Obituary: Tenor Randolph Locke Passes at 67

By Nicolas Quiroga

American tenor Randolph Locke passed away on Jan. 18, 2022. He was 67.

Born in La Marque, Texas in 1954, his family moved to Brownsville, Texas where he stood out in school in his music classes. He would then head to Texas Southwest State University and receiving his master’s degree from the University of Cincinnati Conservatory of Music, which he attended as first place winner of the Corbett Opera Scholarship, studying with Italo Tajo and John Alexander.

From there he enjoyed an international career that saw him perform in the United States, Latin America and Europe at such theaters as the San Francisco Opera, Savonlinna Opera Festival, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Opera Columbus, Nashville Opera, Hawai’i Opera Theatre, Edmonton Opera, Opera Grand Rapids, Virginia Opera, Sarasota Opera, Chicago Opera Theatre, and Opera Carolina, among others.

Among the many roles that he performed were Don José in “Carmen;” Calaf in “Turandot;” Turiddu in “Cavalleria Rusticana;” Radamés in “Aida;” the title role in
“Samson et Delilah;” Cavaradossi in “Tosca;” and Rodolfo in “La Bohème,” among others.