Glen Cunningham, from the Highlands of Scotland, is currently studying the Royal College of Music’s Opera Studio under the tutelage of Russell Smythe. has received 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 2019-20 season include the role of Gonzalve from Ravel's L'heure espagnole (Royal College of Music). Rossini's Stabat Mater with Inverness Choral Society. He will also make his Wigmore Hall recital debut with Independent Opera on 15th October 2020.


In 2018-19, he performed in concert: Bruckner’s Te Deum (City of Glasgow Chorus with the Orchestra of Scottish Opera), St John Passion (Collegium Laureatum) Bach’s Magnificat and Haydn’s Creation (Leith Hill Music Festival) and Haydn’s Nelson Mass (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 Le nozze di Figaro directed by Sir Thomas Allen, Flute A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Chevalier Dialogues des Carmélites (all at the Royal College of Music) and Dr Blind Die Fledermaus (Royal Conservatoire of Scotland).


Engagements elsewhere include cover of Don Ottavio (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, 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).


Cunningham 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 and a Help Musicians UK Sybil Tutton Award holder.

Represented by Simon Goldstone at Rayfield Allied 

Past & Present Performances


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

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


  • 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.


  • Rotterdam Opera Koor's production of "Carmen": In the role of "Le Remendado" at De Doelen – Rotterdam.

  • The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland production of Die Fledermaus" - chorus.

  • Beethoven's Mass in C with the City of Glasgow Chorus, accompanied by the Scottish Opera Orchestra in the Glasgow City Halls. 

  • Opening of the Creative Campus at The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.

  • Garsington Opera, Alvarez Young Artist Programme - chorus of "Il turco in Italia". (July 2017).

  • Role of Youngest Son in British Youth Opera's production of Judith Weir's "The Vanishing Bridegroom". Performances will be held on 2nd, 6th & 8th September in Sadler's Wells Peacock Theatre, London

  • Sudbury Choral Society Concert, Dido & Aeneas and Charpentier Messe de Minuit, 19th November.

  • Royal College of Music - Masterclass with Sir Thomas Allen - 11th October, 2pm, Britten Theatre.


  • World premier of Scottish Opera's Connect Company's production of - "The Cabinet of Dr Caligari": In the lead role of "Francis".

  • Role of "Dr Blind" from "Die Fledermaus" in The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland's MMus Opera Scenes.

  • Italian Opera Summer School in Bari, opera scenes as

    • "Basilio" in "The Marriage of Figaro".

    • "Ferrando" in "Cosi fan tutte".

    • "Nemorino" in "L'elisir d'amore".

  • National Opera Studio - Intro course, opera scene as "Nemorino" in L'elisir d'amore".

  • British Youth Opera workshop, opera scene as "Tamino" in "The Magic Flute"

  • "Mackintosh In Song", concert at "The House for an Art Lover, Glasgow.

  • Glen Cunningham, an afternoon of opera & song - Renfield St Stephens Church, Glasgow.

  • Glen Cunningham in concert - Nairn Community Centre. 

  • International Society for Music Education Opening Ceremony – Scottish Opera Soloist - Extracts from “The Cabinet of Dr Caligari” - Glasgow Royal Concert Hall.

  • Soloist with Edinburgh Kevock Choir at St Giles Cathedral & Queens Hall, Edinburgh.