Music Theater Faculty
RANDALL ENG’s music lies at the intersection of opera, music-theatre, and jazz. His opera Florida (with librettist Donna Di Novelli) premiered in 2018 at UrbanArias in Washington, DC, after development at Lyric Opera Cleveland, New York City Opera’s VOX Festival, and the Public Theater. His opera Henry’s Wife (with librettist Alexis Bernier) has been developed and presented by the Center for Contemporary Opera, American Opera Projects, the Virginia Arts Festival, and Manhattan School of Music.
His latest collaboration with Donna Di Novelli is Before the Night Sky. A contemporary re-telling of the Greek myth of Castor and Pollux collided with the stories of their twin sisters Helen of Troy and Clytemnestra, Before the Night Sky was featured at Opera America’s New Opera Showcase at Town Hall in 2017, and is in development at American Opera Projects.
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 the 120-voice chorus MasterVoices. Other dramatic works include The Dangers of Electric Lighting (Luna Stage), 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, baritone Marcus DeLoach, and violinist Conway Kuo.
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, Fred Ho, and Will Todd.
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 NYU/Tisch’s Graduate Musical Theatre Writing Program, where he is now an Associate Arts Professor and runs the GMTWP Opera Lab. He is a Staten Island native and Jeopardy! Champion.