Austin Gunn is one of Britain’s leading tenors having made his operatic debut as Vorsinger Zaide with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra conducted by Sir Charles Mackerras in the Edinburgh International Festival.
Other notable performances include 1st Tenor Soloist Curlew River and Zweite Lehrbube Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra for the Edinburgh International Festival, cover Don Ottavio Don Giovanni directed by Sir Thomas Allen for Scottish Opera, Manager The Waiter’s Revenge and Martin Hummus for the Musica Na Fabrica Festival in Lisbon directed by Max Hoehn, Aubrey Der Vampyr, Frederick Pirates of Penzance, Nanki-Poo The Mikado, Dormont La Scala di Seta, Beppe Rita, Capt. Belville Rosina, Box Cox & Box, Tololler Iolanthe, and Don Jose Carmen for Rocket Opera and Opera Lab, Don Jose for Black Cat Opera, Frederick and Nanki-Poo for Opera Anywhere, and his extensive work with English National Opera includes cover Pliable/Superstition/Celestial Voice A Pilgrim’s Progress and cover Dantine The Perfect American, Guest John Cage Dinner Party for ENO MusiCircus, Gizmo 3 The Way Back Home and Guard Between Worlds in preproduction showcases, ENO Baylis Know the Show events as Tamino Magic Flute and Alfredo La Traviata, an ENO Late Shift Recital at the National Portrait Gallery, and for the past three years as a member of ENO Opera Squad as Nanki-Poo The Mikado, and Don Ottavio Don Giovanni in schools performances.
Austin has appeared as a soloist in Italy, Sweden, France, and throughout the UK in oratorio, concert and recital repertoire and makes his Swiss debut in May 2018 as the Spectre in Dvorak’s The Spectre’s Bride in Zurich.
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.
As well as performing Austin was head of studies to the UK branch of the international training, research and performance facility for singers OperaLab and currently teaches singing at Hull, Durham and Leeds universities and has given masterclasses at universities, the Cite des Arts Internationale in Paris and in Brussels for OperaLab. Austin’s students perform all over the world in international opera companies, concert and musical theatre.
Austin studied at the Royal College of Music, Royal Northern College of Music and the opera school at the Royal Academy of Music and is a graduate of the ENO Operaworks programme.