Duncan Rock

2012 Chilcott Award

Awarded: funding for further studies/career development

Baritone Duncan Rock studied at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and subsequently at the National Opera Studio.

A Jerwood Young Artist at the Glyndebourne Festival, he was the recipient of the 2010 John Christie Award and he is the winner of the 2012 Chilcott Award - the inaugural award from the Susan Chilcott Scholarship to support a ‘major young artist with the potential to make an international impact’.

He is fast establishing himself as an outstanding young singer and performer and his engagements in the 2012/13 season include Papageno The Magic Flute at the English National Opera - where he is a Harewood Young Artist, a return to the Glyndebourne Festival as Novice’s Friend Billy Budd and his debut at the Théâtre du Châtelet as Billy Bigelow Carousel.

He has also sung the title role in Don Giovanni for the Welsh National Opera; Donald Billy Budd for the English National Opera; Keeper of the Madhouse The Rake’s Progress and Mercurio L’incoronazione di Poppea for Glyndebourne and he has appeared with Opera Holland Park, the Longborough Festival Opera and British Youth Opera.

(September 2012)

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