Performance Year: 2023
Baritone Tyler Duncan has performed at the Metropolitan Opera as Prince Yamadori in Puccini’s Madama Butterfly under Karel Chichon, and Morales in Bizet’s Carmen in Japan under Seiji Ozawa. At the Spoleto Festival he debuted as Mr. Friendly in the 18th-century ballad opera Flora, returning the next season as the Speaker in Mozart’s The Magic Flute. Other appearances have included the role of the Journalist in Berg’s Lulu and Fiorello in Rossini’s Barber of Seville, both at the Metropolitan Opera; Raymondo in Handel’s Almira with the Boston Early Music Festival; Dandini in Rossini’s La cenerentola with Pacific Opera Victoria; and Demetrius in Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream at the Princeton Festival. Mr Duncan has a passion for new music; in the realm of new opera he recently performed the role of Raymond in Nic Gotham’s Nigredo Hotel with City Opera Vancouver and sang the world premiere of Jonathan Berger’s Leonardo at the 92nd Street Y in New York City.
Mr. Duncan’s concerts include Stravinsky’s Canticum Sacrum with Michael Tilson Thomas and the San Francisco Symphony, Bach’s Christmas Oratorio with Helmuth Rilling and the Minnesota Orchestra, Beethoven’s Mass in C with Matthew Halls and the Kansas City Symphony, Handel’s Messiah with Andrew Manze and the New York Philharmonic and Alexander Shelley and the National Arts Centre Orchestra in Ottawa, Brahms’ Die Schöne Magelone cycle with Erika Switzer for Collaborative Arts Chicago, Schubert Lieder at the Wigmore Hall with pianist Graham Johnson, Bach’s Ich habe genug with Bernard Labadie and Les Violins du Roy, Mahler’s Des Knaben Wunderhorn with Ben Loeb and the Lviv Philharmonic, Shostakovich’s Suite on Verses of Michelangelo with Leon Botstein and The Orchestra Now at the Met Museum in New York, and Mahler’s 8th Symphony and Beethoven’s 9th Symphony with Peter Oundjian and the Toronto Symphony. He has also performed at the Händel Festival Halle, Verbier Festival, Vancouver Early Music Festival, Montreal Bach Festival, Oregon Bach Festival, Lanaudière Festival, Stratford Festival, Berkshire Choral Festival, and New York’s Carnegie Hall.
Frequently paired with pianist Erika Switzer, Tyler Duncan has given acclaimed recitals in New York, Boston, and Paris, and throughout Canada, Germany, Sweden, France, and South Africa, and together they have premiered many works written for them by composers including Jocelyn Morlock, Jeffrey Ryan and Andrew Staniland. Mr. Duncan has received prizes from the Naumburg, London’s Wigmore Hall, and Munich’s ARD competitions, and won the 2010 Joy in Singing competition, 2008 New York Oratorio Society Competition, 2007 Prix International Pro Musicis Award, and 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).
Mr. Duncan’s recordings include the Juno Award-winning Vaughan Williams Serenade to Music with Peter Oundjian and the Toronto Symphony; Earthquakes and Islands, an album of songs by Andrew Staniland, with texts by Robin Richardson; the title role in John Blow’s Venus and Adonis with the Boston Early Music Festival; J.S. Bach’s St. John Passion with the Portland Baroque Orchestra; Purcell works and Carissimi’s Jephte with Les Voix Baroque; and a DVD of Handel’s Messiah with Kent Nagano and the Montreal Symphony Orchestra. Just released on the Bridge label is the album English Songs à la française with Erika Switzer.
Mr. Duncan, originally from British Columbia, Canada, now resides in the scenic Hudson Valley of New York and luckily holds a passport from both countries, and is currently on the voice faculty of the Longy School of Music in Boston.