Baritone Duncan Rock made his Royal Ballet debut in 2013 in Will Tuckett’s Elizabeth. He made his Royal Opera debut in 2014 as Marullo (Rigoletto) and has returned as Schaunard (La bohème) and Donald (Billy Budd). In the 2019/20 Season he reprises the role of Schaunard.
Rock was born in Edinburgh and grew up in Australia. He trained at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and the National Opera Studio. Engagements include Schaunard and Papageno (Die Zauberflöte) for the Metropolitan Opera, New York, Charles Blount, Lord Mountjoy (Gloriana) and Donald for Teatro Real, Madrid, Count Almaviva (Le nozze di Figaro) for the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées, Paris, and Garsington Opera, Tarquinius (The Rape of Lucretia) and Don Giovanni for Glyndebourne on Tour and Deutsche Oper Berlin, Don Giovanni for Opera Queensland, Demetrius (A Midsummer Night’s Dream) and Tarquinius for Glyndebourne Festival, Billy Bigelow (Carousel) for Houston Grand Opera, Jan (Mazzoli’s Breaking the Waves) for Scottish Opera at Edinburgh Festival, Belcore (L’elisir d’amore) and Marcello (La bohème) for Opera North and Peter (Hansel and Gretel) and Marcello for ENO.
Rock’s concert appearances include the Last Night of the Proms with the BBC Symphony Orchestra and Sakari Oramo and appearances with orchestras including London Symphony Orchestra, Münchner Rundfunkorchester, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra of the Teatro Real, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, and Borusan Istanbul Philharmonic Orchestra, and conductors Ivor Bolton, Paul Daniel, Valery Gergiev, Sascha Goetzel, David Hill, Nicholas McGegan and Simon Rattle. 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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Duncan Rock as Schaunard, Fernando Radó as Colline, Etienne Dupuis and Matthew Polezani as Rodolfo in La Bohème, The Royal Opera
Matthew Polezani as Rodolfo, Etienne Dupuis as Marcello, Fernando Radó as Colline and Duncan Rock as Schaunard in La Bohème, The Royal Opera
Duncan Rock as Schaunard, Fernando Radó as Colline, Etienne Dupuis as Marcello and Matthew Polezani as Rodolfo in La Bohème, The Royal Opera
Duncan Rock as Marullo and Simon Keenlyside as Rigoletto with members of the Royal Opera Chorus in Rigoletto
Jacques Imbrailo as Billy Budd and Duncan Rock as Donald in Billy Budd, The Royal Opera