Baritone

Duncan Rock

Credit: Paul Mitchell

Introduction

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

Fast establishing himself as an outstanding young singer and performer he was a Jerwood Young Artist at the Glyndebourne Festival and the recipient of the 2010 John Christie Award.  He was also 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’.

His engagements in the 2016/17 season include the title role in Don Giovanni for Glyndebourne on Tour, Donald in a new production of Billy Budd for the Teatro Réal in Madrid and Il Conte in a new production of Le nozze di Figaro for Garsington Opera.

Future seasons see him return to the Covent Garden, the Teatro Réal in Madrid and make his début at the Metropolitan Opera, New York.


Performance Schedule

  • 07:00 02 Jun 2017 Garsington Opera, STOKENCHURCH More info  

    MOZART ‘Le nozze di Figaro’

    Conductor: Douglas Boyd
    Director: JOHN COX

    Figaro: Joshua Bloom
    Susanna: Jennifer France
    Count: DUNCAN ROCK
    Countess: KIRSTEN MACKINNON
    Cherubino: Marta Fontanals-Simmons
    Bartolo: Stephen Richardson
    Marcellina: Janis Kelly
    Basilio: TIMOTHY ROBINSON
    Curzio: Alun Rhys-Jenkins

  • 07:00 04 Jun 2017 Garsington Opera, STOKENCHURCH More info  

    MOZART ‘Le nozze di Figaro’

    Conductor: Douglas Boyd
    Director: JOHN COX

    Figaro: Joshua Bloom
    Susanna: Jennifer France
    Count: DUNCAN ROCK
    Countess: KIRSTEN MACKINNON
    Cherubino: Marta Fontanals-Simmons
    Bartolo: Stephen Richardson
    Marcellina: Janis Kelly
    Basilio: TIMOTHY ROBINSON
    Curzio: Alun Rhys-Jenkins

  • 07:00 08 Jun 2017 Garsington Opera, STOKENCHURCH More info  

    MOZART ‘Le nozze di Figaro’

    Conductor: Douglas Boyd
    Director: JOHN COX

    Figaro: Joshua Bloom
    Susanna: Jennifer France
    Count: DUNCAN ROCK
    Countess: KIRSTEN MACKINNON
    Cherubino: Marta Fontanals-Simmons
    Bartolo: Stephen Richardson
    Marcellina: Janis Kelly
    Basilio: TIMOTHY ROBINSON
    Curzio: Alun Rhys-Jenkins

  • 07:00 10 Jun 2017 Garsington Opera, STOKENCHURCH More info  

    MOZART ‘Le nozze di Figaro’

    Conductor: Douglas Boyd
    Director: JOHN COX

    Figaro: Joshua Bloom
    Susanna: Jennifer France
    Count: DUNCAN ROCK
    Countess: KIRSTEN MACKINNON
    Cherubino: Marta Fontanals-Simmons
    Bartolo: Stephen Richardson
    Marcellina: Janis Kelly
    Basilio: TIMOTHY ROBINSON
    Curzio: Alun Rhys-Jenkins

  • 07:00 17 Jun 2017 Garsington Opera, STOKENCHURCH More info  

    MOZART ‘Le nozze di Figaro’

    Conductor: Douglas Boyd
    Director: JOHN COX

    Figaro: Joshua Bloom
    Susanna: Jennifer France
    Count: DUNCAN ROCK
    Countess: KIRSTEN MACKINNON
    Cherubino: Marta Fontanals-Simmons
    Bartolo: Stephen Richardson
    Marcellina: Janis Kelly
    Basilio: TIMOTHY ROBINSON
    Curzio: Alun Rhys-Jenkins

  • 19:00 27 Jun 2017 Theatre des Champs Elysees, PARIS More info  

    MOZART ‘Le nozze di Figaro’

  • 07:00 03 Jul 2017 Garsington Opera, STOKENCHURCH More info  

    MOZART ‘Le nozze di Figaro’

    Conductor: Douglas Boyd
    Director: JOHN COX

    Figaro: Joshua Bloom
    Susanna: Jennifer France
    Count: DUNCAN ROCK
    Countess: KIRSTEN MACKINNON
    Cherubino: Marta Fontanals-Simmons
    Bartolo: Stephen Richardson
    Marcellina: Janis Kelly
    Basilio: TIMOTHY ROBINSON
    Curzio: Alun Rhys-Jenkins

  • 07:00 06 Jul 2017 Garsington Opera, STOKENCHURCH More info  

    MOZART ‘Le nozze di Figaro’

    Conductor: Douglas Boyd
    Director: JOHN COX

    Figaro: Joshua Bloom
    Susanna: Jennifer France
    Count: DUNCAN ROCK
    Countess: KIRSTEN MACKINNON
    Cherubino: Marta Fontanals-Simmons
    Bartolo: Stephen Richardson
    Marcellina: Janis Kelly
    Basilio: TIMOTHY ROBINSON
    Curzio: Alun Rhys-Jenkins

  • 07:00 09 Jul 2017 Garsington Opera, STOKENCHURCH More info  

    MOZART ‘Le nozze di Figaro’

