Darren Jeffery

Bass-Baritone

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 theatre 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/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. He has worked with many leading orchestras, including the Hallé, London Philharmonic Orchestra, London Symphony Orchestra, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, the Philharmonia, BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, BBC National Orchestra of Wales, the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia in Rome, the Freiburg Baroque, RTÉ Orchestra, the Gulbenkian Foundation in Lisbon, Classical Opera Company and the Colorado Symphony Orchestra.


Previously for Longborough: The Music Master/Ariadne auf Naxos (2018)


Recent engagements: Hobson/Peter Grimes (Köln Opera), Kothner/Meistersinger (Glyndebourne); Monterone/Rigoletto, Speaker/Magic Flute (Royal Opera House); title role/Maometto Secondo and Silver Birch, a new commission by Roxanna Panufnik (Garsington); Marnie (ENO); and the title role in Wagner’s Der fliegende Höllander in the Netherlands.


Future engagements: Kothner/Meistersinger (Norwegian National Opera); Kurwenal/Tristan und Isolde in the Netherlands; Achilla/Giulio Cesare (Opera North); Höllander (Melbourne Opera); and his first Wotan/Das Rheingold for Longborough Festival Opera.