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Даррен Джефри

Biography

Darren Jeffery studied at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester with Patrick McGuigan. He received the RNCM’s highest accolade, the Curtis Gold Medal and performed the title role in its award winning production of Verdi’s Falstaff. From 2001-2003 he was an inaugural member of the Royal Opera Young Artists Programme, where he made his professional debut as Sciarrone, Tosca, and sang roles including Masetto (Don Giovanni), Monterone (Rigoletto), Mandarin (Turandot), Baron Douphol (La traviata) and Speaker of the Temple (Die Zauberflöte).

Darren has sung over fifteen roles with the Royal Opera, Covent Garden including Bonze (Madama Butterfly), Johann (Werther), Bottom (A Midsummer Night’s Dream), Father Trulove (The Rake’s Progress), Capulet (Roméo et Juliette) and Bank Account Bill (Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny). He has become well known for his performances at English National Opera. His many roles include Leporello (Don Giovanni), Donner (The Rheingold), Speaker (The Magic Flute), Mr. Flint (Billy Budd) and Hobson (Peter Grimes).

Engagements elsewhere include Father Trulove (The Rake’s Progress) for Teatro Real, Madrid, Raimondo (Lucia di Lammermoor) for New Israeli Opera, Lieutenant Ratcliffe (Billy Budd) for Glyndebourne Festival, Capulet (Roméo et Juliette) for Salzburg Festival, Publio (La clemenza di Tito) for Aix-en-Provence Festival, Bottom and Theseus (A Midsummer Night’s Dream) for Opera North, Fritz Kothner (Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg) for Lyric Opera of Chicago and Glyndebourne Festival and Don Pizarro (Fidelio) and the title role in Maometto II for Garsington Festival.

A firm favourite as a soloist in Oratorio and Concert, Darren has sung Christus in Bach’s St. Matthew Passion with Sir Mark Elder and the Hallé Orchestra, appeared regularly at the BBC Proms (Elijah, Le Rossignol, Les Troyens, Peter Grimes, Haydn’s Seven Last Words from the Cross) and has regularly performed Elgar’s The Dream of Gerontius, Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9, Handel’s Messiah, Bach’s B Minor Mass, St. John and St. Matthew Passions, Mendelssohn’s Elijah and the Requiem Masses of Verdi, Brahms and Mozart. His concert appearances include several performances with the Orchestra of the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia.

Recent engagements include the title role in Rossini’s Maometto II, Créon Oedipus Rex with the BBC Symphony Orchestra in Manchester and Vienna, reprising the role of Lt. Ratcliffe at Glyndebourne and with Glyndebourne in New York, Bottom A Midsummer Night’s Dream for Opera North, Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 and Pizarro Fidelio for Garsington Opera, performances of the Messiah with the Colorado Symphony Orchestra under Douglas Boyd, concert performances of La Clemenza di Tito with Classical Opera Company, Speaker for English National Opera, Bill Mahagonny at the Royal Opera House and Fidelio in Winterthur as well as Brahms Requiem at Wells Cathedral and Bach’s St John Passion with Bournemouth Symphony Chorus.

Additional recordings include the London Symphony Orchestra’s Fidelio, Benvenuto Cellini and Mozart’s Requiem, and Garsington Opera’s Maometto II, in which he sings the title role. He has featured in a number of DVD performances including A Rake’s Progress, Don Carlo and Billy Budd.

He was a finalist in the Seattle International Wagner Competition in 2008 and has received two Grammy awards for his contribution to recordings of Falstaff and Billy Budd with the London Symphony Orchestra, under Sir Colin Davis and Daniel Harding respectively.