Jesse Darden

Jesse Darden’s tenor voice has been described as “warm and buttery” (Boston Classical Review). Originally from Chapel Hill, North Carolina, Jesse Darden was the 2018-2019 Principal Artist-In-Residence with Boston Lyric Opera. With the company, he was seen as A Boy in the world premiere of Schoenberg in Hollywood, Male Chorus in The Rape of Lucretia, and Luke in The Handmaid’s Tale​.

Jesse returned to Boston Lyric Opera in November 2019 to portray Timothy in Fellow Travelers to great acclaim.  In 2022, Jesse made his debut with Lincoln Center Theater in their production of Intimate Apparel.  He made his Union Avenue Opera debut in 2019 in the title role of Candide and returned to the company in the summer of 2022 to perform the role of Fenton in Falstaff. In the Fall, Jesse joins the Helena Symphony as a soloist for a performance of Mozart’s Requiem.

Jesse spent his 2017 and 2018 summers as an Apprentice Artist with the Santa Fe Opera, performing several small roles, and covering the role of Robert Wilson in Doctor Atomic. Jesse has completed apprenticeships with Chautauqua Opera and Opera North. Jesse was a New England Regional Finalist with the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, won Third Prize in the Gerda Lissner International Voice Competition, received the Chautauqua Opera Studio Artist Award, and received the Boston Lyric Opera Shrestinian Award for Excellence. He has performed extensively with Boston Lyric Opera, Odyssey Opera, Santa Fe Opera, Dartmouth College, New York Festival of Song, the Rhode Island Civic Chorale and Orchestra, Boston University Opera Institute, Piedmont Opera, Chautauqua Opera, and the Chautauqua Symphony.