Derek Welton bass-baritone

A graduate of the University of Melbourne and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, in 2011 native Australian Derek Welton was selected to join the highly prestigious Salzburger Festspiele Young Singers Project which led directly to a number of important international debuts.

In the past few seasons, Derek Welton has debuted at Staatsoper Hamburg as Voland in a new production of Meister und Margarita under Marcus Bosch, at Opéra de Lille as Harasta (The Cunning Little Vixen), at Festspielhaus Baden-Baden in a new production of Faust under Thomas Hengelbrock, and at Osterfestspiele Salzburg as Graf Dominik (Arabella) under Christian Thielemann. For Teatro dell’Opera di Roma he has appeared as Pangloss, Martin and Cacambo (Candide) under Wayne Marshall, as well as Der Pfleger des Orest (Elektra) under Stefan Soltesz, and he joined Glyndebourne on Tour as Figaro (Le nozze di Figaro) under Ilyrich Rivas.

Considered by many as a major Wagnerian voice of the future, Derek Welton made his first foray into this repertoire as Donner (Das Rheingold) under Richard Farnes for Opera North. He subsequently debuted at Osterfestspiele Salzburg as Gralsritter (Parsifal) under Christian Thielemann (released on DVD by Deutsche Grammophon), and performed as both Klingsor and Gralsritter (Parsifal) at the Beijing Music Festival under Gustav Kuhn.

The current season brings a role debut as Kurwenal (Tristan und Isolde) with the Sydney Symphony under David Robertson, a company debut at Sächsische Staatsoper Dresden as Graf Dominik (Arabella) under Christian Thielemann, and with Staatsoper Hamburg he makes his role debut as Escamillo (Carmen) and creates the role of Regolo in the world premiere of Beat Furrer’s La bianca notte under Simone Young.

An accomplished and diverse concert artist, recent highlights have included Messiah with the Hallé under Christian Curnyn and with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra under Paul Agnew, St. John Passion with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment at Theater an der Wien under Stephen Layton and Fauré’s Requiem with the London Symphony Orchestra under Nigel Short. He sang the role of De Brétigny (Manon) with Christoph Altstaedt and the Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg.

Concert highlights for the current season include Messiah with both the Minnesota Orchestra and the Houston Symphony Orchestra under Christopher Warren-Green, performances of Nelson Mass on tour with Britten Sinfonia under Stephen Layton, and Beethoven's Symphony No.9 with the Singapore Symphony Orchestra under Lan Shui.