Darren gained his Bachelor of Music in Piano from the Sydney Conservatorium of Music under Elizabeth Powell, as well as degrees in Law and Ancient History from Sydney University in 1998. In 2001 he graduated with a Masters in Piano from the Queensland Conservatorium, Griffith University where he studied with Natasha Vlassenko and Max Olding. Following this, in 2003 Darren spent time in Germany at the Musikhochschule Trossingen, working further on the solo Piano and Lieder repertoire. At around this time his interest in opera grew and he began to make this his primary area of interest. He completed a Masters in Opera Répétiteur at the Sydney Conservatorium with Stephen Mould and in 2014 graduated with an Artist’s Diploma in Opera Répétiteur from the highly regarded Guildhall School of Music and Drama, London, where he was accepted with a full scholarship and awarded the Leonard Hancock Memorial Prize.
In 2014 Darren was a staff répétiteur for the Music Academy International Opera Program in Trentino, Italy, where Renata Scotto was a guest teacher, and was also invited to the Lisa Gasteen National Opera School in Brisbane, Australia working with, among others, John Fisher (The Met, La Scala), Robert Lloyd and Richard Hetherington (ROH)…
In 2015 Darren moved to Berlin and began working as a freelance répétiteur, vocal coach and accompanist. In late 2015 he worked as staff pianist at the Internationale OpernWerkstatt in Sigriswil, Switzerland under the artistic direction of Verena Keller and in 2016 took part in International Opera Projects which included the European Premiere of a new work by Laura Kaminsky As One, as well as Mozart’s Cosi fan Tutte.
In 2017 Darren became Ballet Répétiteur at Theater Koblenz in Germany, where he worked on, among other pieces, Cinderella by Prokofiev.