The Australian-born bass-baritone Derek Welton is already considered one of the most promising Wagnerian singers of the younger generation. Successes in his role débuts as Klingsor in Parsifal at the Beijing Music Festival and as the Herald in Lohengrin at the Semperoper Dresden led to his critically acclaimed débuts, first as Wotan in Das Rheingold at the Deutsche Oper Berlin and in his début at the 2017 Bayreuth Festival as Klingsor, a role which he has sung at the Bavarian State Opera, the Deutsche Oper Berlin and Victorian Opera (Australia).
As a soloist at the Deutsche Oper Berlin since 2015, Derek Welton has sung roles including Prus in The Makropulos Case, Saint-Bris in The Huguenots, Der Pförtner in Das Wunder der Heliane, Peter Besenbinder in Hänsel und Gretel and Mr Flint in Billy Budd. Guest engagements have included Pandolfe in Cendrillon at the Lyric Opera of Chicago, Albany in Lear at the Salzburg Festival and at the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, Voland in York Höller’s Der Meister und Margarita and Escamillo in Carmen, both at the Hamburg State Opera, Pangloss in Candide at the Teatro dell’Opera di Roma and Mozart’s Figaro at Glyndebourne.
An accomplished and diverse concert artist, Welton has performed across Europe, North America, Asia and Australasia in many choral and orchestral works as well as a diverse range of song repertoire. Recent highlights have included Martinů’s The Epic of Gilgamesh with the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, A Child of our Time with the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, the St Matthew Passion with the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra and Bruckner’s Mass in F minor at the BBC Proms.
Derek remains a soloist at the Deutsche Oper Berlin for the 2019/2020 season, where highlights will include Wotan in the new production of Das Rheingold, directed by Stefan Herheim, as well as repetitions of his performances as Klingsor, Peter Besenbinder, Saint-Bris and Zacharie. He will also make his role début as Orest in Elektra at the Palau de les Arts in Valencia and will perform the title role of Bluebeard’s Castle at the George Enescu Festival.
Derek Welton’s discography includes performances in the title role of Martinů’s The Epic of Gilgamesh (Supraphon Records), as Der Pförtner in Das Wunder der Heliane (Naxos), the Herald in Lohengrin (Deutsche Grammophon), Creonte in Haydn’s L’anima del filosofo (Pinchgut Live), soloist in Beethoven’s Symphony No 9 (Brattle Media), as well as a solo CD of Vaughan Williams songs with Iain Burnside for Albion Records.
Welton holds degrees in Linguistics and German from the University of Melbourne and Music from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama.
Engagements in Bayreuth