Randall Shinn composes operas and concert music, producing works reviewers have termed “passionate,” “stunning,” and “spell-binding.” His works explore a wide range of expression, from wit to fiery passion.
Reviewers have noted the “sensuality” and “sensation of physical motion” of Shinn’s music, also describing it as “lyrical” and “powerfully expressive.” One reviewer remarked 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 “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, and 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 Writings here on this site Shinn reflects on his aesthetic views relative to his music.