Baritone, Darrell Babidge was born in Bournemouth, England. He graduated from the Royal Northern College of Music in the U.K in vocal performance and received his Master’s degree from Brigham Young University and his Professional degree in vocal performance from the Manhattan School of Music, funded by Birgitt Nilsson. While still a student, he performed the title role of Britten's Owen Wingrave with the Glyndebourne Festival Opera and London Philharmonic Orchestra. Darrell has performed in Europe, America and Asia, in venues that include the Metropolitan Opera, Carnegie Hall, Glyndebourne Festival Opera, and the Royal Albert Hall, and with the following conductors: Kent Nagano, Julius Rudel, Sir Andrew Davis, John Eliot Gardiner, and Ivor Bolton.
Darrell was on the voice faculty at Brigham Young University from 2006-2019. He taught the Utah Opera Resident Artists and the Arizona Opera Studio Artists as their resident teacher. During the summer he is a vocal coach with Dolora Zajick at the Institute for Young Dramatic Voices. He has also taught at other summer programs, and will be teaching at Santa Fe Opera in 2020. His students have recently sung at the Royal Opera House, Gran Teatre del Liceu, Metropolitan Opera, Houston Grand Opera, Semperoper Dresden, Bayerische Staatsoper, Théâtre du Châtelet, Theater St. Gallen, Deutsch Oper Berlin, Teatro Real, Opera di Genova, Vienna State Opera, Seattle Opera and San Francisco Opera. Singers from his studio have also been accepted into young artist and summer programs, including the Metropolitan Opera, Houston Grand Opera, San Francisco Opera, Merola Opera Program, Glimmerglass Festival, Tanglewood, Wolf Trap Opera, Santa Fe Opera, Central City Opera, Aspen Music Festival, Academy of the West, Ravinia Festival, and Chautauqua Opera.
His students have become winners of the following competitions: Metropolitan Opera National Council, George London, Operalia, Eleanor McCollum (Houston Grand Opera), and the Licia-Albanese Puccini competition. Students have also recorded for Decca, Deutsche Grammaphon and Sony, with a recent recording nominated for a Grammy award. Soprano, Rachel Willis-Sørensen will be a guest artist on Jonas Kaufmann’s latest album in 2019.