Division: Vocal Performance
Position: Associate Professor
Office: E-442 HFAC
Baritone Darrell Babidge graduated from the Royal Northern College of Music in the U.K. where he was recognized with four major awards and performed lead roles. He received his master’s degree from Brigham Young University and his professional degree in vocal performance from the Manhattan School of Music, funded directly by Birgitt Nilsson. While he was still a student, he performed the title role of Britten’s Owen Wingrave at Glyndebourne Festival Opera with the London Philharmonic Orchestra. Mr. Babidge has performed with many European and US opera companies. His concert work is extensive, working with leading orchestras and conductors. In 2004, he made his Carnegie Hall debut, and returned the following year to sing in Mozart’s Coronation Mass. Conductors he has worked with include Kent Nagano, John Eliot Gardiner, James Levine, Sir Andrew Davis, Julius Rudell and Ivor Bolton.
He has recorded for CD, DVD and TV productions, most recently in the title role of The Redeemer with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. Recent engagements include the title role of Mendelssohn’s Elijah with the Salt Lake Choral Artists, Count Almaviva in Le Nozze di Figaro for Utah Festival Opera, Simone in Gianni Schicchi for Intermountain Opera, and Gideon March in Little Women for Utah Opera.
Darrell has a private studio, and is also a full-time faculty member at Brigham Young University. He teaches the Utah Opera Young Artists, Arizona Opera Young Artists, and is a vocal coach with Dolora Zajick at the Institute for Young Dramatic Voices. He also recently taught at the international vocal program, VOICExperience. His students sing in major opera houses throughout the world, including the Royal Opera House, Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona, Metropolitan Opera, Houston Grand Opera, Semperoper Dresden, Deutsch Oper Berlin, Teatro Real in Madrid, Opera di Genova in Italy, Vienna State Opera and San Francisco Opera. Students have also been accepted into Young Artist and summer programs, including the Metropolitan Opera, Houston Grand Opera, Glimmerglass, Tanglewood, Wolf Trap, Santa Fe, Aspen, Academy of the West and Ravinia. He has been employed by the Metropolitan Opera to teach in their Lindemann Young Artists program, and two of his students recently won the Metropolitan Opera National Council competition. Students have recorded for Decca and Deutsche Grammaphon, with a recent recording nominated for a Grammy award.
Professional Degree, Vocal Performance, Manhattan School of Music
MM, Vocal Performance, Brigham Young University
BA, Vocal Performance, Royal Northern College of Music
Oratorio Lit for Solo Voice (Music 511)
Graduate Voice Instruction (Music 660R)