Kieran Rayner

Award: Sybil Tutton Award

Year: 2017

Genre: Classical

Location: Royal College of Music


New Zealand baritone Kieran Rayner studies at the Royal College of Music International Opera School with Russell Smythe, as the Dame Kiri Te Kanawa Scholar. In 2012-13 he was an Emerging Artist with NZ Opera. He is grateful for the support of the Kiri Te Kanawa Foundation, the Hunn Education Trust, the Josephine Baker Trust, the Beckwith Fund, the Victoria League for Commonwealth Friendship, and Help Musicians UK (Felicity Guinness Award / Sybil Tutton Award).

Opera roles include: Le Mari / Le Directeur Les Mamelles de Tirésias, Pausanias Une Éducation Manquée, Gustavo Faramondo, Nardo La Finta Giardiniera, Eisenstein Die Fledermaus, Vicar Gedge Albert Herring (RCMIOS); Six roles English Eccentrics, Forester Cunning Little Vixen (British Youth Opera); Three principal roles in Crime and Punishment Contemporary Operas, Valens Theodora (RCM);  Blacksmith The Glass Knight (Saffron Hall, world premiere); Figaro Barber of Seville (Park Opera); Marchese d’Obigny La Traviata (NZ Opera); Guglielmo Così Fan Tutte; Melisso Alcina; Lord Sidney Journey to Rheims (Day’s Bay Garden Opera); Maximillian Candide; Falke Die Fledermaus; Demetrius A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

Concert highlights include: Vaughan Williams Serenade to Music at Buckingham Palace on Queen Elizabeth’s 65th Jubilee, Bach St Matthew Passion (Southwark Cathedral), Stravinsky’s Pulcinella (RCM with Vladimir Jurowsky); Barber’s Dover Beach and Butterworth’s Love Blows as the Wind Blows (Lewes Festival of Song); Haydn’s Creation (Burgess Hill) and The Seasons (South Somerset); Handel’s Acis and Galatea (Lymington & Penzance); Puccini’s Messa di Gloria (Worcester); Mahler’s Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen (Orchestra Wellington); Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis; Handel’s Messiah; Bach’s Christmas Oratorio; Gounod’s St Cecilia Mass (Les Alizés, New Caledonia). He has won 2nd prize in the Brooks Van-Der-Pump English Song competition 2017, and in the AESS Patricia Routledge English Song Competition 2016. He has an eclectic range of other skills, from period dance to Shakespearean theatre and modern tap dance.