English bass-baritone Darren Jeffery was an inaugural member of The Royal Opera’s Young Artists Programme 2001–03, singing roles including Masetto (Don Giovanni), Monterone (Rigoletto), Mandarin (Turandot), Baron Douphol (La traviata) and Speaker of the Temple (Die Zauberflöte). He has since returned to sing roles 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 returns in the 2019/20 Season to sing Speaker of the Temple.
Jeffery studied at the Royal Northern College of Music with Patrick McGuigan. His many roles with English National Opera include Leporello (Don Giovanni), Speaker of the Temple, Donner (The Rhinegold), Hobson (Peter Grimes), Mr Flint (Billy Budd) and Dr Roman (Marnie). Engagements elsewhere include Lieutenant Ratcliffe (Billy Budd) for Glyndebourne Festival, Mr Flint for the Bolshoi, the Dutchman (Der fliegende Holländer) for Nederlandse Reisopera, Hobson in Cologne, Capulet for Salzburg Festival, Publio (La clemenza di Tito) for Aix-en-Provence Festival, Achilla (Giulio Cesare) and 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, Simon (Silver Birch), Don Pizarro (Fidelio) and the title role in Maometto II for Garsington Festival and Music Master (Ariadne auf Naxos) and Wotan (Das Rheingold) for Longborough Festival.
His concert appearances include performances with ensembles including the Orchestra of the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, all of the BBC Orchestras, the Hallé Orchestra, the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and the London Symphony Orchestra.