Glen Cunningham (tenor) from the Highlands of Scotland, is currently studying at the Royal College of Music’s Opera Studio under the tutelage of Russell Smythe. He previously completed a one-year Masters at the RCM and a Bachelor of Music degree with First-class honours at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, under the tutelage of Amand Hekkers and Patricia Hay.

Glen was recently awarded the Wiseman Prize by Sir James Caird Travelling Scholarship Trust; he won the Joan Chissell Schumann Competition at the RCM in March 2018, and in 2016 he won the Hugh S. Roberton Prize for Scottish Singing at the RCS. He has performed in the Glasgow City Halls, Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, Queen’s Hall and St Giles Cathedral in Edinburgh, and recently made his international debut in Rotterdam’s De Doelen concert venue performing as Remendado in a concert version of Carmen with orchestra and international cast. He has also performed in public masterclasses with Sir Thomas Allen and Edith Wiens.

During the summer of 2018 Glen appeared with Opera Holland Park where he covered the role of Ferrando from Mozart’s Così fan tutte. He then travelled to Nice to take up a place on the Les Azuriales Opera Young Artists Programme 2018, where he performed the roles of La Couf and Le Fils in Poulenc’s comic opera Les mamelles de Tirésias. In autumn 2018 he began his studies at the RCM’s Opera Studio where his first role will be playing Basilio in Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro directed by Sir Thomas Allen.

Other operatic roles to date are Flute in Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream (RCM); Youngest Son in Judith Weir’s The Vanishing Bridegroom (British Youth Opera); Francis in the world premiere of The Cabinet of Dr Caligari composed by Karen McIver, and Adam The Walk from the Garden by Jonathan Dove (both for Scottish Opera Connect); and Eduardo La rondine (RCS).

Glen has also taken solo roles in various opera scenes, including: Chevalier Dialogues des Carmélites (RCM); Dr Blind Die Fledermaus (RCS); Ferrando Così fan tutte and Basilio The Marriage of Figaro (Italian Opera Summer School); Tamino The Magic Flute (British Youth Opera); and Nemorino L’elisir d’amore (National Opera Studio).

He is generously supported by the Countess of Munster Musical Trust, the Robertson Trust and Sir James Caird Travelling Scholarships Trust. He is also a Basil Coleman Opera Scholar supported by the Charles Jacob Scholarship, a Josephine Baker Trust Scholar and a Help Musicians UK Sybil Tutton Award holder.

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