Hailed as a major Wagnerian voice of the future, Australian Derek Welton made his first foray into the repertoire as Donner (Das Rheingold) under Richard Farnes at Opera North. He subsequently appeared as Klingsor at the Beijing Music Festival under Gustav Kuhn, and made his debut as den Heerrufer (Lohengrin) in an all-star cast at Semperoper Dresden conducted by Christian Thielemann. Welton debuted at the 2017 Bayreuther Festspiele as Klingsor under Hartmut Haenchen, shortly after his acclaimed first performances as Wotan (Das Rheingold) at Deutsche Oper Berlin conducted by Donald Runnicles.
Welton is currently a member of the Ensemble of Deutsche Opera Berlin where he has recently debuted a number of roles including Baron Jaroslav Prus (Věc Makropulos), Altair (Die ägyptische Helena), Forester (The Cunning Little Vixen), Saint-Bris (Les Huguenots) and Mr Flint (Billy Budd). Other recent appearances include Harašta (The Cunning Little Vixen) at Opéra de Lille, Voland in Der Meister und Margarita, and Escamillo (Carmen) at Staatsoper Hamburg where he also created the role of Regolo in the world premiere of Beat Furrer’s La bianca notte under Simone Young. He returned to both Osterfestspiele Salzburg and Semperoper Dresden as Graf Dominik (Arabella) and made his debut at the 2017 Salzburger Festspiele under Franz Welser-Möst as Herzog von Albany in Aribert Reimann’s Lear.
An accomplished concert performer, recent highlights have included The Epic of Gilgamesh with the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra under Manfred Honeck, A Child of Our Time with the Gewandhausorchester under Stefan Asbury, St Matthew Passion with the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra under Pablo Heras-Casado, St John Passion with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment at Theater an der Wien under Stephen Layton, Glagolitic Mass with the National Orchestra of Spain under Xian Zhang and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 with the Singapore Symphony Orchestra under Lan Shui. Welton has performed Messiah with the Hallé under Christian Curnyn, with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra under Paul Agnew as well as with the Minnesota Orchestra under Christopher Warren-Green.
Current season highlights include new productions of both Meyerbeer’s Le prophète under Enrique Mazzola and Korngold’s Der Wunder der Heliane under Marc Albrecht at Deutsche Oper Berlin, he joins the Boston Philharmonic Orchestra for The Dream of Gerontius while next season sees his company debut with Lyric Opera of Chicago as Pandolfe (Cendrillon) under Francesco Milioto and Sir Andrew Davis.
Welton is a graduate of both the University of Melbourne and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, and a former member of the Salzburger Festspiele Young Singers Project.
Engagements in Bayreuth