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Tyler Duncan (Baritone)

Born: British-Columbia, Canada

The Canadian-born (and New York-based) baritone, Tyler Duncan, holds music degrees from the University of British Columbia; Germany’s Hochschule für Musik (Augsburg) and Hochschule für Musik und Theater (Munich), Edith Wiens and Helmut Deutsch among his teachers. Duncan’s 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 Oratorio Society of New York 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 and–increasingly–operatic 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 Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream at the Princeton Festival; roles in Lully’s Armide with Houston’s Mercury Baroque; Purcell’s 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. Mozart’s 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. Mozart’s 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 Blow’s Venus and Adonis.

An excellent oratorio singer performing a remarkable range of repertoire, Tyler Duncan’s concerts include Haydn’s Die Schöpfung with the Québec Symphony and Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra; Haydn’s Die Jahreszeiten with the Calgary Philharmonic; L.v. Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony in Munich, Berlin, Stuttgart and Frankfurt with the Philharmonie der Nationen under Justus Frantz; George Frideric Handel’s Messiah with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, San Francisco’s Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra and Portland Baroque Orchestra; G.F. Handel’s La Resurrezione at Germany’s Halle Händel Festival and the Vancouver Early Music Festival; Johannes BrahmsRequiem at Festival Vancouver; J.S. Bach's Matthäus-Passion (BWV 244) with the Montreal Symphony/Kent Nagano and the Dresdner Kreuzchor; J.S. Bach’s Ich habe genug (BWV 82) and Weihnachts-Oratorium (BWV 248) with Toronto’s Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra and Symphony Nova Scotia; Ralph Vaughan WilliamsFive 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 Mendelssohn’s Elijah in Munich, Edward Elgar’s The Dream of Gerontius at Canada’s Elora Festival; and made an extensive North American tour of Monteverdi’s 1610 Vespers with Tragicomedia and Concerto Palatino. Awaiting release on the ATMA label are recordings of works by Purcell, and Carissimi’s 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.

Source: Tyler Duncan Website
Contributed by
Aryeh Oron (December 2010)

Recordings of Bach Cantatas & Other Vocal Works




Manique Huggett


BWV 245

Dwight Oltman


BWV 105, BWV 245 [9th, Jesus]

Helmuth Rilling


BWV 244 [5th, 2012, Video, Jesus]

Links to other Sites

Tyler Duncan, baritone (Official Website)

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