    Conductor: Douglas Boyd
    Director: JOHN COX

    Figaro: Joshua Bloom
    Susanna: Jennifer France
    Count: DUNCAN ROCK
    Countess: KIRSTEN MACKINNON
    Cherubino: Marta Fontanals-Simmons
    Bartolo: Stephen Richardson
    Marcellina: Janis Kelly
    Basilio: TIMOTHY ROBINSON
    Curzio: Alun Rhys-Jenkins

  • 07:00 11 Jul 2017 Garsington Opera, STOKENCHURCH More info  

    MOZART ‘Le nozze di Figaro’

    Conductor: Douglas Boyd
    Director: JOHN COX

    Figaro: Joshua Bloom
    Susanna: Jennifer France
    Count: DUNCAN ROCK
    Countess: KIRSTEN MACKINNON
    Cherubino: Marta Fontanals-Simmons
    Bartolo: Stephen Richardson
    Marcellina: Janis Kelly
    Basilio: TIMOTHY ROBINSON
    Curzio: Alun Rhys-Jenkins

  • 07:00 14 Jul 2017 Garsington Opera, STOKENCHURCH More info  

    MOZART ‘Le nozze di Figaro’

    Conductor: Douglas Boyd
    Director: JOHN COX

    Figaro: Joshua Bloom
    Susanna: Jennifer France
    Count: DUNCAN ROCK
    Countess: KIRSTEN MACKINNON
    Cherubino: Marta Fontanals-Simmons
    Bartolo: Stephen Richardson
    Marcellina: Janis Kelly
    Basilio: TIMOTHY ROBINSON
    Curzio: Alun Rhys-Jenkins

  • 07:00 16 Jul 2017 Garsington Opera, STOKENCHURCH More info  

    MOZART ‘Le nozze di Figaro’

    Conductor: Douglas Boyd
    Director: JOHN COX

    Figaro: Joshua Bloom
    Susanna: Jennifer France
    Count: DUNCAN ROCK
    Countess: KIRSTEN MACKINNON
    Cherubino: Marta Fontanals-Simmons
    Bartolo: Stephen Richardson
    Marcellina: Janis Kelly
    Basilio: TIMOTHY ROBINSON
    Curzio: Alun Rhys-Jenkins

Performance Schedule

  • 07:00 02 Jun 2017
    Garsington Opera, STOKENCHURCH

    MOZART ‘Le nozze di Figaro’

    Conductor: Douglas Boyd
    Director: JOHN COX

    Figaro: Joshua Bloom
    Susanna: Jennifer France
    Count: DUNCAN ROCK
    Countess: KIRSTEN MACKINNON
    Cherubino: Marta Fontanals-Simmons
    Bartolo: Stephen Richardson
    Marcellina: Janis Kelly
    Basilio: TIMOTHY ROBINSON
    Curzio: Alun Rhys-Jenkins

  • 07:00 04 Jun 2017
    Garsington Opera, STOKENCHURCH

    MOZART ‘Le nozze di Figaro’

    Conductor: Douglas Boyd
    Director: JOHN COX

    Figaro: Joshua Bloom
    Susanna: Jennifer France
    Count: DUNCAN ROCK
    Countess: KIRSTEN MACKINNON
    Cherubino: Marta Fontanals-Simmons
    Bartolo: Stephen Richardson
    Marcellina: Janis Kelly
    Basilio: TIMOTHY ROBINSON
    Curzio: Alun Rhys-Jenkins

  • 07:00 08 Jun 2017
    Garsington Opera, STOKENCHURCH

    MOZART ‘Le nozze di Figaro’

    Conductor: Douglas Boyd
    Director: JOHN COX

    Figaro: Joshua Bloom
    Susanna: Jennifer France
    Count: DUNCAN ROCK
    Countess: KIRSTEN MACKINNON
    Cherubino: Marta Fontanals-Simmons
    Bartolo: Stephen Richardson
    Marcellina: Janis Kelly
    Basilio: TIMOTHY ROBINSON
    Curzio: Alun Rhys-Jenkins

  • 07:00 10 Jun 2017
    Garsington Opera, STOKENCHURCH

    MOZART ‘Le nozze di Figaro’

    Conductor: Douglas Boyd
    Director: JOHN COX

    Figaro: Joshua Bloom
    Susanna: Jennifer France
    Count: DUNCAN ROCK
    Countess: KIRSTEN MACKINNON
    Cherubino: Marta Fontanals-Simmons
    Bartolo: Stephen Richardson
    Marcellina: Janis Kelly
    Basilio: TIMOTHY ROBINSON
    Curzio: Alun Rhys-Jenkins

  • 07:00 17 Jun 2017
    Garsington Opera, STOKENCHURCH

    MOZART ‘Le nozze di Figaro’

    Conductor: Douglas Boyd
    Director: JOHN COX

    Figaro: Joshua Bloom
    Susanna: Jennifer France
    Count: DUNCAN ROCK
    Countess: KIRSTEN MACKINNON
    Cherubino: Marta Fontanals-Simmons
    Bartolo: Stephen Richardson
    Marcellina: Janis Kelly
    Basilio: TIMOTHY ROBINSON
    Curzio: Alun Rhys-Jenkins

