Friday, September 14, 2012

Duncan Rock becomes first winner of Chilcott Award

Duncan Rock
Scooping up a prize fund of £10,000, 28-year-old barihunk 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. Duncan just opened a month long run as Papageno with the English National Opera where he is performing Papageno in The Magic Flute. He returns to ENO on November 21 for a run as Morales in Bizet's Carmen opposite the Escamillo of fellow barihunk Leigh Melrose.

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


  1. If he's singing the roles he is as the companies listed, does he really need £10,000? Surely there are many talented young singers struggling at the level below this who would be much more deserving of the support. Once again, somebody wins support because they have a buzz going. I have a feeling this is more about the package than the need for support. A shame.

  2. The guy has to pay for that gym membership and trainer somehow.