Austin Gunn is an international concert & opera singer, opera producer & Director and teacher of singing and performance for singers. Austin made his professional operatic debut as Vorsinger Zaide with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra conducted by Sir Charles Mackerras in the Edinburgh International Festival. Other notable EIF performances include 1st Tenor Soloist Curlew River and Zweite Lehrbube Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra.
His Scottish Opera debut was covering Don Ottavio Don Giovanni directed by Sir Thomas Allen and conducted by Speranza Scapucci.
His English National Opera debut was Guest John Cage Dinner Partyfor ENO MusiCircus, and he has returned to ENO many times since. ENO performances include Pliable/Superstition/Celestial Voice cover A Pilgrim's Progress, Dantine cover The Perfect American, in preproduction workshops and showcases between ENO, The Barbican and the Young Vic as Gizmo 3 The Way Back Homeand Security Guard Between Worlds, an ENO Late Shift Recital at the National Portrait Gallery, and he is core tenor for ENO Baylis Know the Show events as Tamino Magic Flute and Alfredo La Traviata, a member of ENO Opera Squad 2015, 2016 & 2017 singing Nanki-Poo The Mikado, Don Ottavio Don Giovanni and Don Basilio Le Nozze di Figaro in schools performances.
Austin made his Portuguese debut in 2017 as Martin in the premiere staging of Hummus by Zad Moultaka and Manager in The Waiter's Revenge by Stephen Oliver at the Musica Na Fabrica Festival, Lisbon directed by Max Hoehn and his Swiss debut in 2018 as the Spectre in Dvorak's The Spectre's Bride in Zürich conducted by Philipp Mestrinel.
Operatic roles in preparation include Radames Aida, Pinkerton Madama Butterfly and Dick Johnson La Fanciulla del West and Nemorino L'elisir d'amore (Berwick Festival Opera c. Peter Ford), roles performed include Don Jose Carmen (Berwick Festival Opera, Black Cat Opera, OperaLab, Sage Gateshead, Pollock House, Grimsby Philharmonic), Don Ottavio Don Giovanni (ENO Opera Squad d. Martin Constantine, Scottish Opera d. Sir Thomas Allen c. Speranza Scapucci, Longborough Festival Opera d. Martin Constantine, Berwick Festival Opera c. Peter Ford), Beppe Rita (Berwick Festival Opera c. Peter Ford), Aubrey Der Vampyr (Berwick Festival Opera c. Michael Bawtree), Bobby The Fisherman's Brides (Tete a Tete Opera Festival), Dormont La Scala di Seta (Berwick Festival Opera c. Stephen Higgins), Manager The Waiter's Revenge (Musica Na Fabrica Festival, Lisbon d. Max Hoehn), Frederick Pirates of Penzance (Opera Anywhere, Rocket Opera, Berwick Festival Opera c. Stephen Higgins) Nanki-Poo The Mikado (ENO Opera Squad d. Martin Constantine, Opera Anywhere, Berwick Festival Opera c. Peter Ford), Ralph Rackstraw HMS Pinafore (Berwick Festival Opera c. Peter Ford), Martin Hummus (Tete a Tete Opera Festival, Music Na Fabrica Festival Lisbon d. Max Hoehn), Bardolfo Falstaff (Kings Theatre Edinburgh d. Martin Lloyd Evans), and Goffredo Rinaldo (Edinburgh Festival Theatre d. Annilese Miskimmon c. Christian Curnyn).
Austin appears regularly throughout the UK and in France, Sweden, Switzerland and Italy in concert in a vast array of repertoire including oratorio, recital and gala concerts.
Recording and film credits to date include Montague John Cage Dinner Party, Maxwell Davies Solstice of Light, 1st Tenor Soloist Curlew River, Zweite Lehrbube Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg all for BBC Radio 3, a recital of song for American television network PBS, and as the singing voice of a German soldier in the television series 'Band of Brothers' directed by Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks.Austin teaches singing at Durham, Hull & Leeds universities and has an excellent record at preparing singers for professional debuts, conservatoire training and choral scholarships. He has given Masterclasses at the Cite des arts Internationale in Paris, for OperaLab in Brussels, the National Students Opera Society, Leeds Youth Opera, Hull and York universities, and Berwick Festival Opera as well as leading workshops for English National Opera in schools as a member of ENO Opera Squad.
See Austin performing as a soloist in Maxwell Davies Solstice of Light here
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