Baritone Duncan Rock made his Royal Opera House debut in 2013, singing in Will Tuckett’s Elizabeth for The Royal Ballet at the Painted Hall of the Old Royal Naval College, Greenwich. He made his Royal Opera debut in 2014 as Marullo (Rigoletto).
Rock was born in Edinburgh and grew up in Australia. He studied law in Perth and deferred his studies on winning a scholarship at the 2006 Australian Singing Competition, presented to him by Joan Sutherland. The scholarship enabled him to travel to London to study at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and the National Opera Studio. He began his professional career in the Glyndebourne Festival Chorus, and was a 2010 Jerwood Young Artist for Glyndebourne Festival Opera. He has since been a Harewood Artist for English National Opera, where his roles have included Marcello (La bohème), Papageno (The Magic Flute), Donald (Billy Budd), Moralès (Carmen) and Schaunard (La bohème). His other appearances include Tarquinius (The Rape of Lucretia) and Novice’s Friend (Billy Budd) for Glyndebourne Festival, Billy Bigelow (Carousel) for the Théâtre du Châtelet, Tarquinius for Glyndebourne on Tour and Marcello (La bohème) for Opera North.
Concert engagements include appearances with the London Symphony Orchestra under Valery Gergiev and Donald Runnicles, with the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra under David Hill and with the BBC Symphony Orchestra at the BBC Proms under Andrew Davis and Sakari Oramo. Rock has been a Samling scholar and a Royal Philharmonic Society Young Artist. His other awards include the 2012 Susan Chilcott Scholarship.
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