Agent and Coach
Peter Randsman discovered opera at the age of 11 with his childhood best friend, composer Ricky Ian Gordon, after Ricky showed him a copy of “The Victor Book of Opera” printed in 1920. Rick and Peter’s fascination with the photos in the book lead to them both quickly become “opera lovers”. In 1971, already in possession of a well-developed bass singing voice, Mr. Randsman attended Long Beach High School, and was soon “discovered” while vocalizing, and taken to an in-progress chorus rehearsal and ordered to sing! The choral conductor and English and Drama teacher were impressed and Mr. Randsman was offered the leading role (Billy Bigelow) in an as yet un-cast production of Carousel.
In 1973, Mr. Randsman began his first semester as a drama major at Nassau Community College where, immediately after a performance of Babes in Arms, the head of Hofstra University’s Drama Department arrived backstage and offered him a Drama Scholarship. For the next few years he continued performing with various companies in the New York area and in 1976, he made a fateful decision to move to New York City. Within two months he was chosen as the “Burger King boy” in a series of commercials and was featured as Minolta’s “Camera Boy” in dozens of national magazines.
For most of the following decade, Mr. Randsman participated in several national tours performing both operetta and Gilbert & Sullivan, and enjoyed a special pleasure singing the song, “He’s in love” while touring Kismet with the Metropolitan Opera star, John Reardon, under the music direction of Evans Haile. Appearing on Broadway, Mr. Randsman sang and danced “Liza Liza” with film legend, Ruby Keeler at a tribute to the Ziegfeld Follies. In the mid-1980’s, he joined the New York City Opera chorus, and for the next three years appeared in many Lincoln Center productions and several national tours. He sang in a Live From Lincoln Center telecast in scenes from Mefistofole with Samuel Ramey, conducted by Julius Rudel, and the great Triumphal Scene from Verdi’s Aida under the direction of Anton Guadagno.
After nearly fifteen years as a professional singer/actor, Mr. Randsman has fulfilled two life-long dreams by working as an artistic director of an opera company (National Grand Opera, at The Tillis Center for the Performing Arts at C.W. Post Campus in Long Island) and by starting his own company, “Randsman Artists Management.” He is happy to be responsible for the careers of 50 internationally active opera singers.