Baritone Darwin Prakash has been an ensemble member of the Staatsoper Hannover since the 2022/23 season, singing the roles of Figaro in Il Barbiere di Siviglia, Marcello in La Bohème, Conte Almaviva in Le nozze di Figaro, Papageno in Die Zauberflöte, Duke of Albany in Lear and Chou-En-Lai in Nixon in China. Other highlights include Marschner’s Der Vampyr in Hannover, the German premiere of Philip Venables’ Denis and Katya, and Belcore in Donizetti’s L’Elisir d’amore at the Waterperry Opera Festival. He sang Leporello in Don Giovanni at Opera Holland Park, Geronimo in Cimarosa‘s Il Matrimonio Segreto at Royal Opera House Mumbai, and Sacerdote di Minerva in Händel’s Teseo at the London Händel Festival. At the Royal Academy Opera, he portrayed Ibn-Hakia in Tchaikovsky’s Iolanta, and Escamillo in Peter Brook’s production of La Tragédie de Carmen.
Darwin Prakash won the National Mozart Competition in the UK in 2019 and the Premio Extraordinario at the 2021 Tenor Viñas International Competition. He is the recipient of the inaugural Gus Christie Award at the Glyndebourne Opera Festival.
Born in Mumbai, Darwin obtained a degree in Geology at the University of Delhi. In 2014 he got admitted at the Royal Academy of Music in London where he studied with Mark Wildman. He was awarded the Queen’s Commendation for Excellence upon graduation in 2019. He is an alumnus of the Georg Solti Accademia Di Bel Canto and the Glyndebourne Academy and a former Young Artist at Opera Holland Park.