B i o g r a p h y
London-based Irish baritone Jamie Rock is an artist equally at home in opera, concert and recital repertoire.
His opera roles include Figaro Le Nozze di Figaro, Sid Albert Herring, Papageno The Magic Flute, Schaunard La Boheme, Dancaire Carmen, Father Hänsel und Gretel, Tarquinius Rape of Lucretia, Bartly Riders to the Sea, Prince Yamadori Madama Butterfly, Chao Sun A Night at the Chinese Opera, Szlachcic in the Polish opera Maria and General Belliard in the world premiere of the original version of Prokofiev's epic masterpiece War and Peace. He has worked for companies such as English National Opera, Opera North, English Touring Opera, Wexford Festival Opera, Opera Theatre Company, Opera Ireland Buxton Festival Opera, Regents Opera, Opera de Baugé and British Youth Opera.
Jamie is a committed song recitalist and has performed varying programmes for the RCS Song Studio (BBC City Halls, the Music Hall (Aberdeen)), Graeme Johnson’s Young Songmakers Almanac and St Martin-in-the-Fields. In concert, Jamie has performed works like Mozart’s Requiem and Mass in C Minor; Haydn’s Creation and Nelson Mass; Rossini's Stabat Mater and Petite Messe Solonnelle; Brahms’ Ein Deutsches Requiem; the Fauré and Duruflé Requiems; and Handel’s Messiah at venues such as Royal Concert Hall (Glasgow), Usher Hall (Edinburgh), National Concert Hall (Dublin), Ulster Hall (Belfast), Salzburg Cathedral, Wurzburg Cathedral, and the Gulbenkian Foundation (Paris).
He began his studies at the Royal Irish Academy of Music under Irene Sandford MBE and Kathleen Tynan, moving to London in 2007 to study at the Royal Academy of Music under Mark Wildman and vocal coach Ingrid Surgenor, before completing his studies at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland Alexander Gibson Opera School under Stephen Robertson.
He is an alumnus of the OTC Young Artist Programme (Dublin), Wexford Opera Young Artist Programme, Leeds Lieder+ Young Artists and Josephine Baker Trust. Jamie is extremely grateful for the support of the Arts and Humanities Research Council, Bloxham Stockbrokers, Derek Hill Foundation, Sir James Caird Travelling Scholarship and the Arts Council of Ireland.