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Tyler Duncan

  • Bass

Concert: St. Matthew Passion

British-Columbia-born and America-based baritone Tyler Duncan enjoys international renown for bringing consummate musicianship, vocal beauty and interpretive insight to recital, concert and operatic literature.  At the American Spoleto Festival he sang Friendly in the 18th-century ballad opera Flora and the Speaker in Mozart's Die Zauberflöte.   He has sung Dandini in Rossini's La Cenerentola with Pacific Opera Victoria, 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, and Papageno in Mozart's Die Zauberflöte for Greensboro Opera.   He also sang the Speaker at France’s Angers-Nantes Opéra,  Raimondo in the Boston Early Music Festival production of Händel’s Almira and is on the roster of the Metropolitan Opera, at which he sang Yamadori in Puccini’s Madama Butterfly last season and to which he returned this season for Fiorello in Rossini’s Il Barbiere di Siviglia. 

Mr. Duncan's concert engagements include Orff’s Carmina Burana with the San Diego and Québec Symphonies and Calgary Philharmonic;  Mahler's Eighth Symphony with the Toronto and American Symphonies and Calgary Philharmonic; Mendelssohn's Christus, Bach's Magnificat and Poulenc’s Le bal masquéwith the New York Philharmonic; Haydn's Die Schöpfung with the Montreal , Winnipeg and Québec Symphonies;  Beethoven's Ninth Symphony with Tafelmusik, the Calgary Philharmonic, Toronto and Seattle Symphonies and in Berlin, Frankfurt, Stuttgart and Munich with the Philharmonie der Nationen;  Händel's Messiah with Tafelmusik, the National, Montreal, Baltimore, Seattle, Newfoundland and Toronto Symphonies, Boston's Händel and Haydn Society, Portland Baroque Orchestra and San Francisco's Philharmonia Baroque; Brahms' Requiem with the Rochester Philharmonic and at the Chautauqua and Berkshire Choral Festivals; Janáček's Glagolitic Mass with the Toronto Symphony;  Bach's St. Matthew Passion with the Puerto Rico and Montreal Symphonies, Munich Bach Choir, Grand Philharmonic Choir and Dresdner Kreuzchor, Bach's Ich habe genug  with Tafelmusik, Symphony Nova Scotia and the Calgary Philharmonic;  the Mozart Requiem with the Montreal, Utah and Toronto Symphonies and Calgary Philharmonic; and Vaughan-Williams' Five Mystical Songs at Carnegie Hall with the Oratorio Society of New York.    He has also often appeared with Les Violons du Roy under Bernard Labadie and recently made debuts with the the Milwaukee Symphony  under Hans Graf and Baroque Chamber Orchestra of Colorado.   With the Montreal Symphony he has performed Berlioz’s L’Enfance du Christ and recorded Ibert/Honegger’s  L’Aiglon.    Among the other conductors with whom he collaborates are Helmuth Rilling, Peter Oundjian, Masaaki Suzuki, Leon Botstein, Christopher Seaman, Kent Tritle, Matthew Halls, Nicholas McGegan and Roberto Minczuk.   He is regularly welcomed at the Bard, American Spoleto and Oregon Bach Festivals and has appeared at the Halle Händel Festival,  Verbier , Lanaudière, Stratford and Montreal Bach Festivals.

Mr. Duncan's considerable gifts in the realm of art song have earned him prizes from the Wigmore Hall (London) and ARD (Munich) Competitions; Joy in Singing, Naumburg and New York Oratorio Society Competitions;  Prix International Pro Musicis 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).  He is a founding member on the faculty of the Vancouver International Song Institute.   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.   

Recordings include the title role of John Blow’s Venus and Adonis, Bach’s St. Matthew Passion with Portland Baroque, Purcell works and Carissimi’s Jepthe with Les Voix Baroque, and a DVD of Messiah with Kent Nagano and the Montreal Symphony.

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