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Darrell Babidge graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree from the Royal Northern College of Music, where he was recognized with four awards and performed the roles of Nottingham (Roberto Devereux), Man (Dawnpath), and Lionel (of Orleans). He also received a Master of Music degree in vocal performance from Brigham Young University and a Professional degree in vocal performance from the Manhattan School of Music, the latter funded by the Birgit Nilsson scholarship.
While he was still a student, he performed the title role of Britten’s Owen Wingrave; Journalist in Lulu; and Diener in Capriccio with the Glyndebourne Festival Opera. He also covered the roles of Guglielmo in Così Fan Tutte and Olivier in Capriccio at Glyndebourne. In 2004 he made his Carnegie Hall debut as a soloist in Faure’s Requiem and returned in April 2005 to sing in Mozart’s Coronation Mass. Other recent engagements have included a return to Utah Festival Opera as Dandini in La Cenerentola. In the fall of 2004, he sang the role of Captain Corcoran in H.M.S. Pinafore with the Chattanooga Symphony and Opera. For the spring of 2005, he performed in a production of Don Giovanni with Boheme Opera and sang the role of Silvio inPagliacci with Intermountain Opera. He then returned to Utah Festival Opera to perform the role of Ping in Turandotand Count Almaviva in Le Nozze di Figaro for the following two seasons.
Other operatic roles include the title role of Eugene Onegin, Guglielmo (Così Fan Tutte), Count Robinson (Il MatrimonioSegreto), Father Jackson (A Death in the Family by William Mayer), Papageno (The Magic Flute), Schaunard (La Bohème) and Rangoni (Boris Godunov).
Concert work include Melchior in Menotti’s Amahl and the Night Visitors and Josef in Berlioz’s L’Enfance du Christ, both conducted by Kent Nagano; Journalist in Lulu at the Royal Albert Hall (for the Proms season in the UK) with the London Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Andrew Davis; and Sailor in Dido and Aeneas with the Israeli Chamber Orchestra. Oratorio repertoire includes theMessiah; Mozart’s Requiem, Coronation Mass and Mass in C; Mendelssohn’s Elijah, Dvorak’s Requiem; Faure’sRequiem; Durufle’s Requiem; and Bach’s B Minor Mass,Christmas Oratorio, Magnificat, and St. Matthew Passion. Other conductors with whom he has worked include Ivor Bolton, Julius Rudell, and John Eliot Gardiner.
Recordings include the role of Blacksmith in Saints on the Seas with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and the role of Father Jackson in the premiere recording of William Mayer’s A Death in the Family. Television appearances also include a live broadcast of Lulu with Glyndebourne Festival Opera (also on DVD) and Opera Works directed by Jonathan Miller.
Recent engagements include the title role in Mendelssohn’s Elijah with the Salt Lake Symphony, the baritone solo in the Durufle Requiem with the Music in the Mountains Orchestra in California, and a televised performance of The Redeemerwith the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. Upcoming engagements include the role of John Hancock in 1776 for Utah Festival Opera and the role of Falke in Die Fledermaus for Intermountain Opera.
BA, Vocal Performance, Royal Northern College of Music
MM, Vocal Performance, Brigham Young University
Professional Degree, Vocal Performance, Manhattan School of Music
Oratorio Lit for Solo Voice (Music 511)
Graduate Voice Instruction (Music 660R)