The Canadian-born (and New York-based) baritone, Tyler Duncan, holds music degrees from the University of British Columbia; Germanyís Hochschule für Musik (Augsburg) and Hochschule für Musik und Theater (Munich), Edith Wiens and Helmut Deutsch among his teachers. Duncanís considerable gifts in the realm of art song have earned him prizes from the Naumburg, Wigmore Hall (London) and ARD (Munich) Competitions. He was also winner of the 2010 Joy in Singing competition, the 2008 New York Oratorio Society Competition, 2007 Prix International Pro Musicis Award and the Bernard Diamant Prize from the Canada Council for the Arts.
Tyler Duncan enjoys international renown for bringing consummate musicianship, vocal beauty and interpretive insight to recital, concert andĖincreasinglyĖoperatic literature. In spring 2010 he debuts at the American Spoleto Festival in the role of Friendly in the 18th-century ballad opera Flora. He has sung Demetrius in Benjamin Brittenís A Midsummer Nightís Dream at the Princeton Festival; roles in Lullyís Armide with Houstonís Mercury Baroque; Purcellís The Faerie Queen with Early Music Vancouver; Papageno in W.A. Mozart's Die Zauberflöte in Rotterdam and Utrecht; the title role of W.A. Mozartís Le nozze di Figaro on a Swiss tour with the Münchener Kammerorchester under Christoph Poppen; and the High Priest in the Richard-Strauss adaptation of W.A. Mozartís Idomeneo conducted by Ion Marin at the Strauss Festival in Garmisch-Partenkirchen. Forthcoming on the CPO label is his Boston Early Music Festival recording of the title role of John Blowís Venus and Adonis.
An excellent oratorio singer performing a remarkable range of repertoire, Tyler Duncanís concerts include Haydnís Die Schöpfung with the Québec Symphony and Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra; Haydnís Die Jahreszeiten with the Calgary Philharmonic; L.v. Beethovenís Ninth Symphony in Munich, Berlin, Stuttgart and Frankfurt with the Philharmonie der Nationen under Justus Frantz; George Frideric Handelís Messiah with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, San Franciscoís Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra and Portland Baroque Orchestra; G.F. Handelís La Resurrezione at Germanyís Halle Händel Festival and the Vancouver Early Music Festival; Johannes Brahmsí Requiem at Festival Vancouver; J.S. Bach's Matthäus-Passion (BWV 244) with the Montreal Symphony/Kent Nagano and the Dresdner Kreuzchor; J.S. Bachís Ich habe genug (BWV 82) and Weihnachts-Oratorium (BWV 248) with Torontoís Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra and Symphony Nova Scotia; Ralph Vaughan Williamsí Five Mystical Songs in Vancouver (Berkshire Choral Festival) and Carnegie Hall with Kent Tritle and the Oratorio Society of New York. He has sung the title role of Felix Mendelssohnís Elijah in Munich, Edward Elgarís The Dream of Gerontius at Canadaís Elora Festival; and made an extensive North American tour of Monteverdiís 1610 Vespers with Tragicomedia and Concerto Palatino. Awaiting release on the ATMA label are recordings of works by Purcell, and Carissimiís oratorio Jepthe with Les Voix Baroques.
Frequently accompanied by pianist Erika Switzer, Tyler Duncan has given acclaimed recitals in New York, Boston, Paris and Montreal, as well as throughout Canada, Germany, Sweden, France and South Africa. He is a founding member on the faculty of the Vancouver International Song Institute.