|British-American baritone Darrell Babidge
returned to the Utah Festival Opera as John Hancock in 1776. He also performed
the Count in Le Nozze di Figaro Ping in Turandot, Dandini in La Cenerentola,
Neville in Simon’s Secret Garden, and Captain Tarnitz in The Student Prince
with Utah Festival Opera.. He also performed Durufle’s Requiem with
Music in the Mountains in California. He recently sang Betto in Gianni
Schicchi with Utah Opera.
He has performed Silvio in Leoncavallo’s Pagliacci with Intermountain Opera, was soloist in the Mozart Requiem with the Westchester Chorale and returned to Carnegie Hall to sing the Mozart Coronation Mass with Mid America Productions. He made his Carnegie Hall debut as soloist in Faure’s Requiem with MidAmerica Production. Darrell was a last minute replacement as Cpt. Corcoran in H.M.S. Pinafore with the Chattanooga Symphony and Opera. Mr. Babidge performed An Evening of Song on NPR radio in Utah.
Darrell is a graduate from the Royal Northern College Of Music in England having won four major prizes and awards and performing the roles of Nottingham (Roberto Devereux) and Lionel (Maid Of Orleans) . As a young singer with Glyndebourne Festival Opera, he performed the title role in Britten's Owen Wingrave, Journalist in Berg’s Lulu, and Diener in Strauss’ Capriccio.
He performed the role of the Journalist in Berg's Lulu at the Royal Albert Hall with the London Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Andrew Davis as part of the Proms concert series. Other concert work includes the role of Melchior in Amahl and the Night Visitors with the Halle Orchestra and Josef in L'Enfance du Christ both conducted by Kent Nagano. He performed the role of the Sailor in Dido and Aeneas with the Israeli Chamber Orchestra. Oratorio repertoire includes Messiah, Mozart Requiem, Dvorak Requiem, Faure Requiem, Durufle Requiem, B Minor Mass, Christmas Oratorio, St. Matthew Passion, Bach's Magnificat and Mozart's Mass in C Minor. Other conductors he has worked with are Ivor Bolton, Julius Rudell and John Elliot Gardner.
Mr. Babidge has recorded the role of the Blacksmith in Saints on the Seas with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra as well as the role of Father Jackson in the premiere recording of William Mayer's A Death in the Family. TV appearances include the role of the Journalist in Glyndebourne Festival Opera's production of Lulu and the Opera Works series directed by Jonathan Miller. While at Glynebourne he also covered Gugliemo in Cosi fan tutte and Olivier in Capriccio.