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Duncan Rock

  • Baritone


Duncan Rock Press Reviews

English National Opera - 'Billy Budd' - June / July 2012

"...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

Glyndebourne Festival Opera - 'Billy Budd' - May / June 2010

"Duncan Rock displayed boundless promise as the Novice's Friend."
Rodney Milnes, Opera, July 2010

Kathleen Ferrier Competition Final - 23 April 2010

"Mature, confident and deeply thoughtful, he reminded me of a young Gerald Finley.  He inhabited the role of Mozart's Count thrillingly and gave irresistible performances of both Finzi's 'Lizbie Brown' and Mussorgsky's sepulchral Serenade."
Hilary Finch, The Times Monday, 26 April2010

GSMD - 'Seduced' (with Ian Burnside, piano) - 04 February 2008

"The dominant presence among the male singers was the sandy-haired Australian Duncan Rock, tall and athletically pumped with a ringing baritone to match."
Yehuda Shapiro, Opera, April 2008