"gorgeously warm tone"
Darren Lekeith Drone
Described as having “a gorgeously warm tone and deep resonance” (Opera News), Baritone Darren Drone is quickly making a name for himself in the opera world as an exciting up and comer. His 2020-21 season begins with his second year of residency with Michigan Opera Theatre. During his first year with the company, roles included covering Leporello in Don Giovanni, covering the title role of Sweeney Todd, performing both the title role of Gianni Schicchi as well as Buoso’s Ghost, covering Tonio in Pagliacci, and preparing the role of Young Man/Man in Bar in Champion (canceled due to COVID-19). In the spring of 2020, Mr. Drone was awarded as a semifinalist in the Lotte Lenya Competition, performed with the Detroit Youth Symphony Orchestra, and was scheduled to make his company debut with Opera Maine as William in The Fall of the House of Usher (canceled due to COVID-19). In 2021, Mr. Drone looks forward to making his role debut as the title role in Le nozze di Figaro with Opera in the Heights.
GIANNI SCHICCHI & BUOSO'S GHOST at Michigan Opera Theater
"The audience was in good hands with Studio Artist Darren Drone as Gianni Schicchi. Ideally cast in the broad comedic role, Drone has a gorgeously warm tone and deep resonance which he deployed with spot on timing." -Opera News
"Darren Drone, as the wily Schicchi, proved he has the chops,
the charisma, and the comedic nuance to excel in this role."
LA FILLE DU RÉGIMENT at Opera in the Heights
"As Sulpice, surrogate father to Marie, baritone Darren Drone projects lighthearted macho charm and a drill sergeant's commanding voice." -Houston Press
AMAZING GRACE at Utah Festival Opera
"In the second act he sings 'Nowhere Left to Run' which is one of the most powerful numbers in the show. Drone's rich baritone voice is filled with such passion as he sings it, and it received the biggest applause from the audience." -Front Row Reviewers
"Darren Lekeith Drone is electrifying as Thomas." -HJ News