DARREN CHASE

Biography

Darren Chase

Darren Chase is the winner of the 2013 American Prize in Art Song. He has recorded three albums, Robert Schumann: LiederkreisThe Young Debussy  and The Winter Journey. Last season Darren performed Franz Schubert's Winterreise in his own English translation and Die schöne Müllerin in the original German. This year he sings recitals of Schumann's Dichterliebe and Opus 24.

Darren has performed with the Santa Fe Opera, American Bach Soloists, Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, the Aspen and Tanglewood Music Festivals, International Contemporary Ensemble and Exilkabarett.  He holds degrees from UC Berkeley, Boston University and the City College of New York in performance studies, music and education.

In addition to his musical endeavors, Darren teaches English at New Design High School, a public school in his Lower East Side neighborhood. He writes essays, short stories, poetrybooks and curricula on mindfulness, classical vocal technique and adolescent education.

 "Darren Chase sings with beautiful gravity and resonance Gustav Mahler’s heart-wrenching Kindertotenlieder.” - Arts Journal, 2015

“Darren Chase filled the Mahler songs with manly feeling.”-The Observer, 2015

"He has a young but polished and mature voice, a very masculine tenor, with complete control through his whole dynamic range. By turns his singing is delicate, powerful, intimate, commanding." - Classical Voice, 2014 

“His voice is rich and creamy, but divulges a brightness even in the lower ranges. He can reach the higher notes with seeming ease, and nothing here ever poses a challenge to his considerable vocal technique." - Classical Net, 2014