers, the fascinatingly complex world of opera.

Currently, she is an LL.M. in Business Law at “Alexandru Ioan Cuza” University in Iași.

Oana Zamfir

Oana Zamfir is a second year MA student at the “George Enescu” National University of Arts, at the Department of Musicology.

She studied violin for 12 years at the “Stefan Luchian” High School of Art in Botosani, later focusing on the theoretical aspects of music. In 2019 she completed her bachelor studies in Musicology as a student of the National Academy of Music “Gheorghe Dima” in Cluj-Napoca. Her research during 2018-2019 brought to the forefront elements of the archaic ritual within works of composers who activated during the communist period, giving her the opportunity to start a research internship at the “Carl von Ossietzky” University in Germany. In this context, she recorded conversations with members of the Sophie Drinker Institute in Bremen, and had access to documents directly from the Myriam Marbé archive.

Since 2019 she has been a teacher of Music Education and Theoretical Music Studies, making full use of interactive methods in the musical training of students and working, at the same time, with the children’s choir founded in the first year of her activity.

Her interests include pursuing a degree in interior design in 2020.

Alexandru Suciu

Alexandru Suciu inherited his passion for art growing up in a family of several generations of musicians. He began his musical studies at the “Augustin Bena” School of Music in Cluj, where he studied piano and guitar. Even though his main study direction was philological, his passion for music prevailed. He began his academical journey at the Faculty of Letters of the “Babeș-Bolyai” University, studying Comparative literature and English. He continued by studying Opera Singing at the “Gheorghe Dima” National Music Academy. He also graduated the Musical Education section, followed by Artistic Directing at the Musical Performing Arts department.

His multidisciplinary education opened the doors towards research, which is seen both through his participation in national and international conferences and symposia, such as the Salzburg Easter School PhD-forum, organized by the Salzburg Universität or the Silesian Meeting of Young Scholars, organized by the Institute of English at the University of Silesia, as well as the collaboration with Opera Charm Magazine.

During his student years, he won several prizes, including the Grand Prize at the “Paul Constantinescu” National Musical Interpretation Competition, the Romanian Composers and Musicologists’ Union Prize at the same competition, the First Prize and the Schubert Prize at the “Ada Ulubeanu” Competition.

He further developed his artistic skills by specializing in courses and masterclasses held by personalities such as Vittorio Terranova, Giuseppe Sabbatini, Marian Pop, Ines Salazar, Riccardo Zanellato, Paolo Bosisio, Valentina Farcaș and Manuel Lange in contexts such as the Internationale Sommerakademie für Operngesang Deutschlandsberg, Corso Internazionale di Canto Lirico I.M.C. Licata or the Europäische Akademie für Musik und darstellende Kunst Montepulciano. Besides his activity on-stage, he currently teaches Opera Singing Didactics, and Pedagogical Practice within the Department for Teacher Education and Training at the “Gheorghe Dima” National Music Academy.

Cristina Fieraru

Cristina is a 24 year-old Romanian soprano & a student at the National University of Music Bucharest, where she pursues the MA program in Vocal Performance.

She made her debut in Pamina from “Die Zauberflöte” by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart at only 19 years old at the Bucharest National Opera House, as a member of the Ludovic Spiess Experimental Opera Studio. Over the years she made her debut in roles such as Contessa d’Almaviva (Le nozze di Figaro), Mimì & Musetta (La Bohème), Alice Ford (Falstaff), Erste Dame (Die Zauberflöte) in her university’s opera productions.
Her passion and experience extends in the field of choral music, too.

She has been part of our dream team since the fall of 2021. For a good period of time she took care of OPERA Charm’s social media and took you on the monthly journey through the history of opera through our Legends rubric – and a few times through the Theaters around the World rubric.

Her little soul rubric – from 2021 to present – is definitely the Conductors of the Future, where, every month, she gives you the chance to meet a young star of the world of conducting and, of course, to find out what’s the most charming feature of opera in these artists’ views.


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