Kieran Rayner

Baritone, Samling Artist Programme: 2017

The week eclipsed my (already high) expectations. I will be recommending Samling to every musical friend I know!


Photo: Kieran Rayner at Samling Artist Programme Masterclass, December 2017. Photo credit: Mark Pinder

New Zealand baritone Kieran Rayner studies at the Royal College of Music International Opera School (RCMIOS) with Russell Smythe as the Kiri Te Kanawa Foundation Scholar, also supported by Victoria League and HelpMusicians UK (Sybil Tutton/Felicity Guinness awards). He is a Britten-Pears Young Artist in 2017/2018 and attended the 2017 Internationale Meistersinger Akademie with Edith Wiens. Roles include Le Mari/Le Directeur in Les mamelles de Tirésias, Pausanias in Une éducation manquée, Gustavo in Faramondo, Nardo in La finta giardiniera, Eisenstein in Die Fledermaus and Vicar Gedge in Albert Herring (RCMIOS); Forester in The Cunning Little Vixen, six roles in English Eccentrics (British Youth Opera); Figaro in Il barbiere di Siviglia (Park Opera); and Blacksmith in the world premiere of Philip Sunderland’s The Glass Knight (Saffron Hall). Concert highlights include Vaughan Williams’ Serenade to Music (Buckingham Palace with John Wilson); Stravinsky’s Pulcinella under Vladimir Jurowski; Mahler’s Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen (Orchestra Wellington); and Gounod’s St Cecilia Mass (New Caledonia).

All Samling Artists

To update this page, please email:

Samling Institute for Young Artists—through performance and learning opportunities—nurtures young classical singers and piano accompanists. From students to emerging professionals, hundreds of young artists have benefited since the charity was founded in 1996. They see their time with Samling Institute as a springboard and inspiration. 

Find out more about Samling Artist Programme