  • 19:00 27 Jun 2017
    Theatre des Champs Elysees, PARIS

    MOZART ‘Le nozze di Figaro’

  • 07:00 03 Jul 2017
    Garsington Opera, STOKENCHURCH

    MOZART ‘Le nozze di Figaro’

    Conductor: Douglas Boyd
    Director: JOHN COX

    Figaro: Joshua Bloom
    Susanna: Jennifer France
    Count: DUNCAN ROCK
    Countess: KIRSTEN MACKINNON
    Cherubino: Marta Fontanals-Simmons
    Bartolo: Stephen Richardson
    Marcellina: Janis Kelly
    Basilio: TIMOTHY ROBINSON
    Curzio: Alun Rhys-Jenkins

  • 07:00 06 Jul 2017
    Garsington Opera, STOKENCHURCH

    MOZART ‘Le nozze di Figaro’

    Conductor: Douglas Boyd
    Director: JOHN COX

    Figaro: Joshua Bloom
    Susanna: Jennifer France
    Count: DUNCAN ROCK
    Countess: KIRSTEN MACKINNON
    Cherubino: Marta Fontanals-Simmons
    Bartolo: Stephen Richardson
    Marcellina: Janis Kelly
    Basilio: TIMOTHY ROBINSON
    Curzio: Alun Rhys-Jenkins

  • 07:00 09 Jul 2017
    Garsington Opera, STOKENCHURCH

    MOZART ‘Le nozze di Figaro’

    Conductor: Douglas Boyd
    Director: JOHN COX

    Figaro: Joshua Bloom
    Susanna: Jennifer France
    Count: DUNCAN ROCK
    Countess: KIRSTEN MACKINNON
    Cherubino: Marta Fontanals-Simmons
    Bartolo: Stephen Richardson
    Marcellina: Janis Kelly
    Basilio: TIMOTHY ROBINSON
    Curzio: Alun Rhys-Jenkins

  • 07:00 11 Jul 2017
    Garsington Opera, STOKENCHURCH

    MOZART ‘Le nozze di Figaro’

    Conductor: Douglas Boyd
    Director: JOHN COX

    Figaro: Joshua Bloom
    Susanna: Jennifer France
    Count: DUNCAN ROCK
    Countess: KIRSTEN MACKINNON
    Cherubino: Marta Fontanals-Simmons
    Bartolo: Stephen Richardson
    Marcellina: Janis Kelly
    Basilio: TIMOTHY ROBINSON
    Curzio: Alun Rhys-Jenkins

  • 07:00 14 Jul 2017
    Garsington Opera, STOKENCHURCH

    MOZART ‘Le nozze di Figaro’

    Conductor: Douglas Boyd
    Director: JOHN COX

    Figaro: Joshua Bloom
    Susanna: Jennifer France
    Count: DUNCAN ROCK
    Countess: KIRSTEN MACKINNON
    Cherubino: Marta Fontanals-Simmons
    Bartolo: Stephen Richardson
    Marcellina: Janis Kelly
    Basilio: TIMOTHY ROBINSON
    Curzio: Alun Rhys-Jenkins

  • 07:00 16 Jul 2017
    Garsington Opera, STOKENCHURCH

    MOZART ‘Le nozze di Figaro’

    Conductor: Douglas Boyd
    Director: JOHN COX

    Figaro: Joshua Bloom
    Susanna: Jennifer France
    Count: DUNCAN ROCK
    Countess: KIRSTEN MACKINNON
    Cherubino: Marta Fontanals-Simmons
    Bartolo: Stephen Richardson
    Marcellina: Janis Kelly
    Basilio: TIMOTHY ROBINSON
    Curzio: Alun Rhys-Jenkins

Discography

 
  • BRITTEN 'The Rape of Lucretia' More info  

    Label: Opus Arte (DVD)

    Release Date: 29 Jul 16

    Fiona Shaw's production recorded live at the 2015 Glyndebourne Festival

    Lucretia: Christine Rice
    Male Chorus: Allan Clayton
    Female Chorus: Kate Royal
    Tarquinius: Duncan Rock
    Collatinus: Matthew Rose
    Junius: Michael Sumuel
    Bianca: Catherine Wyn-Rogers
    Lucia: Louise Alder

    London Philharmonic Orchestra/Leo Hussain

  • STRAVINSKY 'The Rake's Progress' More info  

    Label: Opus Arte (DVD)

    Release Date: 02 May 16

    John Cox's production recorded live at the 2010 Glyndebourne Festival

    Anne Trulove: Miah Persson
    Tom Rakewell: Topi Lehtipuu
    Father Trulove: Clive Bayley
    Nick Shadow: Matthew Rose
    Mother Goose: Susan Gorton
    Baba the Turk: Elena Manistina
    Sellem: Graham Clark
    Keeper of the Madhouse: Duncan Rock

    London Philharmonic Orchestra/Vladimir Jurowski

  • 08 Feb 17 Britten Billy Budd
    Teatro Réal, Madrid
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    “Duncan Rock was a perfect counterpoint to Billy, both vocally and physically, as Donald.”
    Fernando Remiro, Bachtrack, 06 February 2017

