Jeffery, Darren

English bass-baritone Darren Jeffery was an inaugural member of The Royal Opera’s Young Artists Programme 2001–03, singing roles including Masetto (Don Giovanni), Monterone (Rigoletto), Mandarin (Turandot), Baron Douphol (La traviata) and Speaker of the Temple (Die Zauberflöte). He has since returned to sing roles including Bonze (Madama Butterfly), Johann (Werther), Bottom (A Midsummer Night’s Dream), Father Trulove (The Rake’s Progress) and Capulet (Roméo et Juliette) for the Company, and in the 2014/15 Season sings Bank Account Billy (Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny).

Jeffery studied at the Royal Northern College of Music with Patrick McGuigan. His many roles with English National Opera include Leporello (Don Giovanni), Speaker (The Magic Flute), Donner (The Rhinegold), Hobson (Peter Grimes) and Mr Flint (Billy Budd). Engagements elsewhere include Father Trulove for Teatro Real, Madrid, Lieutenant Ratcliffe (Billy Budd) for Glyndebourne Festival, Capulet for Salzburg Festival, Publio (La clemenza di Tito) for Aix-en-Provence Festival, Bottom and Theseus (A Midsummer Night’s Dream) for Opera North, Fritz Kothner (Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg) for Lyric Opera of Chicago and Don Pizarro (Fidelio) and the title role in Maometto II for Garsington Festival.

Jeffery regularly performs in oratorio, singing core repertory including St Matthew Passion, Messiah, The Dream of Gerontius and Verdi’s Requiem. His concert appearances include several performances with the Orchestra of the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia.

(taken from the ROH website)