In Full Voice -- Bio
Darby Tench has aroused the admiration of her fans for her piano/vocal renderings of swing, bossa nova and French chanson as well as for her comic performances of grand opera, Comedopera (aka Opera Night).
One of four American singers chosen to perform as a soloist in China with the conservatory of Xi'an, she was also a featured soloist with at the Theatro Municipal in Rio de Janeiro with Orquestra Sinfonica Brasileira, and at the Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires with the Buenos Aires Philharmonic.
An accomplished lyric soprano, Darby switches easily between jazz and opera styles. In Opera Night, she blends humor and opera in a manner which audiences have likened to the comedic musical brilliance of Victor Borge and Anna Russell. She learned her interactive skills and theatrical chops during ten years of performances at the Mount Washington Resort, and many more as keyboardist for the musical mystery touring theater group, Get-A-Clue.
Onstage appearances include the mother of Stephen Dedalus' in Roger Rudenstein's operatic adaptation of James Joyce's Ulysses and as the Beggar Woman in Stephen Sondheim's Sweeney Todd. She is the recipient of teaching awards from universities across the country and the author of more than a dozen articles on Italian opera and literature. She holds a B.A. and a Ph.D. from Yale University.