Australian bass-baritone Derek Welton is now firmly established as a noted interpreter of Wagner. After singing Donner (»Das Rheingold«) for Opera North and Klingsor (»Parsifal«) at the Beijing Music Festival, he made his role début as the Herald in a star-studded production of »Lohengrin« under Christian Thielemann at the Semperoper Dresden in 2016. These successes led to his critically acclaimed débuts at the Bayreuth Festival as Klingsor and in the role of Wotan (»Das Rheingold«) at the Deutsche Oper Berlin. As a soloist at the Deutsche Oper Berlin from 2015 to 2020, Derek Welton amassed a wide repertory of roles, including Klingsor, Der Pförtner (»Das Wunder der Heliane«), Altair (»Die ägyptische Helena«), Peter (»Hänsel und Gretel«), Forester (»The Cunning Little Vixen«), Prus (»The Makropulos Case«), Mr Flint (»Billy Budd«) and Saint-Bris (»Les Huguenots«). He sang the Duke of Albany in the 2017 Salzburg Festival production of Lear under Franz Welser-Möst, a role he reprised at the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino and the Opéra national de Paris. Other important guest engagements have included Pandolfe (»Cendrillon«) at the Lyric Opera of Chicago, Klingsor at the Bavarian State Opera and Orest (»Elektra«) at the Palau de les Arts in Valencia, as well as concert performances of the title role of »Bluebeard’s Castle« at the George Enescu Festival and Pizarro in Act 2 of »Fidelio« with the Hallé Orchestra. Derek Welton has also made a name for himself in the concert hall, performing a wide range of works that extends from Bach’s Passions to Tippett’s »A Child of Our Time« and Martinů’s »Gilgamesh«. He has worked with numerous eminent orchestras and leading conductors and is a graduate of the University of Melbourne and of London’s Guildhall School of Music and Drama. In 2011 he was a participant in the Salzburg Festival’s Young Singers Project.