Baritone Duncan Rock wins first Chilcott Award

Young baritone Duncan Rock has become the first recipient of the Chilcott Award, awarded to a young opera singer with potential for an international career.

Duncan Rock

Scooping a prize fund of £10,000, 28-year-old baritone Duncan Rock has become the first recipient of the Chilcott Award for young British opera singers. The award is given to the British singer who shows most promise and potential for an international singing career.

Named after the late singer Susan Chilcott, the prize money is specifically meant to further advanced learning and career development. Rock will be spending his on having singing lessons with eminent performer Robert Dean, as well as French and German language lessons.

Rock has previously appeared as Don Giovanni for the Welsh National Opera, alongside several roles at Glyndebourne and Longborough Festival Opera. He is currently preparing for his role as Papageno in The Magic Flute at the Royal Opera House.

The Susan Chilcott Scholarship, which offers the prize fund, was founded in 2005 in memory of the late singer, who died in 2003.

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