Duncan Rock makes sensational role debut at ENO.
Bravo to baritone Duncan Rock who has received rave reviews for his performance as Papageno in the English National Opera’s latest (and last) revival of Nicholas Hytner’s much loved production of The Magic Flute.
Andrew Clark, reviewing his performance in The Financial Times, called him a “personable Papageno, a classy singer and a real charmer”. In The Times Neil Fisher judged him “a baritone possessed of much honeyed tone and stage charisma” and George Hall in The Guardian thought him “a natural for the part”. So charmed were the first night audience that a lady in the stalls offered herself up when he threatened suicide for want of a wife ! Fiona Maddocks in the The Observer wrote that “ENO should congratulate itself on having secured 28-year-old baritone Duncan Rock as Papageno, [he] 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”.
Also on opening night came the announcement that Duncan 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”. Bravo Duncan !
To read our interview with Duncan please click here.