New Zealand baritone Kieran Rayner is an award-winning and versatile singer and actor. He is a Garsington Opera Alvarez Young Artist and winner of the Sandbach prize 2019, an Independent Opera Fellow, Verbier Atélier Lyrique Artist, Samling Artist, and Britten Pears Young Artist. He was a Wigmore Hall International Song Competition semi-finalist 2019, and won the Royal Overseas League Crashaw Prize for Outstanding Overseas Musician 2018. Recent roles include Prince of Mantua Fantasio, cover Remo The Skating Rink (Garsington Opera); Crespel Tales of Hoffmann, cover Anténor Dardanus & Albert Werther (English Touring Opera); L’Horloge Comtoise L’Enfant et les Sortilèges (VOPERA online lockdown opera); Figaro Le Nozze di Figaro; Silvio Pagliacci (NZ); Eisenstein Die Fledermaus (Singapore); Sharpless Madam Butterfly; Figaro Il Barbiere di Siviglia; Mari / Directeur Les Mamelles de Tirésias. Concert highlights include Dare to Dream at the Royal Albert Hall (Garsington Opera, Hannah Conway); Serenade to Music at Buckingham Palace (John Wilson), and Stravinsky Pulcinella (Jurowsky). He graduated from the Royal College of Music International Opera School, where he performed eight roles including The Forester, Eisenstein, Demetrius Midsummer Night’s Dream, Nardo La Finta Giardiniera, and Vicar Gedge Albert Herring, plus two principal roles with British Youth Opera. He particularly loves The Cunning Little Vixen, and this will be his fourth time playing the Forester.
Longborough debut: Forester/The Cunning Little Vixen (2021)