  • 18 Oct 16 Britten The Rape of Lucretia
    Opus Arte (DVD)
    More info  

    “Duncan Rock’s Tarquinius is handsomely and passionately sung; with his muscular frame, he looks the part.”
    Christopher Ballantine, Opera, November 2016

  • 17 Oct 16 Mozart Don Giovanni
    Glyndebourne on Tour
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    “Duncan Rock, strolling around in a smart white dinner jacket, gave a commendable vocal performance as the dodgy don, oozing warmth and seduction with a honied baritone that, until the damnation scene, seemed happily unhurried, embodied in a fine “Deh, vieni alla finestra”, where he reined in the voice to a tender pianissimo, perfectly audible thanks to excellent projection.”
    Dominic Lowe, Bachtrack, 17 October 2016

    “Duncan Rock’s young, handsome Giovanni-a James Bond type in a white tuxedo…was and old-school, swashbuckling ‘burlador de Sevilla’, a charmer, certainly, but one whose bullying instincts easily surfaced…he delivered both of his famous solos – ‘Finch’ han dal vino’ and the Serenade to Elvira’s maid – with the requisite braggadocio for the former and appropriately sweet nothings for the later.  He should go far in the part.”
    Hugh Canning, Opera, December 2016

    “The singers formed a strong, well-characterised cast, headed by Duncan Rock’s suave Don Giovanni – rather than a figure of vulgar self-assertion, the mellow tone of his singing told all the more in the character’s favour in numbers such as ‘Là ci darem la mano’ or the ‘Champagne’ aria to express the captivating power he might have over so many women.”
    Curtis Rogers, Classical Source, 13 November 2016

  • 14 Sep 16 Jonathan Dove Our Revels now are Ended
    BBC Symphony Orchestra/Sakari Oramo at The Last Night of the Proms
    More info  

    “Other highlights [included] Baritone Duncan Rock’s measured delivery of Jonathan Dove’s valedictory Our revels now are ended.”
    Nick Kimberley, Evening Standard, 12 September 2016

  • 12 Aug 16 Britten A Midsummer Night's Dream
    Glyndebourne Festival Opera
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    “Duncan Rock an impetuous Demetrius, polished into manhood by singing of tremendous evenness and gloss.”
    Alexandra Coghlan, The Arts Desk, 12 August 2016

    “…the quartet of lovers– Kate Royal and Elizabeth DeShong as Helena and Hermia, Benjamin Hulett and Duncan Rock as Lysander and Demetrius – were a delight…”
    Rupert Christiansen, The Telegraph, 12 August 2016

    “The four lovers – Duncan Rock (Demetrius), Elizabeth DeShong (Hermia), Benjamin Hulett (Lysander) and Kate Royal (Helena) – rise splendidly to the challenge of their roles, nowhere more so than in their exquisite quartet of reconciliation.”
    Barry Millington, The Stage, 12 August 2016

    “Duncan Rock’s firm baritone made for an heroic-sounding Demetrius.”
    Mark Pullinger, Bachtrack, 12 August 2016

    “It was a pleasure to hear Demetrius sung with such cultivated poise by Duncan Rock.”
    Peter Reed, Classical Source, 11 August 2016

    “Duncan Rock is another house favourite and his Demetrius was as well sung and convincingly acted as we’ve come to expect from him.”
    Melanie Eskenazi, Music OHM, 14 August 2016

    “…Duncan Rock’s sterling Demetrius…”
    Richard Fairman, The Financial Times, 14 August 2016

    “The lovers, Lysander (Benjamin Hulett), Hermia (Elisabeth DeShong), Helena (Kate Royal) and Demetrius (Duncan Rock) were also well cast.”
    Anne Ozorio, Operatoday, 20 August 2016

    “The lovers are nicely defined, Benjamin Hulett’s easy-going Lysander contrasting with Duncan Rock’s impetuous Demetrius.”
    Clare Colvin, Express, 24 August 2016

    “Duncan Rock brought a velvet-gloved punch (and exceptional diction) to Demetrius.”
    Yehuda Shapiro, Opera, October 2016

  • 26 Apr 16 Rodgers & Hammerstein Carousel
    Houston Grand Opera
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    “Carnival bad boy Billy (baritone Duncan Rock, solid and rock-like)…Rock is commanding indeed. His famous “Soliloquy,” [which] is powerfully conveyed.”
    D.L. Groover, Houston Press, 25 April 2016

    “Baritone Duncan Rock was a personable Billy Bigelow. He was impressive both for his singing and his acting in his romantic duet If I Loved You with Andrea Carroll’s Julie Jordan. He was stunningly effective in Billy’s Soliloquy, his long scene contemplating his imminent fatherhood.”
    Opera Warhorses, 24 April 2016

    “…baritone Duncan Rock takes on the gruff role of Billy Bigelow with rakish good grace…his instrument is one of overall heft and surprising dexterity.”
    Sydney Boyd, Houstonia, 25 April 2016

