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Bass-Baritone

Derek Welton

"this prodigiously gifted young singer clearly is on the way to becoming a major international star"
- MusicOMH

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Upcoming Past
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Biography Highlights

 
 

Upcoming

The title role of Elijah at Opéra de Lyon, The Duke of Albany Lear at Teatro Real Madrid, Wotan Die Walküre with Deutsche Oper Berlin and with Concerto Köln, Amfortas in the new production of Parsifal with the Bayreuther Festspiele, Verdi Requiem with Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, Pulcinella with Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Wagner concert with Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Créon Œdipus Rex with Münchner Philharmoniker, Amfortas Parsifal at the Grafenegg Festivaland bass in Mahler Symphony No 8 with the West Australian Symphony Orchestra.
 

 
 

Recent

Regular guest at companies such as the Royal Opera House, Salzburg Festival, Wiener Staatsoper, Bayreuther Festspiele, Bayerische Staatsoper, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Semperoper Dresden, Staatsoper Hamburg, Opéra National de Paris, Bolshoi Theatre, Dutch National Opera and Lyric Opera of Chicago, in roles such as Wotan Das Rheingold, Wanderer Siegfried, Amfortas and Klingsor Parsifal, König Marke Tristan und Isolde, Heerrufer des Königs Lohengrin, Orest Elektra, Altair Die ägyptische Helena, Vater Hänsel und Gretel, Herzog von Albany Lear, Voland Der Meister und Margarita, Bluebeard Bluebeard’s Castle, Pizarro Fidelio, Forester The Cunning Little Vixen, Prus The Makropulos Case, Saint-Bris Les Huguenots, Pandolfe Cendrillon, Figaro Le nozze di Figaro.

 
 

Concerts

On the concert platform, Welton has performed with many prestigious orchestras including London Symphony Orchestra, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Academy of Ancient Music, Hallé Orchestra, Czech Philharmonic, Rotterdam Philharmonic, Berlin Philharmonic, Gewandhausorchester Leipzig and Concerto Köln in repertoire including Bach’s St Matthew PassionSt John Passion and Mass in B minor, Handel’s Messiah, Haydn’s Creation, Beethoven’s Symphony No 9, Mendelssohn’s Elijah and Tippett’s A Child of our Time.

 
 

Portraits

Derek Welton,  Bass-Baritone
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Korngold - Das Wunder der Heliane Der Pförtner

Korngold - Das Wunder der Heliane Der Pförtner

Wagner - Das Rheingold - Abendlich strahlt der Sonne Auge (Wotan)

Wagner - Das Rheingold - Abendlich strahlt der Sonne Auge (Wotan)

Derek Welton - Handel - Messiah - The people that walked in darkness

Derek Welton - Handel - Messiah - The people that walked in darkness

 

Reviews & Press

 
 

Wagner - Parsifal - Amfortas

Derek Welton is a tender, vulnerable Amfortas
 

- Neil Fisher , The Times

Derek Welton was a superb Amfortas
 

- Mark Ronan , The Article

Derek Welton demonstrates great class as Amfortas: a deathly ill king with a wonderfully healthy voice.
 

- Bernhard Neuhoff , BR Klassik

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Wiener Staatsoper - Strauss - Elektra - Orest

Derek Welton sang the role of Orest in the celebrated Elektra production at the Salzburg Festival and once again performs very successfully, confident, very present and convincing, with clear diction.
 

- Helmut Pitsch , Opera Online

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Derek Welton was an Orest of extraordinarily beautiful singing and, on top of that, extremely clear diction. His technique allows him even with his entrance, “Ich muss hier warten…”, to project the precarious bass notes over the orchestra in a well-carrying piano.
 

- Karl Masek , Online Merker

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Deutsche Oper Berlin - Wagner - Das Rheingold - Wotan

Derek Welton has found his star role in the somewhat higher-lying part of the Rheingold Wotan. With declamatory brilliance together with confident vocal production and cultivated articulation, he portrayed this complex figure in all his multidimensionality.
 

