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Kieran Rayner – Baritone

Kieran RaynerKieran Rayner is a London-based New Zealand operatic baritone, currently launching an international career. He graduated from the New Zealand School of Music in 2011 with Distinction in a Postgraduate Diploma of Music (Performance), studying under Emily Mair and Margaret Medlyn, combined with a BA in English Literature. He was a 2012-13 Freemasons Dame Malvina Major Emerging Artist with New Zealand Opera. In July, he will complete his Masters in Voice with Russell Smythe at the Royal College of Music, London, where he is a Stephen Catto Memorial Scholar.

He has been generously supported by the Kiwi Music Trust, the NZ Opera Guild Circle 100, the Wallace Arts Trust, the NZ Opera Foundation, the Hunn Education Trust, the Victoria League Trust, the Adam Foundation, and Creative New Zealand.

In late 2014, Kieran arrived in Britain to begin full-time postgraduate study at the Royal College of Music. Alongside this, he was soon being engaged as a soloist both in operas and oratorio concerts in London and further afield. To date, he has taken two principal roles in Royal College of Music International Opera School productions. Additionally, he has performed major roles with British Youth Opera, English Touring Opera, Park Opera, and Saffron Hall, as well as oratorio solos for choral societies in Somerset, Suffolk, Cambridgeshire, Dorset, Cornwall, and Worcestershire.

His operatic repertoire includes core classical and bel canto roles such as Figaro in The Barber of Seville, Guglielmo in Così Fan Tutte, and Papageno in The Magic Flute, as well as baroque roles including Melisso in Alcina and Polyphemus in Acis and Galatea, and contemporary works, such as Philip Sunderland’s The Glass Knight (world premiere).

Kieran has a flair both for comedic roles (Vicar Gedge in Albert Herring, Maximillian in Candide), and dramatic (The Forester in The Cunning Little Vixen, Crespel & Luther in The Tales of Hoffmann). As a core member of the Chapman Tripp NZ Opera Chorus, he also performed in twelve operas between 2008-2013.

Concert and oratorio highlights in Britain include The Seasons and The Creation by Haydn, C. P. E. Bach’s Magnificat, and Puccini’s Messa di Gloria; and in New Zealand, Mahler’s Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen, Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis, Haydn’s The Creation, Handel’s Messiah, Mondeverdi’s Vespers 1610, Mozart’s Great Mass in C Minor, Bach’s Christmas Oratorio, and a memorable Gounod St Cecilia Mass in Nouméa, New Caledonia.

He was a 2014 Lexus Song Quest semifinalist, won the Hamilton Vocal Competitions 2012, and was a 2012 New Zealand Aria finalist. He has an eclectic range of other skills: from period dance to Shakespearean theatre and modern tap dance. In 2014 he narrated several stories for ‘Shortz: Stories from Kapiti’, an audio collection of New Zealand writing for children.
For the 2016-17 academic year, Kieran has accepted a place at the Royal College of Music International Opera School.