  • 19 Feb 16 Donizetti L'elisir d'amore
    Opera North
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    “Duncan Rock’s preening and elegantly sung Belcore avoids all possible boorishness and roughness of delivery.”
    Ronald Simpson, Huddersfield Daily Examiner, 18 February 2016

    “[Adina’s] macho pursuer, Captain Belcore was Duncan Rock who serviced the role with a fine baritone voice. Judging by other performances that I have seen it is a difficult role to pull off.  For example Belcore can be portrayed  as a  pompous buffoon. Duncan Rock added  a degree of Italian male seductive stylishness to the part that convinced.”
    John Leeman, Seen and Heard, 18 February 2016

    “Duncan Rock’s macho Belcore and Fflur Wyn’s sparky Giannetta complete an agile cast.”
    Martin Dreyer, The York Press, 19 February 2016

    “Equally, if not more, memorable is baritone Duncan Rock as swaggering Captain Belcore, who appears with his smirking crew in an immaculate white uniform, riding a Vespa through the tables and chairs. He is the type who might kick sand into the face of a lesser-muscled man, like Nemorino, but he has great comic style, as he flips open a little compartment in his scooter to produce a bunch of red roses for Adina, kicking it shut and proceeding to her table to claim her as his own. Duncan is most compelling, his rich chocolate baritone dominating as he sings “Come Paride vezzoso” (Just as the charming Paris…) in Act I. He also reveals considerable acting talents throughout.”
    Richard Wilcocks, Bachtrack, 18 February 2016

    “Duncan Rock is splendidly self-involved as the vacuous officer Belcore.”
    Alfred Hickling, The Guardian, 26 February 2016

    “Duncan Rock’s macho Belcore, in cool shades and white uniform completed an agile cast.”
    Martin Dreyer, Opera, April 2016

  • 19 Oct 15 Puccini La bohème
    English National Opera
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    “Duncan Rock hits the mark as a robust and sympathetic Marcello.”
    Rupert Christiansen , The Telegraph, 17 October 2015

    “…it was largely because of Duncan Rock’s strapping, volatile, vocally large and open Marcello that the four guys made their presence felt. Rock was good at galvanising the Act Four duo with Rodolfo and excellent at shadowing the main relationship through his tortured enslavement to Rhian Lois’s Musetta.”
    Peter Reed, Classical Source, 16 October 2015

    “Pick of the bohemian boys were the two baritones: Duncan Rock’s sympathetic, warmly sung Marcello…”
    Mark Pullinger, Bachtrack, 17 October 2015

    “With his strong baritone, Duncan Rock is good value as Marcello.”
    Sam Smith, Music OMH, 18 October 2015

    “Duncan Rock as Marcello gave [a] strong performance.”
    Barry Millington, Evening Standard, 19 October 2015

    “Rock’s Marcello, his rough masculinity hiding deep vulnerability, is outstanding.”
    Tim Ashley, The Guardian, 20 October 2015

    “Duncan Rock’s hard-drinking painter Marcello is outstanding.”
    Clare Colvin, Express, 25 October 2015

    “As Marcello, Duncan Rock, looking startlingly like a beefed-up Prince Harry in pyjamas, gave the strongest performance of the evening. His large, rock-solid baritone and easy-going acting made him the most sympathetic character on show.”
    Steve Silverman, Opera Britannia, 24 October 2015

    “Duncan Rock’s Marcello was the stand-out performance…Rock used his powerful baritone to make Marcello a three-dimensional character, at times petulant but with a genuine sense of fun; a young man who seemed ‘real’ and about whom we might care.”
    Claire Seymour, Opera Today, 01 November 2015

    “Duncan Rock created a solidly positive impression, vocally as well as physically, as Marcello, his healthy, medium-weight lyric baritone placing him firmly to the fore of the vocal picture.”
    George Hall, Opera News, January 2016

  • 06 Jul 15 Britten The Rape of Lucretia
    Glyndebourne Festival Opera
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    “Duncan Rock’s Tarquinius, ‘Panther agile and panther virile’ as the Male Chorus says, was another ideal casting, singing with gloriously open tone and characterizing this difficult role without recourse to superfluous swagger.”
    Melanie Eskenazi, Music OMH, 06 July 2015

    “Duncan Rock’s struttingly macho yet weirdly vulnerable Tarquinius.”
    Rupert Christiansen, The Telegraph, 06 July 2015

    “Duncan Rock returns with robust, virile singing (and terrifyingly brawny physique to match) as the violator Tarquinius.”
    Edward Bhesania, The Stage, 06 July 2015

    “The voices of Christine Rice, Catherine Wyn-Rogers, Louise Alder and Duncan Rock are hauntingly beautiful…the loutish Tarquinius – Duncan Rock, imposing both physically and vocally…”
    David Karlin, Bachtrack, 06 July 2015

    “Duncan Rock’s forthright baritone conveys Tarquinius’s casual destructiveness, in vivid contrast to the caring nature of Collatinus…”
    George Hall, The Guardian, 07 July 2015

    “The men in [Lucretia’s] story become hugely dominating figures, Duncan Rock looming over her Schwarzenegger-like as Tarquinius…”
    Richard Fairman, Financial Times, 07 July 2015

