The Razz: DARIUS: I DID ARIAS; Star Reveals His Childhood Role in Opera

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The Razz: DARIUS: I DID ARIAS; Star Reveals His Childhood Role in Opera


Byline: BEVERLEY LYONS AND CATH BENNETT

SCOTS star Darius could have been Scotland's answer to Pavarotti after singing with the Scottish Opera.

The smooth crooner toured with the company as a child and was offered the chance to become a professional.

But the 25-year-old decided to go more mainstream - and stay rather more shapely - and enter Popstars rather than pursue a stage career.

Ironically, he's now working on the stage, starring in the hit musical Chicago in London's west end.

The singer said: "I had a crossroads to face. I was asked if I wanted to be trained as a serious opera singer.

"Instead I chose to go into a rock band and go to university to study English Literature."

Darius first joined Scottish Opera in 1990, when he was one of a dozen child actors appearing in The Trojans.

He toured throughout Scotland and the north of England, before finishing his run at The Royal Opera House in Covent Garden.

Darius said: "I have never spoken about this before. I played a peasant boy. I must have done okay because I was asked back, when my voice broke, to tour in Carmen."

In his second opera Darius, then 11, was one of a number of children who sang in the crowd scenes. Now, almost 15 years later, Darius has made his return to the stage as the youngest ever actor to play Billy Flynn in Chicago.

He said: "Traditionally, I have the voice of a baritone. I started out on the London stage and now I am here again. …

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