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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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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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

CDs and MP3s available from:
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‘This excellent CD assembles 20 of Vaughan Williams’s own carol arrangements, with six folk songs thrown in for good measure. The soloist is the young Australian 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’
Performance ★★★★★
Recording ★★★★★
(Terry Blain, 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)

‘First up a new disc from the young Australian baritone Derek Welton of Vaughan Williams carol settings. The composer had a lifelong fascination with carols and spent much of his life transcribing and preserving them in the same way he did with folk songs in order to stop the oral traditions from becoming extinct. This disc contains twenty of Vaughan Williams’ own carol arrangements, with six folk songs also included. Derek Welton has a rich yet flexible voice. It sounds effortless and I could listen to him all day. He is sensitively accompanied by Iain Burnside, and the recording is vibrant and well balanced.’
(Presto Classical, 5 December 2011)

‘Welton’s diction is so clear that I found it unnecessary to refer to the words. This disc is worth buying if just to hear Welton and Burnside’s rendition of One Man, Two Men and Rolling in the Dew from the Six English Folk-Songs. 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.’
(Wendy Hiscocks, British Music Society News, December 2011. Reprinted with permission.)

‘Attractively performed by the Australian baritone Derek Welton and the pianist Iain Burnside, the programme makes for an evocative vista of bygone Christmas times.’
(Geoffrey Norris, 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’ (Translated from Danish: ‘Weltons sprøde macho-baryton og krystalklare diktion giver os en skøn stak sange fulde af ældgammel poesi og 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
Orchestra of the Antipodes
Erin Helyard, fortepiano
Antony Walker, conductor

Pinchgut LIVE PG001
Recorded December 2010, City Recital Hall, Angel Place, Sydney, Australia
Released 24 August 2011

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‘Vocally the prime attractions are Greek-Australian soprano Elena Xanthoudakis … and baritone Derek Welton … With his mellow baritone and graceful phrasing, Welton makes Creonte more sympathetic than the dark-toned Ildebrando d’Arcangelo for Hogwood, though he musters a fine, ringing sonority for his ‘vengeance’ aria that closes Act 2.’
(Richard Wigmore, Gramophone, February 2012)

‘Antony Walker and the excellent Orchestra of the Antipodes give the best reading of the score since Doráti … Derek Welton offers fine support as her father, Creonte; his vengeance aria is particularly effective.’
(Clive Paget, Limelight Magazine, December 2011)