    “The singers are close to ideal and diction throughout the supercharged company is as exemplary as their singing and acting. Duncan Rock is Tarquinius to the life: dangerous, sexual, plausible and regal.”
    Mark Valencia, What’s on Stage, 14 July 2015

    “Duncan Rock a Tarquinius of Schwarzenegger-like physical strength.”
    Richard Fairman, Opera, September 2015

    “Le Tarquinius de Duncan Rock est d’autant plus terrifiant que son physique est séduisant ; hautement testostéronée tant vocalement que physiquement, leur première scène en trio augure du drame à venir et Rock y imprime la rage de timbre d’un conquérant sans foi ni loi.”
    Chantal Cazaux, L’Avant-Scène Opéra, 19 August 2015

  • 06 May 15 Mozart Don Giovanni
    Boston Lyric Opera
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    “From his fervently shaped ‘Là ci darem la mano’ to his exuberant ‘Finch’han dal vino,’ Rock’s Don Giovanni is a life force, comic, witty, intelligent, never mean-spirited. And his interplay with Kevin Burdette’s Leporello provides the production’s best moments. Burdette makes the most of his ‘Madamina’ catalogue aria, and he does a hilarious impersonation of his master.”
    Jeffrey Gantz, Boston Globe, 03 May 2015

    “In his BLO debut, singer Rock made [Giovanni] vocally convincing, with a powerful, focused baritone brimming with masculine energy.”
    David Wright, Boston Classical Review, 02 May 2015

  • 18 Nov 14 Britten The Rape of Lucretia
    Deutsche Oper, Berlin
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    “Tarquinius was the baritone Duncan Rock, whose athletic physique features significantly in this production. His voice is strong but smooth, rounded like a fine Lied interpreter but with unquestionable operatic power. His acting is wholly unified, with movements married perfectly to diction and vocal colour. Duncan Rock has everything you could want in an opera singer and more.”
    Max Woods, Bachtrack, 17 November 2014

    “Duncan Rock, plötzlich gar nicht mehr männlich, singt mit hinreißender Intimität und Traurigkeit die schlafende Lucretia an und lässt wenigstens für einen Moment Herzen schmelzen.”
    Lisa Jüttner, Musik Magazin, 24 November 2014

    2A veteran of last year’s performances [Rock] was completely inside his role, which he sang and acted with frightening intensity.”
    Carlos Maria Solare, Opera, February 2015

  • 15 Sep 14 Verdi Rigoletto
    Royal Opera House, Covent Garden
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    “…exceptional work from Luis Gomes as Borsa, and Duncan Rock as a commanding Marullo.”
    Mark Valencia, What’s on Stage, 13 September 2014

    “…baritone Duncan Rock, a familiar ENO face, makes an efficient house debut as Marullo…”
    David Gutman, The Stage, 15 September 2014

    “There are also strong contributions from Duncan Rock as Marullo and Luis Gomes as Borsa.”
    Sam Smith, Music OMH, 16 September 2014

    “…Duncan Rock’s brutal Marullo…”
    Tim Ashley, The Guardian, 16 September 2014

    “Only Duncan Rock’s noticeable Marullo wears the cod-renaissance costumes with the kind of swagger the staging desperately needs.  He’s a young singer eager to please.  This looked like and audition for Don Giovanni.”
    Hugh Canning, Opera, December 2014

  • 06 May 14 Puccini La bohème
    Opera North
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    “…there’s excellent singing from Duncan Rock, both virile and sensitive as Marcello…”
    Rupert Christiansen, The Telegraph, 06 May 2014

    “Duncan Rock (Marcello) was in warm vocal form and for my money one of the best characterisations.”
    Robert Beale, Manchester Evening News, 15 May 2014

    “The Bohemian lads were notably spontaneous in their knockabouts, having seemingly devised some business on their own.  Duncan Rock’s irrepressible Marcello was the prime mover…”
    Martin Dreyer, Opera, July 2014

  • 21 Oct 13 Britten The Rape of Lucretia
    Glyndebourne on Tour
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    “[Fiona] Shaw draws magnificent performances from a mostly young cast. The men are just about ideal [including] Duncan Rock as the gym-buffed Tarquinius.”
    Rupert Christiansen, The Telegraph, 21 October 2013

    “Duncan Rock’s charismatic Tarquinius…  Rock undercuts Tarquinius’s raffish allure with unnerving intimations of psychotic violence.”
    Tim Ashley, The Guardian, 20 October, 2013

    “The singers are close to ideal, every one of them…it’s an A-list ensemble of exceptional quality, and everyone’s exemplary diction makes the surtitles quite unnecessary. Duncan Rock’s military hunk of a Tarquinius looms dangerously over Claudia Huckle’s vulnerable, shift-clad Lucretia…”
    Mark Valencia, What’s on Stage, 20 October 2013

    “[Fiona] Shaw’s soldiers splendidly transcend the effeteness of their lines – Duncan Rock’s Tarquinius, and David Soar’s Collatinus are entirely believable as they banter in their bivouac.”
    Michael Church, The Independent, 21 October 2013

