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A headshot of Darius Gillard

Darius A. Gillard is a first-year Pittsburgh Opera Resident Artist in 2022-23.

Darius has had the pleasure of working in and developing music programs at institutions that include the University of Michigan, Michigan State University, and Claflin University where he currently serves as Assistant Professor of Voice and Opera. He has most recently served as Search Committee Chair for the Director of Choral Studies position, and has worked for the last year as a Civic Engagement Artist at Opera Carolina.

On the opera stage, he has appeared with companies that include the Connecticut Lyric Opera, Michigan Opera Theatre, Cincinnati Opera, Greenville Light Opera, Capitol Opera Raleigh, The Comic Opera Guild of Ann Arbor, and Hartford Opera Theater. Equally at home with concert repertoire, he has made appearances with the Florence Civic Orchestra, Charleston Chamber Orchestra, Flint Symphony Orchestra, and the Detroit Festival Camerata as a featured soloist in various oratorio works that include Saint-Saëns’ Oratorio de Noël, Mozart’s Vesperae solennes de confessore, and Händel’s Messiah. Dr. Gillard regularly presents and appears in guest artist and lecture recitals.

Dr. Gillard holds degrees from Claflin University (B.A. 2012), Michigan State University (M.M. 2014), and the University of Michigan (D.M.A. 2020). Presently he serves as Assistant Professor of Voice and Opera at Claflin University.

Dr. Gillard's Residency is generously sponsored by Susan Candace Hunt.