Discography


Martinů The Epic of Gilgamesh Bohuslav Martinů (1890-1959)
The Epic of Gilgamesh

Lucy Crowe, soprano
Andrew Staples, tenor
Derek Welton, baritone
Jan Martiník, bass
Simon Callow, narrator

Czech Philharmonic Orchestra
Prague Philharmonic Choir
Manfred Honeck, conductor

Supraphon CD SU 4225-2
Released 20 October 2017

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Reviews
‘Baritone brilliance: Derek Welton gives a standout turn singing Martinů’
‘Best of all, Derek Welton in Gilgamesh’s questioning of his friend Enkidu’s spirit’ (BBC Music Magazine, January 2018)

‘The soloists—especially Lucy Crowe’s radiant soprano and Derek Welton’s youthful “Wagnerian” bass—are excellent’. (The Sunday Times, 26 November 2017)

‘Of the soloists, Derek Welton makes most impact’. (Gramophone, December 2017)

‘Every word is clear, too, thanks to a fine quartet of soloists, headed by baritone Derek Welton’. (Financial Times, 29 December 2017)



Wagner Lohengrin Richard Wagner (1813-1883)
Lohengrin WWV 75

Heinrich der Vogler: Georg Zeppenfeld
Lohengrin: Piotr Beczała
Elsa von Brabant: Anna Netrebko
Friedrich von Telramund: Tomasz Konieczny
Ortrud: Evelyn Herlitzius
Heerrufer des Königs: Derek Welton
Brabantische Edle: Tom Martinsen, Simeon Esper, Matthias Henneberg, Tilmann Rönnebeck

Semperoper Dresden
Sächsische Staatskapelle Dresden
Sächsischer Staatsopernchor Dresden

Christian Thielemann, conductor
Christine Mielitz, director

Deutsche Grammophon
DVD 0440 073 5319 6
Bluray 0440 073 5322 6
Ultra HD Bluray 0440 073 5373 8
Released 7 July 2017

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Reviews
‘Derek Welton’s well-sung Herald.’ (The Times, 14 July 2017)

‘We are spoiled with the valiant Derek Welton (Herald)’. (Anaclase, August 2017)

‘The role of the Herald is very difficult despite being short, and Welton carries it out with honours.’ (Mundo Clasico, 7 December 2017)



Strauss Arabella Richard Strauss (1864-1949)
Arabella TrV 263, Op 79

Arabella: Renée Fleming
Zdenka: Hanna-Elisabeth Müller
Graf Waldner: Albert Dohmen
Adelaide: Gabriela Beňačková
Mandryka: Thomas Hampson
Matteo: Daniel Behle
Graf Elemer: Benjamin Bruns
Graf Dominik: Derek Welton
Graf Lamoral: Steven Humes
Fiakermilli: Daniela Fally
Kartenaufschlägerin: Jane Henschel

Osterfestspiele Salzburg
Sächsische Staatskapelle Dresden
Sächsischer Staatsopernchor Dresden

Christian Thielemann, conductor
Florentine Klepper, director

C Major Entertainment
DVD 717208
Bluray 717304
Released 1 September 2014

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Wagner Parsifal Richard Wagner (1813-1883)
Parsifal WWV 111

Amfortas/Klingsor: Wolfgang Koch
Titurel: Milcho Borovinov
Gurnemanz: Stephen Milling
Parsifal: Johan Botha
Kundry: Michaela Schuster
Blumenmädchen: Eva Liebau, Annika Sophie Ritlewski, Theresa Holzhauser, Bele Kumberger, Chiara Skerath, Carolin Neukamm
Gralsritter: Thomas Ebenstein, Derek Welton
Knappen: Annika Sophie Ritlewski, Carolin Neukamm, Mauro Peter, Attilio Glaser
Stimme aus der Höhe: Rachel Frenkel

Osterfestspiele Salzburg
Sächsische Staatskapelle Dresden
Sächsischer Staatsopernchor Dresden
Chor der Bayerischen Staatsoper
Salzburger Festspiele Kinderchor

Christian Thielemann, conductor
Michael Schulz, director

Deutsche Grammophon
DVD 0440 073 4939 7 2
Bluray 0440 073 5036 2
Released 24 July 2013

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On Christmas Day On Christmas Day
Folk-carols and folk-songs
arranged by
Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872-1958)

Comprising: Eight Traditional English Carols
Twelve Traditional Carols from Herefordshire
Six English Folk Songs


Derek Welton, baritone
Iain Burnside, piano

Albion Records ALBCD013
Released 26 September 2011

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Reviews
‘The soloist is the young Australian Derek Welton, whose manly, oaken baritone is sensitively offset by Iain Burnside’s superbly supportive accompaniments.’ (BBC Music Magazine, Christmas 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)

‘Derek Welton has a rich yet flexible voice. It sounds effortless and I could listen to him all day.’ (Presto Classical, 5 December 2011)

‘Welton’s diction is so clear that I found it unnecessary to refer to the words. … It is refreshing to hear a singer who does not strain and these songs are a showcase for the enormous range of vocal colour and the faultless sense of rhythm at his disposal. He is not afraid to act with his voice and his ability to express humour, intimacy and nobility with feeling that is genuine, marks him in my mind, as an interpreter of art song who deserves encouragement and further opportunities to perform and record in this genre.’ (British Music Society News, December 2011)

‘Attractively performed by the Australian baritone Derek Welton and the pianist Iain Burnside, the programme makes for an evocative vista of bygone Christmas times.’ (The Daily Telegraph, 9 December 2011)

‘Welton’s crisp, masculine baritone and crystal clear diction give us a beatiful set of songs full of ancient poetry and elegance’
(Jyllands-Posten, 19 December 2011)



Haydn L’anima del filosofo Franz Josef Haydn (1732-1809)
L’anima del filosofo, ossia Orfeo ed Euridice Hob 28/13

Orfeo: Andrew Goodwin
Euridice/Genio: Elena Xanthoudakis
Creonte: Derek Welton

Pinchgut Opera
Cantillation
Orchestra of the Antipodes
Erin Helyard, fortepiano
Antony Walker, conductor

Pinchgut LIVE PG001
Released 24 August 2011

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Reviews
‘Vocally the prime attractions are Greek-Australian soprano Elena Xanthoudakis … and baritone Derek Welton … [who] musters a fine, ringing sonority for his ‘vengeance’ aria.’ (Gramophone, February 2012)

‘Derek Welton offers fine support as her father, Creonte; his vengeance aria is particularly effective.’ (Limelight Magazine, December 2011)