He has recently debuted at the Salzburg, Glyndebourne and Aix-en-Provence Festivals, at the Chicago Lyric Opera as Kothner Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg and as Raimondo, Lucia di Lammermoor for New Israeli Opera.
Darren has sung over fifteen roles with the Royal Opera, Covent Garden, and has become well known for his performances at English National Opera which include Leporello, Don Giovanni, Donner, The Rheingold, Speaker, The Magic Flute, Mr. Flint, Billy Budd, and Hobson, Peter Grimes.
He was a finalist in the Seattle International Wagner Competition in 2008 and has received two Grammy awards for his contribution to recordings of Falstaff and Billy Budd with the London Symphony Orchestra, under Sir Colin Davis and Daniel Harding respectively.
Darren studied at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester with Patrick McGuigan. He received the RNCM’s highest accolade, the Curtis Gold Medal and performed the title role in its award winning production of Verdi’s Falstaff. From 2001-2003 he was one of the inaugural members of the Royal Opera Young Artists Programme, where he made his professional debut as Sciarrone, Tosca.
A firm favourite as a soloist in Oratorio and Concert at major venues, Darren has sung Christus in Bach’s St. Matthew Passion with Sir Mark Elder and the Hallé Orchestra, appeared regularly at the BBC Proms (Elijah, Le Rossignol, Les Troyens, Serenade to Music, Peter Grimes, Haydn’s Seven Last Words from the Cross) and is becoming increasingly well known for his interpretation of Elgar’s The Dream of Gerontius, Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9, Handel’s Messiah, Bach’s B Minor Mass, St. John and St. Matthew Passions and the Requiem Masses of Verdi, Brahms and Mozart. He has appeared on several occasions with the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia in Rome and collaborated with notable conductors including Sir Charles Mackerras, Sir Colin Davis, Sir Andrew Davis, Paul Daniel, Sir Edward Downes, Sir Mark Elder, Daniele Gatti, Kurt Masur, Sir David Willcocks, Vladimir Jurowski, Sir Richard Hickox, Gianandrea Noseda and Antonio Pappano.
Additional recordings with the London Symphony include Fidelio, Benvenuto Cellini and Mozart’s Requiem, which he has also recorded with the London Philharmonic. He has featured in several DVD performances, most notable of which is Glyndebourne’s Billy Budd.
Recent and future plans include the title role in Rossini’s Maometto II, Créon Oedipus Rex with the BBC Symphony Orchestra in Manchester and Vienna, reprising the role of Lt. Ratcliffe at Glyndebourne and with Glyndebourne in New York, Bottom (A Midsummer Night’s Dream) for Opera North, Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 and Pizarro (Fidelio) for Garsington Opera, performances of the Messiah with the Colorado Symphony Orchestra under Douglas Boyd, a concert performance of Pelléas et Mélisande (The Physician) with the Philharmonia and Esa-Pekka Salonen and the Brahms Requiem at Wells Cathedral.
He currently studies with Margaret Kingsley.