Music Theater Faculty
Randall Eng has devoted his career to mining the territory between opera, music-theatre, and jazz. His first two operas Florida and Henry’s Wife have been met with wide acclaim. Florida was written with librettist Donna DiNovelli and has been presented at Lyric Opera Cleveland, New York City Opera’s VOX festival, and the Public Theater’s New Work Now! festival. Henry’s Wife was written with Canadian librettist Alexis Bernier, and has been presented at the Virginia Arts Festival, Manhattan School of Music, American Opera Projects, the Center for Contemporary Opera, and Tapestry New Opera.
Randall’s score for the play The Dangers of Electric Lighting premiered in October 2011 at Luna Stage, and was hailed by The New York Times for its “effective pulsating quality”. His other operatic and theatrical works include 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, Composer’s Voice, and baritone Marcus DeLoach.
Current projects include a new opera with Donna DiNovelli (Before the Night Sky, based on the story of the Gemini twins and their sisters Helen of Troy and Clytemnaestra) and a song cycle with librettist Mark Campbell.
Randall 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 Millay Colony for the Arts, the Atlantic Center for the Arts, the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, the Bang on a Can Summer Institute, the John Duffy Composers Institute at the Virginia Arts Festival, American Opera Projects, Boston Metro Opera, Raw Impressions Music Theatre, the Eugene O’Neill Music Theatre Conference, Tapestry New Opera Works, and New Dramatists.
He 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 recent 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 Leroy Jenkins, Kirsten Childs, Rachel Portman, Will Todd, and others.
He is a graduate of Harvard University, Cambridge University, and New York University's Graduate Musical Theatre Writing Program, where he is now a full-time faculty member and Resident Composer. His teachers include Anthony Davis, Mark Adamo, and Wadada Leo Smith. A Staten Island native and Jeopardy! champion, he lives in New York City.