Darren Jeffery is as much in demand on the operatic stage as he is on the concert platform. His versatility enables him to sing roles from Handel to Wagner and the more contemporary works of Britten, Stravinsky, Weill and Birtwistle.
Darren has sung over fifteen roles with the Royal Opera, Covent Garden and has become well known for his performances at English National Opera which include Leporello/Don Giovanni, Donner/The Rheingold, Speaker/The Magic Flute, Mr. Flint/Billy Budd and Hobson/Peter Grimes.
He has performed at the Salzburg, Glyndebourne and Aix-en-Provence Festivals, at the Chicago Lyric Opera as Kothner Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg and as Raimondo/ Lucia di Lammermoor for New Israeli Opera.
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.
Darren 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.
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, Serenade to Music, 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.
He has appeared on several occasions with the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia in Rome and collaborated with several of the world’s leading conductors and orchestras.
Additional recordings include the London Symphony Orchestra’s Fidelio, Benvenuto Cellini and Mozart’s Requiem, and Garsington Opera’s Maometto Secondo, 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.
Recent engagements and future plans include the title role in Rossini’s Maometto II, Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9, Pizarro / Fidelio and Simon in the world premiere of Roxanna Panufnick’s opera Silver Birch for Garsington Opera, 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 as well as in a new production at the Nationale Reisopera, Bottom/A Midsummer Night’s Dream for Opera North, Mr Flint / Billy Budd for the Bolshoi, Moscow, Dr Roman in the world premiere of Marnie and the Speaker / The Magic Flute for ENO, Sprecher / Die Zauberflöte, Monterone / Rigoletto, Bill / Mahagonny and Father / Hänsel und Gretel for Covent Garden, the title role in Der Fliegende Holländer for the Nationale Reisopera as well as Melbourne Opera, Achilla / Giulio Cesare for Opera North, Kothner (and covering Sachs) / Der Meistersinger for Norwegian National Opera, Hobson for Oper Köln, Wotan / Das Rheingold for Longborough Festival Opera, as well as performances of the Messiah with the Colorado Symphony Orchestra under Douglas Boyd, concert performances of La Clemenza di Tito with Classical Opera Company, and Fidelio in Winterthur, Brahms Requiem at Wells Cathedral, Bach’s St John Passion with Bournemouth Symphony Chorus and Messiah in Amsterdam and Seville.