Seattle-based lyric baritone Darrell J. Jordan has been praised for his “shining, beautiful voice” (Broadway World), his "expressive baritone and facial expressions" (The SunBreak), and has been called “the star of the show” (Columbia Heart Beat). He holds a B.A. in both Psychology and Music and a M.M. in Voice Performance from the University of Missouri. He is currently pursuing his D.M.A. in Voice Performance at the University of Washington under the tutelage of Dr. Kari Ragan. Previous instruction has been from Steven Tharp and Ann Harrell. Before matriculating at the University of Washington, Mr. Jordan served on the faculty at the University of Missouri, the Swinney Conservatory of Music (Central Methodist University), Columbia College, and Stephens College, where he taught a full private voice studio, voice class, and separate Italian, German, English, and French lyric diction classes.
In demand as a recitalist and concert soloist, his recent solo concert engagements have been with Amherst Early Music Festival, the Odyssey Chamber Music Series, Rolla Choral Arts Society, Choral Arts Alliance of Missouri, the Missouri Symphony, the Southside Philharmonic Orchestra, the Toledo Symphony, Thalia Symphony, Olympia Chamber Orchestra, and the Seattle Art Song Society. Mr. Jordan has performed over 20 full roles, some favorites being: Papageno (Die Zauberflöte), Dandini (La Cenerentola), Guglielmo (Così fan tutte), Count Almaviva (Le nozze di Figaro), Dr. Falke (Die Fledermaus), Ignacio (Lucrezia), Count Gil (Il segreto di Susanna), Bunthorne (Patience), and Falstaff (Falstaff). Opera credits include St. Louis Opera Collective, Haymarket Opera Company, Gateway Opera, the Institute for 17th Century Music, the Show-Me Opera, Lawrence Opera Theatre, the Puget Sound Concert Opera, Operamuse, Seattle Modern Opera Company, Pacific Northwest Opera, the Gilbert & Sullivan Society of Seattle, and Seattle Opera (outreach cast).
This season, he will be making his mainstage debut as Lord Mountararat in Tacoma Opera’s production of Iolanthe, and as Belcore in OperaBend’s production of L’elisir d’amore. Additionally, he will debut a world premier song cycle by award-winning composer, Hans Bridger Heruth. He can be heard as the baritone soloist on the album St. Lawrence Psalter, and on the two upcoming albums being released by the Seattle Art Song Society. He is a member and co-artistic director of the nationally recognized, award-winning professional vocal chamber ensemble, Vox Nova. Additionally, he sings in award-winning choir Choral Arts Northwest, and in the professional ensemble, Cantorei, at St. James Cathedral in Seattle.
To keep up with Mr. Jordan's academic career, be sure to visit his webpage at the UW School of Music website.