Rising tenor, Derrek Stark, is quickly establishing a reputation as an elegant performer with nuanced and stylish singing. His commanding technique and youthful, ardent stage presence perfectly embody the romantic heroes he portrays. A 2018 Sullivan Foundation Grant Winner, he has been hailed by Opera News for his “handsome sound,” and described as a “standout” by the Wall Street Journal.
This season, Stark made his international debut with Opernhaus Zürich as the Italian Tenor in Der Rosenkavalier and returned to Palm Beach Opera as Alfredo in La traviata. Other engagements this season include a role premier with Teatro Nuovo as Arturo in La straniera, and Rinuccio in Gianni Schicchi with OperaFusion.
In previous seasons, Stark was seen as Giasone in Medea in Corinto with Teatro Nuovo, Rodolfo in La bohème with San Antonio Opera, The Governor in Candide with Palm Beach Opera, Harry in La fanciulla del West with Santa Fe Opera, Rodolfo in La bohème with Miami Lyric Opera, and el Remendado in Carmen with Lyric Opera Kansas City. Other roles performed include; Alfredo (La traviata), Rinuccio (Gianni Schicchi), Peter Quint (The Turn of the Screw), Tamino (Die Zauberflöte) and Fenton (Falstaff).
Equally at home in concert repertoire, Mr. Stark has performed with the Atlantic Classical Orchestra, the Boise Philharmonic, and the Orchestra of Saint Luke’s in repertoire ranging from Beethoven’s 9th Symphony, to Orff’s Carmina Burana, and Rossini’s Petite messe solennelle. This summer he joined the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra in performances of Carmina Burana and will make a debut with Kansas City Symphony Orchestra as a soloist in Beethoven’s 9th Symphony in June of 2020.
This year, Mr. Stark won 2nd place in the Giulio Gari International Voice Competition as well as 3rd place in the Opera Columbus Cooper-Bing Competition. His past awards include a Campbell/Wacther Scholarship from Santa Fe Opera, a Bel Canto Vocal Scholarship Foundation award, and 3rd place in the LLangollen International Musical Eisteddfod.
Stark is an alumnus of many prestigious training programs including; the Benenson Young Artist Program at Palm Beach Opera, Bel Canto at Caramoor; the Lyric Opera of Kansas City, and the Santa Fe Opera. He holds a B.M. from Mansfield University, PA, and a M.M. from The Jacobs School of Music, Indiana University, IN where he studied with renowned soprano Carol Vaness. Mr. Stark is a native of Bath, NY.