Fellow Travelers, Boston Lyric Opera

"Two finer men could not have been cast for the leading roles of the lovers, Hawk and “Skippy.” Baritone Jesse Blumberg, as the super-confident Hawk Fuller, and tenor Jesse Darden, as the vulnerable, complicated “Skippy” Laughlin, looked gorgeous and sang that way as well." -Opera News

Candide, Union Avenue Opera

"Jesse Darden brought a clear, well-produced tenor and solid acting chops to the title role, his character managing to maintain his innocence until the very end, in a quietly authoritative performance." - Sarah Bryan Miller, St. Louis Post-Dispatch