Guest Artist, renown baritone and master voice teacher
Baritone Darrell Babidge graduated from the Royal Northern College of Music in the U.K. where he was recognized with four awards and performed the roles of Nottingham (Roberto Devereux), Man (Dawnpath), and Lionel (Maid of Orleans). He also received his Master’s degree from Brigham Young University and his Professional degree in vocal performance from the Manhattan School of Music, funded by the Birgitt Nilsson scholarship. A recent review from the Salt Lake Tribune said “On opening night, baritone soloist Darrell Babidge filled the Capitol Theater with his resonant voice”. Another review from the Opera Now journal has written “Darrell Babidge contributed smooth, polished timbre to the [role of] Almaviva”.
Engagements: 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 Cosi 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 in Pagliacci with Intermountain Opera. He then returned to Utah Festival Opera to perform the role of Ping in Turandot and Count Almaviva in Le Nozze di Figaro for the following two seasons.
Other operatic roles include the title role of Eugene Onegin, Guglielmo (Cosi Fan Tutte), Count Robinson (Il Matrimonio Segreto), Father Jackson (A Death in the Family by William Mayer), Papageno (The Magic Flute), Schaunard (La Boheme) and Rangoni (Boris Godunov).
Concert works 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 the Messiah; Mozart's Requiem, Coronation Mass and Mass in C; Mendelssohn's Elijah, Dvorak's Requiem; Faure's Requiem; Durufle's Requiem; and Bach's B Minor Mass, Christmas Oratorio, Magnificat and St. Matthew Passion. Other conductors he has worked with 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 . TV 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 of Mendelssohn's Elijah with the Salt Lake Symphony, the baritone solo in the Durufle Requiem with the Music in the Mountains Orchestra, the role of Count Almaviva (Le Nozze di Figaro) for Opera at the Presidio in San Francisco, the role of John Hancock in 1776 for Utah Festival Opera and Falke in Die Fledermaus for Intermountain Opera. This year a DVD was released of The Redeemer with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir where Mr. Babidge sings the role of The Savior. In November he sang Aaron Copland's Songs of the Valley for Ballet West at the Capitol Theater in Salt Lake City, and the baritone solo in John Rutter's Mass of the Children with the American Festival Orchestra, conducted by Craig Jessop.