Derek Welton’s current season debuts include Osterfestspiele Salzburg (Parsifal) under Christian Thielemann and Festspielhaus Baden-Baden (Le nozze di Figaro) under Thomas Hengelbrock. In concert he debuts with the Sønderjyllands Symfoniorkester (Weihnachts-Oratorium) under Stephen Layton, with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra (Messiah) under Paul Agnew, and with Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg as De Brétigny in a concert performance of Manon conducted by Christoph Altstaedt.
Since completing his opera studies at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, Derek Welton has appeared with Teatro dell’Opera di Roma as Pangloss, Martin and Cacambo (Candide) under Wayne Marshall and as Der Pfleger des Orest (Elektra) under Stefan Soltesz. He made his debut with Opera North in Das Rheingold under Richard Farnes, with Pinchgut Opera in L’amina del filosofo and was a member of the 2011 Salzburg Festival Young Singers Project.
"As Figaro, Derek Welton showed he is the possessor of a major voice—a bass-baritone of easy power and robust, pleasing timbre." (Hugo Shirley, Opera, January 2013)
"Derek Welton, whose manly, oaken baritone is sensitively offset by Iain Burnside’s superbly supportive accompaniments. The twelve apostles and The truth sent from above are particular highlights of this disc, but every track has something to offer. Highly recommended" (5* - BBC Music Magazine, December 2011)
"Welton is an excellent singer, his vibrant baritone perfect for the swaggering nature of some of the songs, while he can scale down tenderly for others" (International Record Review, December 2011)
“When Welton thundered ‘I will shake the heavens and the earth’, he did pretty much that: every aria he sang had an easy, unforced majesty.” (The Independent, December 2010)
“As Eurydice’s father Creon, smoky toned bass-baritone Derek Welton sang with alluring warmth and resounding power.” (The Australian, December 2010)