Randall Shinn composes operas and concert music. He has stated that a basic reason he composes is “to engage audiences in rewarding experiences,” and reviewers have called his works “passionate,” “stunning,” and “spell-binding.”
Reviewers have commented on the “sensuality” of Shinn’s music and described his works as “powerfully expressive.” One reviewer wrote that Shinn integrates “modern music and language with more familiar classical styles to create a sound that is uniquely his.” Other reviewers have described his works as “lyrical,” “sophisticated,” and “lusciously beautiful.”
Shinn has written original librettos for three operas. His interest in the theater spills over into a general interest in imagination, illusion, and magical atmosphere. For two years he was chief correspondent for DeepGlamour.net, where he wrote posts about various aspects of glamour (including its older sense of magic spells). In his Musings here on this site Shinn reflects on his aesthetic views relative to his music.