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Darrius Morton is an African-American operatic tenor originally from Clyde, Ohio. Mr. Morton was named a semi-finalist in the student division of the 2021 Camerata Bardi International Vocal Competition hosted by Teatro Grattacielo. 

In May 2022, he sang as Tenor soloist in Carmina Burana to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Marquette Choral Society, founded by William Dehning. Mr. Morton was also a featured soloist, celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Marquette Choral Society. 

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In the 2023-2024 season, Darrius Morton was a featured recitalist at St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Marquette, Michigan where he gave an hour long Liederabend recital with pieces by Hugo Wold, Franz Schubert, Beethoven and Strauss. In December 2023 he made his debut singing with the Marquette Symphony Orchestra and returned to sing as a tenor soloist with the Marquette Choral Society for their December concert.


In the 2020-2021 season, Mr. Morton was a Young Artist at Des Moines Metro Opera and inaugural vocal fellow at Lakes Area Music Festival where he covered roles and sang choruses. Mr. Morton made his Orchestra Hall debut in Minneapolis as the tenor soloist in Adolphus Hailstork’s cantata I Will Lift Up Mine Eyes. Mr. Morton made his debut as Rodolfo in La Bohème with Theatre Latté Da before having the shows postponed due to ongoing the Covid-19 pandemic. 


Darrius’ 2019-2020 season began with him returning to St. Olaf College for the final year of his undergraduate degree in Vocal Performance. During his senior year, Darrius became the youngest African-American to sing the role of Evangelist in J.S. Bach’s Johannespassion BWV 245, at the age of 22. On the concert stage, Mr. Morton appeared with the Rochester Symphony Orchestra as tenor soloist in Messiah. In addition to this, Mr. Morton sang as Giuseppe in his first role debut with the Minnesota Opera. Mr. Morton was shuttled from his final performance of La Traviata to the airport to attend the Young Artists’ Vocal Academy at the Houston Grand Opera.


Mr. Morton resides in Marquette, Michigan with his wife, son and their pets. In his free time, he enjoys baking sourdough bread and fly fishing the beautiful lakes and rivers in the Upper Peninsula. Mr. Morton studies organ and teaches voice privately in the community.  Without the help of too many to name, these accomplishments would have been impossible. Thanking the individuals who have supported these formative years of Mr. Morton’s career never for a day leaves his mind. 

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