Darrell is certainly no stranger to the concert stage here in Prescott as well as the world. The musical world first encountered him as an apprentice operatic tenor with the Santa Fe Opera, after which he proceeded to score successes in more than 25 operatic roles in 7 languages. His North American engagements included solo appearances with the St. Louis, Chicago, Toledo, San Jose, Phoenix, Green Bay, Musica Nova, Tulsa and Buffalo symphony orchestras.
Operatic solo appearances were with Lincoln Opera, Springfield Opera, The Lithuanian Opera, Light Opera Works, Arizona Opera, and Spoleto Festival, USA. Signature roles included Don Jose, Faust, Orpheus, Luigi, Pinkerton, Don Carlo, among others. Mr. Rowader will soon be transitioning to dramatic baritone to include roles like Valentine, Scarpia, and Rodrigo. Recent performances as baritone have been Judge Turpin in Sweeney Todd, Peter in Hansel and Gretel and baritone soloist in Ein Deutches Requiem. His performances with Prescott Center for the Arts have included JeanValjean in their recent performances of “Les Miserables”.
European engagements were with the Oxford Orchestra in Oxford and Cheltenham, England, the Academie de I’lle Saint Louis Orchestra La Madaleine in Paris, France; as well as solo performances in Vienna, Austria; Naples, Florence, Rome, Venice, Italy; St. Petersburg, Russia and throughout Ireland and Wales. Most recently, Darrell conducted and performed as soloist at “The Salute to Valor” performances in France, commemorating the 70th anniversary of the D-Day Invasion, last June, 2014.
When one considers the world stage, one need look no further than the great Carnegie Hall, New York where Darrell debuted in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Requiem. Further West, he was featured in WFMT-Chicago’s Beethoven Satellite Network in syndicated broadcasts of Teleman’s Der Tag Gerichts, Purcell’s King Arthur, and Monteverdi’s Vespers of the Blessed Virgin (1610).
Another aspect of his career, conducting, includes a long list of triumphs. For 9 years, he was music director of the Phoenix choral society Cantemus, where he conducted and recorded the following: Mozart’s Requiem, Haydn’s Creation, Rossini’s Stabat Mater and Bruckner’s Te Deum. He has also been guest conductor of the Arizona State University Choral Union’s performances of “Opera Nights.” Mr. Rowader was selected to conduct the 9-11 commemorative performance of James Demars’ American Requiem with the Memorial Chorus and Symphony at the Scottsdale Center for the Arts in 2004. Darrell is an associate conductor of the Prescott Pops Symphony and founder and director of the Prescott Pops Symphony Chorus. Mr. Rowader is currently teaching music, drama and band at Bradshaw Mountain Middle School in Dewey, AZ.