- Philipp Richter , Das Opernmagazin

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Royal Opera House - Wagner - Lohengrin - Herald

Australian bass-baritone Derek Welton made an auspicious house debut as the Herald – a Wotan and Klingsor in Berlin, he used his rich, expressive voice to telling effect, turning this relatively small role into a major one, commanding attention whenever he appeared on stage. On the basis of this showing, he's richly deserved an invitation to return
 

- Keith McDonnell , Music OMH

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Derek Welton made for an uncommonly vivid Herald, hinting intriguingly at psychological complications from a wartime past.
 

- Mark Berry , Opera Today

Australian-born Derek Welton was striking as the Herald, a classy bass-baritone with plenty of dramatic charisma.
 

- Clive Paget , Musical America

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Opera North - Wagner - Parsifal - Klingsor

Australian bass-baritone Derek Welton has sung the role of Klingsor many times before, most notably in Bayreuth and in Berlin, and it showed. Not only was he thoroughly inside the character, but his singing was effortlessly produced. In a role that is so often ‘barked’ it was an unalloyed delight to hear it actually sung, and sung so well. I can’t think of a better interpreter of the role today — and he's certainly the best since Donald McIntyre sang it in the late ’60s. Having also sung Wotan (Das Rheingold) in Berlin, this prodigiously gifted young singer clearly is on the way to becoming a major international star.
 

- Keith McDonnell , Music OMH

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Derek Welton’s Klingsor proved another vocal highlight. His steely baritone made light work of Wagner’s dramatic Act two orchestration. His voice has a commanding – one might even say enchanting – fullness and heft that established his status and authority in this relatively spare staging, not least during a thrilling summoning of Kundry at the top of Act two.
 

- Benjamin Poore , OperaWire

Opéra national du Rhin - Schreker - Der Schatzgräber - King

With pleasure we rediscover the excellent Derek Welton, a young bass-baritone of generous projection who endows the King with an indisputable presence
 

- Bertrand Bolognesi , Anaclase

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An almost perfect cast, with the superb King of Derek Welton
 

- Didier van Moere , Díapason

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A great performance by Derek Welton, whose full and sonorous instrument perfectly suits the status of this King, unable to understand what is really at stake.
 

- David Verdier , Wanderer

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Opéra de Lyon - Bernstein - Candide - Pangloss

Derek Welton sings the role of Pangloss in a deep, ebony-sounding voice.
 

- Damien Dutilleul , Olyrix

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Derek Welton sings the arias of Pangloss with a sumptuous legato
 

- Emmanuel Dupuy , Díapason

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Orchestre National de Lille - Wagner - Walküre

The voice of Derek Welton then fills the space for a splendid moment
 

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It is Derek Welton, already heard in several Wagnerian roles in which he attracted positive attention, who makes his entrance onto the stage of the vast Lille auditorium to portray “Wotan’s Farewell”. Endowed with a magnificently dark and superbly steely tone, the Australian bass-baritone draws tears in the Wanderer’s farewell to his daughter Brünnhilde, which he concludes with a whisper, “Thus he takes away your divinity with a kiss!
 

- Emmanuel Andrieu , ConcertoNet.com

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Orquesta de Extremadura - Wagner - Parsifal

Australian bass Derek Welton took on the roles of Klingsor and Amfortas, and in addition to a luminous and resounding instrument, of indisputable authority, he demonstrated extraordinary expressive versatility, with a theatrical intensity that made any other stage device unnecessary.
 

- José María Marco , Opera Actual

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Derek Welton filled the entire room with the forcefulness and power of his voice in his double role of Amfortas and Klingsor. As the first character, in the first act, he combined the clarity of his luminous voice with the depth of his middle and low registers. But the most important thing was a masterful interpretation of all the psychological complexity of Amfortas, of the endlessness of his physical and spiritual pain, launching an “Erbarmen” that, due to his truly moving tones, made us participants in the anguish that invades him. And as Klingsor, he summoned up more dramatic tones, with an overwhelming sound and authentic evil in the way he said each sentence.
 

- Andrés Moreno Mengíbar , Scherzo

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