Darryl Taylor's performances have been noted for their compelling artistry and authority, in a repertoire extending from Bach to Britten, and beyond. He created the role of Jimmy in the premiere of the jazz opera by Nathan Davis, Just Above My Head, based on the novel by James Baldwin. Recent performance highlights include Orfeo in Orfeo ed Eurydice for De Utrechtse Spelen at Paleis Soestdijk (Holland) before 70,000 spectators; the title role in the Philip Glass opera Akhnaten for Long Beach Opera (a role he learned on one week’s notice); and a first place win in the Alexander International Vocal Competition, culminating in a performance at Carnegie Hall. He was also heard performing Handel’s Solomon with the City Choir of Washington; further performances in Munich for Radio Bavaria; at the historic Maria la Nova Cathedral in Naples; with jazz great Kenny Burrell at Royce Hall in Los Angeles; and in recital at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington DC.
His New York recital debut took place at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall. His recitals regularly introduce audiences to works of composers like William Grant Still, George Walker, Adolphus Hailstork, John Musto, Deon Nielsen Price, Edward Hart, Richard Thomspon, Ted Wiprud, Leslie Adams and Hale Smith. Many of these works were written especially for his voice. Founder of the African American Art Song Alliance, he has premiered numerous works including Daniel Bernard Roumaine's Epilogue, 1965, Erik Santos' Dreamer: Seven Poems by Langston Hughes, Deon Nielsen Price's To the Children of War, Theodore Wiprud's A Georgia Song, Richard Thompson’s Dream Variations, and Edward Hart’s The Caged Bird Sings. His recordings on Naxos and Albany record labels have received lavish praise. Love Rejoices: Songs of H. Leslie Adams was a Number One Critic's Choice for American Record Guide. (www.DarrylTaylor.com)