My model voice was in the tenor range and it was during my studies in this
fach that it was pointed out to me that I might be a countertenor. I went
on the record a few discs as a tenor that were fairly successful. Still,
the altissimo range kept calling to me. I decided to give the countertenor
inside me wings and to let it fly. I've had tremendous opportunities to
present themselves since then and I couldn't be happier about the change.
And no, I don't sing in both fachs. It's an either/or proposition.
Handel's Medoro and Tolomeo; Britten's Oberon. Glass' Akhnaten fit me very well, too!
Hmm, thant's an interesting question. I doubt that I'll sing the bearded
lady in The Rake's Progress. I know someo other counters sing it, but I'd
be shy about taking it on. I don't think I'd say never, ever...but it
would take a bit to persuade me.
There are a few that intrigue me. Probably a big, sweeping Calaf!
I think one learns so much from sharing the stage with great artists. I
can only imagine what I'd learn from singing next to Leontyne Price. She's
an artist that has reduced me to speechlessness, on more than one
I'd love to work with Ken Cazan. I had the pleasure of working with him
once and find him to be a motivating genius!
Gosh, I can't say. It's like choosing a favorite child. I listen to music
quite a lot, in various styles. The thing I'd most miss if I couldn't
recover it would be Aretha Franklin's tribute to Dinah Washington.
I was called on Thursday to cover a Saturday performance, so I learned the
part in two days. I had another week of work before my performance on
I enjoy travel, going to the beach, and jogging.
I have a new CD, "How Sweet the Sound - a charm of spirituals" on Albany
Records, and maintain a channel at www.youtube.com/darryltaylorct
. My web site is www.darryltaylor.com.