Named after the late singer Susan Chilcott, the prize money is specifically meant to further advanced learning and career development. Rock will be spending his on having singing lessons with eminent performer Robert Dean, as well as French and German language lessons.
Rock has previously appeared as Don Giovanni for the Welsh National Opera, alongside several roles at Glyndebourne and Longborough Festival Opera. Duncan just opened a month long run as Papageno with the English National Opera where he is performing Papageno in The Magic Flute. He returns to ENO on November 21 for a run as Morales in Bizet's Carmen opposite the Escamillo of fellow barihunk Leigh Melrose.
The Susan Chilcott Scholarship, which offers the prize fund, was founded in 2005 in memory of the late singer, who died in 2003.