    “Duncan Rock is a bold, rich-toned and physically beefy Tarquinius.”
    Edward Bhesania, The Stage, 21 October 2013

    “Musically and physically Duncan Rock’s Tarquinius has an imposing muscularity.”
    Andrew Clark, Financial Times, 21 October 2013

    “Baritone Duncan Rock is superb as the brute Tarquinius, all menacing physique and rampant ambition.”
    Stephen Pritchard, The Observer, 27 October 2013

    “All the singing is top quality, with strapping great voices from David Soar (Collatinus) and Duncan Rock, impressive as Tarquinius.”
    Rosenna East, The Big Issue, 22 October 2013

    “Particular praise though, for David Soar’s warm-voiced, poignant Collatinus [and] for Duncan Rock’s brutal, physically imposing, vocally uncompromising Tarquinius.”
    Roger Parker, Opera, December 2013

    “Duncan Rock gave us a very virile and brutish Tarquinius and he did an excellent job in depicting the military banter of the opening scene and in showing his descent from imposing general to loutish, sexual thug in the pivotal rape scene.”
    Robert Beattie, Seen and Heard, 21 November 2013

  • 12 Aug 13 Britten Billy Budd
    Glyndebourne Festival Opera
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    “Duncan Rock gives us a taste of what to expect from his Tarquinius in the forthcoming Glyndebourne The Rape of Lucretia as Novice’s Friend.”
    Alexandra Coghlan, The Arts Desk, 11 August 2013

    “…below decks Duncan Rock stands out as the flogged Novice’s kind friend.”
    Rupert Christiansen, The Telegraph, 12 August 2012

    “Duncan Rock (a budding Billy) makes his mark as the Novice’s Friend.”
    Keith McDonnell, What’s on Stage, 12 August 2013

  • 29 Apr 13 Puccini La bohème
    English National Opera
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    “Duncan Rock’s charismatic Schaunard goes to pieces as Mimì dies.”
    Tim Ashley, The Guardian, 30 April 2012

    “Duncan Rock is a strong and assertive Schaunard.”
    Richard Fairman, The Financial Times, 30 April 2012

    “Duncan Rock rounds out the young artists as a dynamic Schaunard.”
    Alexandra Coghlan,The Arts Desk, 30 April 2013

    “Duncan Rock once again proves that he is the most exciting young baritone on the company’s roster with his faultless portrayal of Schaunard.”
    Keith McDonnell, What’s on Stage, 01 May 2013

  • 18 Mar 13 Rodgers & Hammerstein Carousel
    Théâtre du Châtelet
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    “Formidable Billy beau gosse de Duncan Rock, bartyon de grande venue.”
    Jean-Charles Hoffelé, Concert Classic, 20 March 2013

  • 18 Jan 13 Britten Billy Budd
    English National Opera
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    “…the charisma of Duncan Rock’s Donald, whose striking performance looked like an audition for the title role…”
    Hugh Canning, The Sunday Times, 24 June 2012

    “Duncan Rock’s noticable Donald.”
    Rodney Milnes, Opera, August 2012

    “Some younger singers stood out among a fine supporting cast: Duncan Rock as a virile Donald.”
    Rupert Christiansen, The Telegraph, 19 June 2012

    “Bright young stars emerge from the ensemble – Duncan Rock’s wonderfully virile and ‘present’ Donald.”
    Edward Seckerson, The Independent, 19 June 2012

    “Duncan Rock is a spirited and effective Donald.”
    Sam Smith, Londonist, 20 June 2012

    “The physically and vocally imposing Duncan Rock as Donald, who gives the most rounded performance of the evening. Here is a singer to watch as not only is he a striking stage presence, but he possesses a wonderfully rich baritone voice, that is plainly destined for greatness.”
    Keith McDonnell, What’s On Stage, 19 June 2012

    “We get an unexpected glimpse of how the role [Billy] should go in terms of singing and acting when the baritone singing Donald – Duncan Rock – launches into the ‘We’re off to Samoa’ chorus. Suddenly, Billy Budd was there before us to the life, bluff, rich voiced, even and fully rounded, person handsome, imposing and strikingly charismatic, the exact sort of insouciantly alluring character to whom the other sailors and Vere himself would all fall willing victim.”
    Stephen Jay-Taylor, Opera Britannia, 20 July 2012

  • 15 Sep 12 Mozart Die Zauberflöte
    English National Opera
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    “Duncan Rock is the tall, personable Papageno, a classy singer and a real charmer.”
    Andrew Clark, Financial Times, 16 September 2012

    “There’s little to fault in the up-and-coming Rock, just announced as the winner of the first Chilcott Award for young singers, and a baritone possessed of much honeyed tone and stage charisma. This is neither the goofiest nor the most tragic Papageno, but it is one of the most honest and amiable, and the Aussie singer does a good impression of a cheeky larrikin, too.”
    Neil Fisher, The Times, 17 September 2012

