Glen Cunningham, from the Highlands of Scotland, recently graduated from the Royal College of Music’s Opera Studio under the tutelage of Russell Smythe. Previously, Glen completed a one-year Masters at the RCM and a First Class Bachelor of Music degree at The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, under the tutelage of Amand Hekkers & Patricia Hay. .


Engagements in the 2020/21 will include: his role debut of Nemorino from Donizetti's "L'elisir D'amore" with the Amsterdam Opera Koor, two recitals at the Wigmore - Wigmore Hall French Song Exchange on 22nd September and Independent Opera Scholars Recital on 15th October 2020 and his solo debut at Cadogan Hall with Handel's Ode for St Cecilia's Day.


2019-20 season highlights included the role of Gonzalve from Ravel's L'heure espagnole (Royal College of Music) and Rossini's Stabat Mater with Inverness Choral Society.

Roles whilst studying include Ecclitico from Haydn's 'Il mondo della luna', the title role of Robinson Crusoe from Offenbach's opera,  Basilio from 'Le nozze di Figaro' directed by Sir Thomas Allen, Flute 'A Midsummer Night’s Dream' and Chevalier from 'Dialogues des Carmélites'.

Engagements elsewhere include cover of Don Ottavio (Don Giovanni) - Garsington Opera; Le Remendado (Carmen) - for his international debut at Rotterdam Opera; chorus and cover Ferrando (Così fan tutte) and chorus La traviata - Opera Holland Park; Tamino (Die Zauberflöte) and Youngest Son in Judith Weir’s The Vanishing Bridegroom - British Youth Opera; Lacouf and Le Fils (Les Mamelles de Tirésias) - Les Azuriales Opera Young Artist Programme; Ferrando (Così fan tutte) and Basilio (Le nozze di Figaro) Italian Opera Summer School; Nemorino (L’elisir d’amore) National Opera Studio; Francis in the world premiere of Karen McIver’s The Cabinet of Dr Caligari and Adam in Jonathan Dove’s The Walk from the Garden (both for Scottish Opera Connect).


Glen is the winner of several competitions and prizes, including the Joan Chissell Schumann Competition at the Royal College of Music, the Hugh S Roberton Prize for Scottish Singing at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and was recently awarded the Wiseman Prize by Sir James Caird Travelling Scholarships Trust. He has participated in public masterclasses with Sir Thomas Allen, Dame Ann Murray and Edith Wiens.


Cunningham is a Basil Coleman Opera Scholar supported by the Independent Opera Scholarship and the Charles Jacobs Scholarship. He is generously supported by the Countess of Munster Musical Trust, The Robertson Trust, The Cross Trust and Sir James Caird Travelling Scholarships Trust. Glen is also a Josephine Baker Trust Scholar, a Help Musicians UK Sybil Tutton Award holder and a Les Azuriales Young Artist.

Represented by Simon Goldstone at Rayfield Allied 

Past & Present Performances


  • Burns Supper at Rosebill Theatre - Saturday 25th January

  • Role of Gonzalve from Ravel's 'L'heure Espagnole' directed by Olivia Fuchs at The Royal College of Music - March 



  • Role of Robinson Crusoe from Offenbach's "Robinson Crusoe directed by Bill Bankes-Jones at The Royal College of Music - March.

  • Tenor Soloist in Mozart's Requiem and Bruckner's Te Deum with City of Glasgow at The Glasgow City Halls - 24th March.

  • Tenor Soloist in Bach's St John's Passion with Colleguim Laureatum, Cambridge - 30th March

  • Performance of Opera and Song at Rosehill Theatre with mezzo-soprano Anna Cooper - 5th April

  • Tenor Soloist in Bach's Magnificat and Haydn's Creation with Leith Hill Music Festival in Dorking Halls - 13th April.

  • Alvarez Young Artist at Garsington Opera, covering the role of Don Ottavio from Mozart's "Don Giovanni", and performing in the chorus of Monteverdi's Vespers - April - September.

  • Tenor Soloist in Haydn's Nelson Mass with Inverness Choral Society in The Eden Court Theatre - 27th April. 

  • Role of Don Ottavio in a concert performance of Don Giovanni with Covent Garden Chamber Orchestra at St Peter's, Notting Hill - 28th September

  • Role of Ecclitico from Haydn's "Il mondo della luna" directed by William Relton at The Royal College of Music - November.

  • .Tenor Soloist in Rossini’s Stabat Mater with Inverness Choral Society in The Eden Court Theatre - 2nd November

  • Rosehill on the Road - performance of opera and song with Anna Tilbrook and Kirsty McLean - 7th December


  • Royal College of Music - Masterclass with Edith Wiens - 10th January, 2pm, Britten Theatre.

  • Opera Scenes: Role of Chevalier, duet from Dialogues des Carmélites by Poulenc, 19th January.

  • Role of "Flute" in "A Midsummer Nights Dream" by Benjamin Britten at The Royal College of Music - 5th/6th/8th/10th March, Britten Theatre.

  • Tenor Soloist in Handel's Messiah, 24th April, Ness Bank Church in partnership with Inverness Choral Society.

  • Contract with Opera Holland Park, covering the role of "Ferrando" from Mozart's "Cosi fan tutte"as well as performing in the chorus for that production and the production of "La Traviata" by Verdi. Performances from 29th May - 22nd June.

  • Tenor Soloist in Mozart's Requiem with The Cantus Ensemble, 7th July, St Gabriel’s Church, London 

  • Les Azuriales Opera Young Artists Programme  - August 2018

  • Waverley Singers Opera Gala, Sunday 4th November 

  • Finalist in Maureen Lehane Vocal Awards held at the Wigmore Hall, 16th November

  • Role of "Basilio" from Mozart’s “The Marriage of Figaro” directed by Sir Thomas Allen at The Royal College of Music - 24th & 30th November.