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Darren Jeffery

Bass-Baritone

Biography

Darren Jeffery in action.
Darren Jeffery in Roméo et Juliette, The Royal Opera © ROH/Bill Cooper, 2010

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 2017/18 Season to sing Speaker of the Temple and Monterone.

Jeffery studied at the Royal Northern College of Music with Patrick McGuigan. His many roles with English National Opera include Leporello (Don Giovanni), Speaker (The Magic Flute), Donner (The Rhinegold), Hobson (Peter Grimes) and Mr Flint (Billy Budd). Engagements elsewhere include Father Trulove for Teatro Real, Madrid, Lieutenant Ratcliffe (Billy Budd) for Glyndebourne Festival, Capulet 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.

Jeffery regularly performs in oratorio, singing core repertory including St Matthew Passion, Messiah, The Dream of Gerontius and Verdi’s Requiem. His concert appearances include several performances with the Orchestra of the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia.

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