Tenor Darius Gillard is steadily gaining momentum on regional operatic circuits. Praised for his warm legato and thoughtful interpretation, he excels in the lyric repertoire. To date, he has appeared in principal, supporting, and comprimario roles with companies that include the Detroit Opera, Toledo Opera, Opera Carolina, Connecticut Lyric Opera, Arbor Opera Theatre, Capitol Opera Raleigh, and Hartford Opera Theatre. An avid interpreter of contemporary opera, he has performed and created roles in new works that include Double Duty Ratcliffe in Daniel Sonenberg’s The Summer King (Detroit Opera), John Lewis in Douglas Tappan’s I Dream (Opera Carolina/Charlottesville Opera), and The Son in Tesori/Thompson’s Blue (Toledo Opera). He has also made appearances with the Florence Civic Orchestra, Charleston Chamber Orchestra, Flint Symphony Orchestra, and the Detroit Festival Camerata as a featured soloist in various oratorio works that include Mozart’s Vesperae solennes de confessore, Händel’s Messiah, Saint-Saëns’ Oratorio de Noël, and Mozart’s Requiem in D minor. Equally at home on the concert stage, he looks forward continuing his work in the performance and use of African American Art song as a tool for activisim.
Last update: 12-10-2022.