Darren Hargan was born in Londonderry, Northern Ireland.
At the age of seventeen he was awarded a scholarship to the special joint course of the ROYAL NORTHERN COLLEGE OF MUSIC with the UNIVERSITY OF MANCHESTER. He was later awarded a full post-graduate scholarship to the ROYAL ACADEMY OF MUSIC in London.
As a recipient of the BRYDEN THOMSON CONDUCTOR SCHOLARSHIP in 2012, he has participated in masterclasses with Colin Davis, Colin Metters, Pierre Boulez and Bernard Haitink and, during 2014 was invited to study with renowned contemporary music specialist, Arturo Tamayo at the CONSERVATORIO DELLA SVIZZERA ITALIANA in Lugano.
Darren Hargan made his London debut at the age of twenty-one conducting the premiere of Gerard McBurney’s opera, THE AIRMAN’S TALE and was subsequently appointed to the position of assistant musical director at the INTERNATIONALES OPERNSTUDIO ZURICH. Since 2008 he has worked at the OPERNHAUS ZURICH under Alexander Pereira as repetiteur and assistant conductor.
In 2008 Darren Hargan was assistant to Stewart Robinson for the award-winning production of Sir Richard Rodney Bennet’s THE MINES OF SULPHUR at the WEXFORD FESTIVAL where he returned during 2010 as the assistant of Jarolav Kyzlink for Smetana’s HUBICKA.
He was invited by Kenneth Montgomery OBE to be his assistant for Martha Keller’s METROPOLITAN OPERA production of DON GIOVANNI for its 2009 season at LE GRAND THEATRE DE GENEVE where he worked with the ORCHESTRE DE LA SUISSE ROMANDE.
In 2010, for the PHILIP GLASS FESTIVAL production of IN THE PENAL COLONY at the THEATER DER KUNSTE in Zurich, he worked with the ZURICHER KAMMER ORCHESTER.
During 2013 he stepped in at short notice to conduct the YOUNG ARTISTS’ GALA CONCERT with the BREGENZ SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA at the OPERNHAUS ZURICH and during July 2013 he conducted an international cast and orchestra in a new production of Britten’s A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM for the YORKE TRUST in the UK and reviewed by THE GUARDIAN as a must see event.
He other opera conducting engagements include HANSEL & GRETEL, LA BOHEME, LUCIA DI LAMMERMOOR, THE BARBER OF SEVILLE, L’ELISIR D’AMORE, Schoenberg’s PIERROT LUNAIRE and VERKLÄRTE NACHT, LA CENERENTOLA, and conducting from the keyboard, THE MARRIAGE OF FIGARO, LA FINTA GIARDINIERA Britten’s THE RAPE OF LUCRETIA and THE TURN OF THE SCREW and most recently, A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM in Zurich and London for the BRITTEN CENTENARY.
He is also a highly proficient keyboard player and has conducted, from the keyboard, period-authentic performances of such works as Handel’s MESSIAH, JULIUS CAESAR and RINALDO, Mozart’s THE MARRIAGE OF FIGARO and Pergolesi’s LA SERVA PADRONA.
During 2014, again at the invitation of the YORKE TRUST in the UK he conducted performances of Gluck’s ARMIDE , as musical director of the production, bringing together a team of artists from the USA, Europe, South America, Mexico, Australia, Ireland and the UK and a period-authentic classical orchestra of international instrumentalists.
Darren Hargan’s recent projects include recordings for a commercial CD release of McBurney’s THE AIRMAN’S TALE and DON PASQUALE at the LUZERN STAATSOPER.
His 2016/2017 European season included working on productions of Terrence McNally’s MASTERCLASS in Biel and Solothurn. He conducted performances for the CARLSBAD SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA, programs of Britten and Stravinksy with CONCERTO HELVETICA and a season of THE BARBER OF SEVILLE in Ticino.
2018 includes conducting a performance of DER FLIEGENDE HOLLANDER at the SELZACH FESTIVAL in Switzerland where he will also conduct the season of the Bayreuth version of the KINDER FLIEGENDE HOLLANDER.
Other engagements this season have included performances of THE BARBER OF SEVILLE in Lugano and a return to the CARLSBAD SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA in programs of Tchaikovsky and he assists Constantin Trinks on Weber’s EURYANTHE at the THEATER AN DER WIEN.
2019 includes BLACKWATER FESTIVAL‘s season of DON PASQUALE in Ireland.
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