Austin Gunn

Austin Gunn


High Lyric Tenor
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«Austin Gunn stunned the audience with not just his beautiful voice but his huge dynamic range with so many different colours, his energy, personality and of course, superb top D's and C's!»
Grimsby recital series (2017)
«Goffredo, sung nobly by Austin Gunn was an American businessman in a suit, finally metamorphosing into J.R. Ewing, complete with Stetson and six-shooter.»
Opera magazine (2017)
«Austin Gunn took the lead as Nanki-Poo and had a stunning operatic voice. He engaged the audience from start to finish and was a stand-out performer.»
Berwick advertiser (2017)
2018Donizetti: RitaPeppe
2018Glass: The Perfect AmericanWilhelm Dantine
2017Mozart: Don GiovanniDon Ottavio
2017Sullivan: Cox and BoxJohn James Box
2016Handel: Messiah, HWV 56Tenor (messiah)
2016Sullivan: The MikadoNanki-poo
2016Mozart: Don GiovanniDon Ottavio
2016Sullivan: IolantheThomas
2015Sullivan: The MikadoNanki-poo
2015Rossini: La scala di setaDormont
2015Sullivan: The MikadoNanki-poo
2015Bizet: CarmenDon José
2015Sullivan: The MikadoNanki-poo
2015Sullivan: The Pirates of PenzanceFrederic
2014Elgar: The Dream of Gerontius, Op. 38Gerontius
2014Puccini: Messa di GloriaTenor
2014Verdi: RequiemTenor
2014Sullivan: The Pirates of PenzanceFrederic
2014Purcell: Dido and AeneasAeneas
2014Sullivan: The MikadoNanki-poo
2014Sullivan: The Pirates of PenzanceFrederic
2014Mendelssohn: Elijah, Op. 70Obadiah
2014Rossini: Petite Messe SolennelleTenor
2014Mozart: RequiemTenor
2013Mozart: Don GiovanniDon Ottavio
2013Mozart: Don GiovanniDon Ottavio
2013Bizet: CarmenDon José
2013Mozart: RequiemTenor
2013Sullivan: The Pirates of PenzanceFrederic
2013Sullivan: Trial by JuryThe Defendant
2013Rossini: Stabat MaterTenor
2013Bizet: CarmenDon José
2012Verdi: La TraviataGastone
2012Mozart: Die ZauberflöteTamino
2005Verdi: FalstaffBardolfo


Austin Gunn made his 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.

His English National Opera debut was as Guest John Cage Dinner Party for ENO MusiCircus, he has worked with ENO in every season since. Other ENO performances include covering Pliable/Superstition/Celestial Voice A Pilgrim's Progress and Dantine The Perfect American, and Gizmo 3 The Way Back Home and Security Guard Between Worlds in preproduction workshops in collaborations between The Barbican, Young Vic and ENO, an ENO Late Shift Recital at the National Portrait Gallery, he is core principal tenor for ENO Baylis Know the Show events as Tamino Magic Flute and Alfredo La Traviata, a member of ENO Opera Squad 2015 and 2016 singing Nanki-Poo The Mikado and Don Ottavio Don Giovanni in schools performances and has appeared as guest soloist with the ENO Community Choir. Austin also completed the ENO artist training programme ENO Operaworks where his roles included Vogelsang Der Schauspieldirektor, Don Ottavio Don Giovanni, Lensky Eugene Onegin, and Grimoaldo Rodelinda.

Other roles include Manager in The Waiter's Revenge by Stephen Oliver and Martin in Zad Moultaka's Hummus, bothe were premiere performances in Portugal as part of the Musica Na Fabrica Festival in Lisbon, Bobby in the world premiere of The Fisherman's Brides by Lucie Treacher in the Tete a Tete Opera Festival, Aubrey Der Vampyre (Rocket Opera), Ottavio Don Giovanni (Rocket Opera), Dormont La Scala di Seta (Rocket Opera), Goffredo Rinaldo (RSAMD), Frederick Pirates of Penzance (Opera Anywhere, Rocket Opera) Nanki-Poo The Mikado (ENO Opera Squad, Opera Anywhere, Rocket Opera), Gastone La Traviata (InterOpera), Bardolfo Falstaff (RSAMD), Middle Son The Vanishing Bridegroom (RSAMD), Don Jose Carmen (Black Cat Opera, Grimsby Philharmonic, Rocket Opera, OperaLab), Tololler Iolanthe (Rocket Opera), Le Doyen Cendrillon (RSAMD), Defendant Trial by Jury (Rocket Opera), Fairfax The Yeoman of the Guard, and he performs extensively in opera galas for Black Cat Opera, Impromptu Opera, InterOpera, Rocket Opera and Opera Anywhere throughout the UK. Upcoming roles include Beppe Rita by Donizetti (Rocket Opera) and Box in Cox & Box by Sullivan (Rocket Opera).

Concert repertoire includes Verdi Requiem for Crouch End Festival Chorus at Alexandra Palace, Mendelssohn Elijah in London and Bradford, Rossini Petite Messe Solennelle and Stabat Mater, Mozart Requiem in Newcastle, London, Glasgow and Oban, Bach cantata 140 at Aberdeen cathedral, Elgar Dream of Gerontius at Dunblane Cathedral, Bach St John Passion at St John's Smith Square, Bury St Edmunds and Beverley Minster, Bach B Minor Mass in London, Hiawatha's Wedding Feast in Scunthorpe and Northumberland, Mozart Mass in C Minor in Bury St Edmunds, London, Glasgow and Newcastle, Orff Carmina Burana with Leeds Philharmonic Society and Salford Choral Society, Puccini Messa di Gloria at The Sage Gateshead and in Northumberland, Handel Judas Maccabeus for the Lanercost Festival, Handel Solomon in Bradford Cathedral. As a recitalist in 2014-2015 he performed 'Tennyson's Lyricism and the Composer's Response' at the Literary and Philosophical Society, Newcastle, and 'Languorous Ecstasy', a selection of works by Libertine poets, at Hull University and a selection of Victorian and Edwardian medicinal song for the VIP relaunch of The Wellcome Collection in London.Upcoming performances include Spectre in The Spectre's Bride by Dvorak in Switzerland, Handel Messiah and Israel in Egypt in the UK.

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.

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CV & Repertoire

Musical Work Role Jump-in ready? Company Year
Donizetti: Rita Peppe 24 hours Berwick Festival Opera 2018
Glass: The Perfect American Wilhelm Dantine Immediately English National Opera 2018
Mozart: Don Giovanni Don Ottavio Immediately Berwick Festival Opera 2017
Sullivan: Cox and Box John James Box Berwick Festival Opera 2017
Handel: Messiah, HWV 56 Tenor (messiah) Immediately St Matthew's Choir & Orchestra, Leeds 2016


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Barcapel FOUNDATION award
Thomas siEvEwright catto trust award