Darren Jeffery


Darren Jeffery has sung a diverse range of roles from Monteverdi and Handel to Verdi and Wagner, alongside the more contemporary works of Britten, Stravinsky, Weill and Birtwistle. He has performed at the Salzburg, Glyndebourne, Aix-en-Provence and Garsington Festivals, at the Chicago Lyric Opera as Kothner/Meistersinger and as Raimondo/Lucia di Lammermoor for New Israeli Opera. His varied repertoire has taken him to many European theatres including La Monnaie, Brussels and Teatro Real, Madrid. He made his debut at the Bolshoi Theatre, Moscow as the Sailing Master, Mr. Flint/Billy Budd.

From 2001-2003 he was an inaugural member of the Royal Opera Young Artists Programme and has since sung many roles for the company, most recently Bank-Account Billy/Aufstieg und Fall der Stadt Mahagonny. His roles with English National Opera span Mozart, Wagner and Britten.

He was a finalist in the Seattle International Wagner Competition in 2008 and has contributed to a number of Opera and Oratorio recordings, of which Falstaff and Billy Budd with the London Symphony Orchestra have received Grammy awards. In Oratorio and concert, Darren has appeared on several occasions at the BBC Proms. 

Longborough debut: Ariadne auf Naxos (2018)

Recent engagements: Kothner/Meistersinger (Glyndebourne), Speaker/The Magic Flute (ENO); title role/Maometto Secondo and Silver Birch, a new commission by Roxanna Panufnik (Garsington)

Future engagements: title role/Der fliegende Höllander in the Netherlands; a new commission, Marnie at ENO; Sprecher/Die Zauberflöte and Monterone/Rigoletto (Royal Opera House); Mr. Flint/Billy Budd (Bolshoi Theatre); and concerts with Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra and the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic