Duncan Rock receives the first Chilcott Award for young British opera singers

Duncan Rock receives the first Chilcott Award for young British opera singers

Twenty-eight year old Baritone Duncan Rock has been granted the first £10,000 Chilcott Award for young British opera singers. Duncan made his Glyndebourne debut in 2010 when he performed as the Novice’s Friend in Billy Budd (pictured) and he then went on to perform at Glyndebourne as Keeper of the Madhouse in The Rake’s Progress and as Mercurio in L’incoronazione di Poppea. A Jerwood Young Artist at Glyndebourne, Duncan was also the recipient of Glyndebourne’s prestigious John Christie Award in 2010.

The Susan Chilcott Scholarship, which offers the prize fund, was founded in 2005 in memory of the late singer, who died in 2003. The Chilcott Award is given to a ‘major young artist with the potential to make an international impact’ and is specifically designed to enable advanced training or career development. Duncan will use his award to fund singing lessons with Robert Dean over the next two years, language tuition in French and German, for audition and travel related expenses and for further study of repertoire that crosses between opera and musicals (he will sing Billy in Carousel at Le Chatelet Theatre in Paris in 2013). The Chilcott Award replaces the Susan Chilcott Scholarships, offered annually, which since 2005 have helped over 50 young singers.

The award was overseen by a distinguished jury, chaired by pianist and close friend of Susan Chilcott, Iain Burnside, it included Chilcott Scholarship Trustees, soprano Dame Josephine Barstow, international voice coach Pamela Bullock and Ian Rosenblatt, Founder of the Rosenblatt Recital Series and RPS Trustee. Iain Burnside said: “The Chilcott Award is about identifying an emerging UK artist who, like Sue herself, has the potential to make an international impact within the world of opera. Duncan emerged from an exceptionally talented pool of young singers. The jury felt his combination of distinctive vocal timbre and dramatic flair marked him out as a star of the future, and we wish him well in his further career development.”

Duncan Rock studied at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and at the National Opera Studio, he has previously appeared as Don Giovanni for the Welsh National Opera, alongside his roles at Glyndebourne and at Longborough Festival Opera. He is currently preparing for his role as Papageno in The Magic Flute at the Royal Opera House.

In 2010 a video diary followed Duncan's Festival season - watch it here.

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