Tyler Duncan

Tyler Duncan, Baritone

Pacific Opera Victoria
Apollon and Pan in La descente d'Orphée aux Enfers & La Couronne de Fleurs

March, 2014


Tyler Duncan made his debut with Pacific Opera Victoria in the role of Dandini in POV's fall 2010 production of Rossini's Cinderella. He returns to his home town of Victoria for the March 2014 staging by Boston Early Music Festival of two operas by Marc-Antoine Charpentier.

Now based in New York, 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 debuted 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 and King Arthur 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.

He is an exceptional oratorio singer performing a remarkable range of repertoire from Bach and Handel to Beethoven, Mendelssohn, Janáček, and Vaughan Williams. He has given acclaimed recitals throughout the U.S., Canada, Germany, Sweden, France, and South Africa.

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; Handel's Messiah with the Toronto Symphony, San Francisco's Philharmonia Baroque and Portland Baroque; Handel'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.

Recent CDs include Blow's Venus and Adoniswith Boston Early Music Festival, Bach's St. John Passion with Portland Baroque under Monica Huggett, and Carissimi's oratorio Jephte 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 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.


Tyler Duncan has a vigorous, vibrant baritone which he can move with rare agility, and a strong sense of words and the drama they convey.
Ken Winters, The Globe and Mail, 2008

Tyler Duncan … is a great communicator, gifted with the voice of a young Fischer-Dieskau and that ineffable magnetism we shruggingly call “presence” because we don't know how else to name it.
Bill Richardson, The Georgia Straight, 2003

As the young Athenians… Brian Stucki (Lysander), Abigail Nims (Hermia), Caroline Worra (Helena) and especially Tyler Duncan (a robust-voiced Demetrius) gave dramatically nuanced and vocally solid performances.
Anthony Tommasini, The New York Times, 2009


Enjoy audio and video clips of Mr. Duncan's performances.

February, 2014

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