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Taylor was born in Los Angeles, CA and trained at the Academy of Vocal         
Arts (AVA), where he garnered rave reviews as Rodolfo in their 2005           
production of La Boheme.  "AVA seems to have found the key to producing       
excellent young tenors...It was Derek Taylor’s turn Sunday night as         
Rodolfo...Blessed with remarkable good looks, Taylor also possesses a         
naturally beautiful timbre that’s clear and unforced, a sure feel for the   
dramatic arch of the vocal line, excellent Italian diction and a focused       
dramatic flair that projects the essence of the role without fuss or           
Mr. Taylor's 06-07 season began with the american premiere of the Thomas       
Ades' Tempest as Antonio with Santa Fe Opera, followed by Pinkerton in         
Madama Butterfly with both Grand Rapids Opera, and Austin Lyric Opera         
followed by Gala d'Opera with the Opera de Montreal. Mr. Taylor will make     
his  Los Angeles Opera debut in the role of Toby Higgins in The Rise and       
Fall of the City of Mahagonny in early 2007, followed by the tenor soloist     
in Rossini's Petite Messe Solennele with the Southeastern Festival after       
which he will conclude his season as  Michele in The Saint of Bleecker         
Street with Central City Opera, directed by Catherine Malfitano.               
In Mr. Taylor's 2007-08 season,  Mr. Taylor makes his european debut as       
Edgardo in Lucia di Lammermoor with Oper St. Gallen, a return to  Rodolfo     
in La Boheme with Boston Lyric Opera, as well as Phoenix Metropolitan         
Opera, a return to Los Angeles Opera as Cassio in Otello  conducted by         
Maestro James Conlon, Martin in The Tender Land with Charleston Symphony,     
Alfredo in La Traviata with Green Mountain Summer Festival, and concludes     
his year as Henrik Eggerman in A Little Night Music with Hawaii Opera         
2008-09 brings Mr. Taylor to Oper St. Gallen for Alfredo in La Traviata,       
and Camille in Die Lustige Witwe, and a return to Rodolfo in La Boheme         
with Opera Theatre of St. Louis                                               
Looking ahead to future seasons , Mr. Taylor will return to Rodolfo in La     
Boheme. and a role debut as Steva in Jenufa, both for Virginia Opera.         
Mr. Taylor’s 2005-06 season began with performances as Rodolfo in La         
Boheme for El Paso Opera and for Manitoba Opera. Mr. Taylor’s season         
concludes with his debut as Tamino in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte for Palm     
Beach Opera, followed by additional performances of Rodolfo for Baltimore     
During his 2004-05 season, Mr. Taylor made his debut with Opera Illinois       
as Alfredo in La Traviata. The 2003-04 season included performances of the     
role of Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly with Des Moines Metro Opera, Opera       
New Hampshire, and Di Capo Opera Theatre, the title role in Les Contes         
D’Hoffmann with the International Vocal Arts Institute in Israel, Normanno   
in Lucia di Lammermoor with Portland Opera, and the role Accuser in the       
world premiere of Bright Sheng’s Madame Mao with the Santa Fe Opera. Other   
roles have included the title role in Gounod’s Faust, Arturo in Lucia di     
Lammermoor, Tamino in Die Zauberflöte, and Almaviva in Il Barbiere di         
Siviglia, all with the Academy of Vocal Arts. Mr. Taylor has also             
performed the role of Alfred in Die Fledermaus, the Italian Singer in Der     
Rosenkavalier, and Don Ottavio in Don Giovanni. On the concert stage, Mr.     
Taylor has sung excerpts from Carmen and La Boheme in A Night at the Opera     
with Maestro Paul Nadler and the Southwest Florida Symphony Orchestra.         
Also during the 2003-04 season, he appeared as a featured soloist with the     
New Israeli Philharmonic, Connecticut Symphony, and the Philadelphia           
Chamber Orchestra, and Peter Nero and the Philadelphia Pops. He has been       
the tenor soloist in such works as Vaughn Williams Hodie with the Bermuda     
Philharmonic, Mozart’s Requiem and Beethoven’s Mass in C, both with the   
CalArts Symphony, and most recently, in Beethoven’s 9th Symphony, with the   
American Symphony Orchestra in Los Angeles. He was also a featured artist     
in the Licia Albanese-Puccini Foundation 30th Anniversary Concert at Alice     
Tully Hall.                                                                   
During the 2004-2005 season, Mr. Taylor won high praise on the competition     
circuit. He was the First Prize Winner of the 2004 Liederkranz Competition     
and a Major Award Winner of the 2004 Opera Index Competition, was most         
recently awarded Third Prize in 2005 Licia Albanese-Puccini Foundation         
International Voice Competition and won Second Prize in the Florida Grand     
Opera Competition. He is also the recipient of awards from the                 
Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions (Regional Finalist), George     
London Music Foundation (Encouragement Grant Winner), Alta/Mura Caruso         
Foundation (Winner), and the Sergio Franchi Music Foundation (Winner).