    “There’s little to fault in the up-and-coming Rock, just announced as the winner of the first Chilcott Award for young singers, and a baritone possessed of much honeyed tone and stage charisma. This is neither the goofiest nor the most tragic Papageno, but it is one of the most honest and amiable, and the Aussie singer does a good impression of a cheeky larrikin, too.”
    Neil Fisher, The Times, 17 September 2012

    “Crucial to the success of any Flute is the role librettist Emanuel Schikaneder originally designed to showcase his own talents – that of the bird-catcher, Papageno. Duncan Rock seems a natural for the part, his antipodean ebullience enabling him to connect ever more confidently with the audience throughout the evening.”
    George Hall, The Guardian, 14 September 2012

    “ENO should congratulate itself on having secured 28-year-old baritone Duncan Rock as Papageno, who this week won the first £10,000 Chilcott award for young British opera singers.  Papageno seemed a bit alarmed when, after asking for a bride to save him from a lonely death, a woman in the second row stalls volunteered her services. It’s an idea that might catch on.”
    Fiona Maddocks, The Observer, 16 September 2012

    “Duncan Rock’s hugely promising Papageno.”
    David Mellor, Daily Mail, 24 September 2012

    “Duncan Rock’s world-class Papageno…was full of rugged charm and charisma.”
    Jim Pritchard, Scene and Heard, 16 September 2012

    “The best singing comes from Australians. Duncan Rock showcases his distinctive vocal timbre in a broad treatment that has him referring to Papagena as a ‘sheila’.”
    David Gutman, The Stage, 14 September 2012

    “Musically, this revival has a good solid cast but for me the two standout performances came from Duncan Rock’s scene-stealing Papageno and Kathryn Lewek’s stratospheric Queen of the Night. Rock is one of the ENO Harewood Artists and winner of the inaugural 2012 Chilcott Award, definitely one to keep an eye on in future. This young Australian baritone boasts a warm and attractive timbre which is beautifully smooth and even across the registers with excellent diction to boot. He has a very natural and easy-going stage presence which makes him instantly likeable, together with a flair for comedy – helped by the added ‘Australianisms’ in his updated spoken dialogue. His ‘Ein Mädchen oder Weibchen’ was delightful and he even managed to inspire a lady in the stalls to volunteer to marry him during the attempted suicide scene (which certainly wasn’t in the script, but which he handled with aplomb). In some ways he reminded me of a young Keenlyside and I hope I’ll get the chance to hear his Don Giovanni at some point.”
    Faye Courtney, Opera Britannia, 25 September 2012

    “Duncan Rock’s portrayal of Papageno, including his subtle communication with the audience throughout (as surely envisaged by Schikaneder, the opera’s librettist and first Papageno), was fully credible. So much so, that it was no surprise to witness a lady in the audience offering to come to the rescue when Papageno considers hanging himself. It is a credit to Rock that he handled this incident skilfully (and acknowledged it gracefully at the curtain calls). Rock’s musical interpretation is full of tonal nuances and serves Mozart’s harmonies superbly.”
    Agnes Kory, Musical Criticism, 18 September 2012

    “Duncan Rock lends refinement as a beautifully-sung Papageno, less knockabout clown than baritone hunk bursting through the feathers, in a performance that suggests future greatness as Mozart’s wicked Don (a role he’s already played to acclaim).”
    Simon Thomas, What’s on Stage, 14 December 2012

    “Rock plays his part to the full, clearly enjoying, and expanding upon, the slapstick and fickle elements to his role.”
    Rachel Phillips, Londonist, 18 September 2012

Repertoire

OPERA REPERTOIRE

ADAMS
The Death of Klinghoffer (Mamoud)

BIZET
Carmen (Escamillo)

BRITTEN
Billy Budd (Billy)
Death in Venice (English Clerk & Guide)
Gloriana (Mountjoy)
A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Demetrius)
Owen Wingrave (Owen Wingrave)
The Rape of Lucretia (Tarquinius)

DONIZETTI
L’elisir d’amore (Belcore)

DOVE
Flight (Steward)

LEONCAVALLO
Pagliacci (Silvio)

MONTEVERDI
L’incoronazione di Poppea (Mercurio)

MOZART
Così fan tutte (Guglielmo)
Die Zauberflöte (Papageno)
Don Giovanni (Don Giovanni)
Le nozze di Figaro (Il Conte)

PUCCINI
La bohème (Marcello)
Manon Lescaut (Lescaut)

RODGERS
Carousel (Billy Bigelow)

STRAVINSKY
Oedipus Rex (Messenger)
The Rake’s Progress (Nick Shadow)

SULLIVAN
The Gondoliers (Giuseppe)

VERDI
Rigoletto (Marullo)

CONCERT REPERTOIRE

BACH
St John Passion
St Matthew Passion

BEETHOVEN
Missa Solemnis
Symphony no. 9

BRAHMS
Ein Deutsches Requiem

BRITTEN
War Requiem
Journey of the Magi (Canticle IV)

DURUFLE
Requiem

DVORAK
Te Deum

ELGAR
The Dream of Gerontius

FAURE
Requiem

HANDEL
Messiah

HAYDN
Die Schöpfung
Die Jahreszeiten

MOZART
Requiem

VAUGHAN WILLIAMS
A Sea Symphony