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British-Columbia-born and New York-based baritone 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 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 Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte in Rotterdam and Utrecht; the title role of Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro on a Swiss tour with the Munich Chamber Orchestra under Christoph Poppen; and the High Priest in the Richard-Strauss adaptation of 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, Mr. Duncan’s concerts include Haydn’s Die Schöpfung with the Québec and Winnipeg Symphonies; Haydn’s Die Jahreszeiten with the Calgary Philharmonic; Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony in Munich, Berlin, Stuttgart and Frankfurt with the Philharmonie der Nationen under Justus Frantz; Händel’s Messiah with the Toronto Symphony, San Francisco’s Philharmonia Baroque and Portland Baroque; Händel’s La Resurrezione at Germany’s Halle Händel Festival and the Vancouver Early Music Festival; Brahms’ Requiem at Festival Vancouver; Bach’s St. Matthew Passion with the Montreal Symphony/Kent Nagano and the Dresdner Kreuzchor; Bach’s Ich habe genug and Weihnachtsoratorium with Toronto’s Tafelmusik and Symphony Nova Scotia; Vaughan-Williams’ 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 Mendelssohn’s Elijah in Munich, 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 Baroque.
Mr. Duncan’s considerable gifts in the realm of art song have earned him prizes from the Naumburg, Wigmore Hall (London) and ARD (Munich) Competitions. Frequently accompanied by pianist Erika Switzer, he has given acclaimed recitals in New York, Boston, Paris and Montreal, as well as throughout Canada, Germany, Sweden, France and South Africa. 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. He 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. He is a founding member on the faculty of the Vancouver International Song Institute