Australian baritone Derek Welton is a graduate of the University of Melbourne (BA Linguistics and German) and of the Guildhall School of Music and Drama (MMus, MMusPerf). He continues in 2009–10 as a Guildhall Artist Fellow under the tutelage of Janice Chapman.
Operatic roles Derek has performed include Silvano (Cavalli La Calisto), Vertigo (Gluck La rencontre imprévue), Mozart’s Figaro, Count Almaviva, Don Giovanni, Masetto, Guglielmo, Papageno and Speaker, Mill (Rossini La cambiale di matrimonio), Salieri’s Falstaff, Prince/King (Sallinen The King goes forth to France) and Nick Shadow (Stravinsky The Rake’s Progress), in which role he was described as ‘a complete artist…one of those performers you can’t take your eyes off when he is onstage’ (Spectator) and ‘a young singer of exceptional presence’ (Opera).
He is currently involved in The Opera Group’s production of Dove The Enchanted Pig (Linbury Theatre as well as US and UK tour) and forthcoming roles include Farfarello (and cover Pantalon) in Prokofiev L’amour des trois oranges and Bonzo in Puccini Madama Butterfly (Grange Park Opera, June–July 2010).
Derek’s numerous competition wins include the Handel Singing Competition (UK), the Australian Youth Aria, and the Geelong Aria. He has been runner-up in the Herald Sun Aria, twice a finalist the Kathleen Ferrier Awards and a finalist in the Richard Tauber Prize. He gratefully acknowledges the support of a Wingate Scholarship.
A sought-after concert artist, Derek’s concert repertoire includes performances as soloist at venues including the Barbican, Bridgewater Hall, Wigmore Hall and the Royal Albert Hall in the majority of the commonly performed choral repertoire as well as a diverse range of song repertoire. Forthcoming solo performances include Mendelssohn Elijah with the Dundee Choral Union and Beethoven Mass in C with the Oxford Bach Choir and London Philharmonic Orchestra.
For more information about Derek, visit his website.
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