Hailed by the Wall Street Journal as a voice of “lyrical beauty and intensity” and praised by Opera News for “his consummate mastery of Rossini’s style, range and vocal bravura,” American tenor Randell Bills has earned praise from audiences and critics for performances in opera and concert throughout the world.
He has earned particular acclaim in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte as Tamino(Theatre Dortmund, Nationaltheater Mannheim, New Zealand Opera, Seattle Opera ), Don Giovanni as Ottavio (Theater Osnabrück, Seattle Opera ), and Cosi fan tutte as Ferrando (English National Opera, Teatro Lirico di Cagliair), and Rossini’s Armida as Geoffredo and Ubaldo (Rossini Opera Festival), Mose in Egitto as Osiride (New York City Opera), Il Barbiere di Siviglia as Almaviva (Oper Leipzig, Theater Wielki Pozna?), La Cenerentola as Ramiro(Opernhaus Chemnitz, Boston Youth Symphony, El Paso Opera ), and Ricciardo e Zoraide as Agorante (Rossini in Wildbad Festival).
Other notable operas and roles he has performed include Bellini’s La Sonnambula as Elvino (Staatstheater Darmstadt), Donizetti’s La Favorité as Fernand (Washington Concert Opera), Stravinsky’s The Rake’s Progress as Tom Rakwell (Staatstheater Braunschweig and the Oldenburgisches Staatstheater), Britten’s The Turn of the Screw as Prologue/Peter Quint (Teatro Comunale di Bologna), and Strauss’ Der Rosenkavalier as the Italian Singer (Theatre Bremen).
This season, (2017-2018) on the opera stage, Mr. Bills will debut at the International Händel-Festspiele Karlsruhe as Jupiter in Semele conducted by Christopher Moulds in a production from Floris Visser, and return to the Theater Wielki Pozna? as Almaviva in Rossini's Il barbiere di Siviglia conducted by Massimiliano Caldi in a production from Marek Weiss-Grzesi?ski.
He has appeared in concerts with the Houston Symphony (Orff’s Carmina Burana ), Louisville Symphony (Berlioz’ Romeo et Juliette ), Fresno Philharmonic (Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9), Naples Philharmonic (Britten’s Serenade for Tenor, Horn, and Strings and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9), and Pasadena Symphony (Mozart’s Mass in C-minor and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9), Los Angeles Master Chorale (Handel’s Messiah, Bach’s Christmas Oratorio, and Mozart's Litaniae de venerabili ), and Long Beach Mozart Festival Orchestra (Mozart’s Requiem).
European orchestra with whom he has appeared include the Hamburg Symphony Festival Orchestra (“Night of the Proms”), Bochum Symphony (Mozart’s Mass in c-minor ), Verona (Italy) Teatro Filarmonico (Mendelssohn’s Elias ), Vahrer Kantorei (Rossini’s Petite Messe Solennelle), Sinfonieorchester Wuppertal (Mendelssohn’s Lobegesang and Weber's Freischütz-Messe), L'orchestra Sinfonica di Milano Giuseppe Verdi (Bach's Johannes-Passion), American University of Beirut Choir and Choral Society (Bach’s Magnificat and Händel’s Utrecht Jubilate). He has also appeared in Brazil with Philharmonic Boca del Río (Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9).
Notable conductors with whom he has sung include: Antony Walker, Julia Jones, Jorge Mester, Ralf Weikert, Andrés Orozco-Estrada, Carlo Rizzi, José Miguel Pérez Sierra, Luciano Acocella, Ryan Wigglesworth, Christopher Franklin, Jonathan Webb, Wyn Davies, Ulf Schirmer, Henrik Nánási, Markus Poschner, Michael Guettler, Stefan Solyom, Gary Thor Wedow, Stephen Lord*, Jayce Ogren, Thomas C. Crawford, Federico Cortese, Robert Tweten, Ruben Jais, Pietro Rizzo, Massimiliano Caldi, Anthony Bramall, Daniel Montané, Robin Engelen, Gabriel Feltz, Felix Bender, Elias Grandy, Alois Seidlmeier, Brent McMunn, and Russell Harris.
Directors with whom he has collaborated include Luca Ronconi, Peter Konwitschny, Phelim McDermott, Chris Alexander, Michael Counts, Garnett Bruce, Edward Berkely, Sara Brodie, Tobias Kratzer, Frank Hilbrich, Karsten Wiegand, Kobie von Rensburg, Tom Ryser, Marek Weiss-Grzesi?ski, Vera Nemirova, Christopher Alden, Damiano Michieletto, John Dew, Ralf Nürnberger, Claus Guth, Sir Thomas Allen, Italio Nunziata, Roland Aeschlimann,and Emilio Sagi