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BIOGRAPHY

Derek Welton

Australian bass-baritone Derek Welton has made a name for himself in recent years not least as a major Wagnerian voice of the future. To date his Wagner roles have included Donner (Das Rheingold) under Richard Farnes for Opera North, Klingsor (Parsifal) under Gustav Kuhn at the Beijing Music Festival and the Herald (Lohengrin) under Christian Thielemann at the Dresden Semperoper. He is currently a member of the Deutsche Oper Berlin, and it was here that he sang his first Wotan in Das Rheingold under Donald Runnicles during 2016/17. He has also been heard in Berlin as Klingsor and the Herald.

Derek Welton has made several important house debuts in recent seasons, including Count Dominik (Arabella) at the Dresden Semperoper, Harašta (The Cunning Little Vixen) at the Opéra de Lille and Voland in York Höller’s Der Meister und Margarita at the Hamburg State Opera. Also in Hamburg he sang his first Escamillo (Carmen) and Regolo in the world premiere of Beat Furrer’s La bianca notte. He returned to the Salzburg Easter Festival in 2014 as Count Dominik. Guest engagements have taken him to the Rome Opera for Candide and Elektra and to Glyndebourne Touring Opera for Mozart’s Figaro. Derek Welton has made a number of role debuts at the Deutsche Oper, including Jaroslav Prus (The Makropulos Case), Altair (Die ägyptische Helena), Peter (Hänsel und Gretel), Saint-Bris (Les Huguenots) and Mr Flint (Billy Budd).

As a concert artist Derek Welton has recently performed with the Rotterdam Philharmonic under Pablo Heras-Casado, the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and the Britten Sinfonia under Stephen Layton, the Academy of Ancient Music under Richard Egarr, the Spanish National Orchestra under Xian Zhang, the London Symphony Orchestra under Nigel Short, the Hallé Orchestra under Christian Curnyn, the Royal Scottish National Orchestra under Paul Agnew, the Czech Philharmonic under Manfred Honeck and the Leipzig Gewand-haus Orchestra under Stefan Asbury.

Derek Welton is a graduate of both the University of Melbourne and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London. As a member of the Salzburg Festival Young Singers Project he made his Festival debut in 2011 in concert performances of Stravinsky’s Le Rossignol.

Current as of August 2017

Derek Welton, © Simon Pauly

Derek Welton, © Simon Pauly

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