Tenor Jesse Darden is an operatic artist gaining national acclaim in a variety of repertoire. Jesse was the 2018-2019 Principal Artist-In-Residence with Boston Lyric Opera. His assignments with the company included covering Count Almaviva in Il Barbiere di Siviglia, performing A Boy in the world premiere of Schoenberg in Hollywood, performing Male Chorus in The Rape of Lucretia, and performing Luke in The Handmaid's Tale​. Jesse made his Union Avenue Opera debut in 2019 in the title of Candide. Jesse spent his 2017 and 2018 summers as an Apprentice Artist with the Santa Fe Opera, performing several small roles, and covering the role of Robert Wilson in Doctor Atomic. Jesse has completed apprenticeships with Chautauqua Opera and Opera North. Jesse was a New England Regional Finalist with the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, won Third Prize in the Gerda Lissner International Voice Competition, received the Chautauqua Opera Studio Artist Award, and received the Boston Lyric Opera Shrestinian Award for Excellence. He has performed roles and solos with Boston Lyric Opera, Odyssey Opera, Santa Fe Opera, Dartmouth College, the Rhode Island Civic Chorale and Orchestra, Boston University Opera Institute, Piedmont Opera, Chautauqua Opera, and the Chautauqua Symphony.