Kieran Rayner is a London-based New Zealand baritone. He has been a Young Artist with Garsington Opera (winning the Sandbach Prize), Independent Opera, Verbier Festival, Samling Arts, Britten Pears Foundation, Internationale Meistersinger Akademie, and has been generously supported by the Kiri Te Kanawa Foundation. He was a Wigmore Hall International Song Competition semi-finalist 2019 and Royal Overseas League prize winner. Recent roles include Prince of Mantua/Fantasio, cover Remo/The Skating Rink (Garsington); L’Horloge Comtoise/L’Enfant et les Sortilèges (VOPERA lockdown production); Crespel/Tales of Hoffmann, cover Anténor/ Dardanus & Albert/Werther (English Touring Opera); Silvio/Pagliacci (NZ); Eisenstein/Die Fledermaus (Singapore); Sharpless/Madam Butterfly; Figaro/Il barbiere di Siviglia; Figaro/ Le nozze di Figaro; Mari, Directeur/Les Mamelles de Tirésias. Concert highlights include Dare to Dream, Royal Albert Hall (Garsington, Hannah Conway); Serenade to Music, Buckingham Palace (John Wilson), and Stravinsky Pulcinella (Jurowsky). He graduated from the Royal College of Music Opera School, with 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 loves The Cunning Little Vixen, and this will be his fourth time playing the Forester.
Longborough debut: Forester/The Cunning Little Vixen (2021)