Young baritone Duncan Rock is fast making his mark on the international opera stage. He is currently a Harewood Artist for English National Opera where he recently made his Coliseum debut singing Donald in David Alden’s new production of Billy Budd. Also for ENO this season he will appear as Morales in a new version of Carmen, Schaunard in Johnathan Miller’s La Boheme, and as Papageno in the final revival of Nicholas Hytner’s much-loved The Magic Flute.
As 2010 Jerwood Young Artist at Glyndebourne Festival Opera Duncan was awarded the prestigious John Christie Award. For Glyndebourne he has sung in Rake’s Progress (designed by David Hockney), Billy Budd (directed by Michael Grandage) and the acclaimed production of L’Incoronazione di Poppea. He will return to Glyndebourne in 2013 for both its Festival and touring seasons.
Duncan is a graduate of the National Opera Studio. He also holds a Masters Degree in Music and Opera from London’s Guildhall School of Music and Drama where he received a full scholarship from the Independent Opera foundation.
As winner of the 2006 Australian Singing Competition, Duncan was presented with the Marianne Mathy Award by the late Dame Joan Sutherland. He has since been a Samling Scholar, Royal Philharmonic Society Young Artist, a finalist in the Kathleen Ferrier Competition and the recipient of the Overseas Award from the Royal Overseas League Singing Competition.
He was awarded the song prize and overall second place at the 2009 Mozart International Singing Competition. That same year he took master classes at the Mozarteum Academy Salzburg and was a Steans Institute Young Artist at the Ravinia Festival in Chicago. He also sang for a television audience of millions during the Ashes opening ceremony in Cardiff.
Duncan has performed at the Royal National Theatre and for Queen Elizabeth II at Australia House; sung Rachmaninov songs at the Barbican Centre with the London Symphony Orchestra and the bass lead in Handel’s Messiah at Royal Albert Hall conducted by Sir David Willcocks. He is privileged to have worked with some of the world’s leading musicians and performers including Sir Mark Elder, Sir Charles Mackerras, Vladimir Yurovsky, Sir Thomas Allen, Ed Gardiner, Dmitri Hvorostovsky, Malcolm Martineau, Graham Johnson and Iain Burnside.
Duncan is represented by Askonas Holt arts management agency.