Derek Welton, bass-baritone

Derek Welton

Derek Welton
© Simon Pauly
Derek Welton
© Simon Pauly
Derek Welton
© Simon Pauly


The Australian-born bass-baritone Derek Welton has established himself as a respected and versatile artist both on the concert platform and the opera stage, with a repertoire ranging from Bach and Handel to the present day.


Derek’s engagements for the 2023/2024 season include a return to the Opéra de Lyon in the title role of a staged version of Mendelssohn’s Elijah and his role début as Wotan in Die Walküre at the Deutsche Oper Berlin and with Concerto Köln, as well as Stravinsky’s Pulcinella with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Stravinsky’s Œdipus Rex with the Munich Philharmonic and Act 3 of Parsifal at the Grafenegg Festival.


Following his return to the Bayreuth Festival in 2024 as Amfortas, highlights of Welton’s 2024/2025 season will include Mahler’s Symphony No 8 with the West Australian Symphony Orchestra, Pizarro in Fidelio at Washington National Opera, King Marke in Tristan und Isolde and the title role of The Flying Dutchman at the Deutsche Oper Berlin, and Wanderer in Siegfried with Concerto Köln.


Upcoming performances


Conductor · Pablo Heras-Casado
Director · Jay Scheib


Amfortas · Derek Welton
Titurel · Tobias Kehrer
Gurnemanz · Georg Zeppenfeld
Parsifal · Andreas Schager
Klingsor · Jordan Shanahan
Kundry · Ekaterina Gubanova

Symphony No 8

Conductor · Asher Fisch


Magna peccatrix · Stacey Alleaume
Una pœnitentium · Samantha Clarke
Mater gloriosa · Sara Macliver
Mulier samaritana · Ashlyn Tymms
Maria ægyptica · Deborah Humble
Doctor Marianus · Paul O’Neill
Pater ecstaticus · David Greco
Pater profundus · Derek Welton


Press and updates

Critical acclaim for Derek Welton’s début as Wotan in Die Walküre

Derek Welton’s recent début in the role of Wotan in Wagner’s Die Walküre has been met with critical acclaim. Reviews of the performances include:   ‘Derek Welton is unsurpassable as Wotan.’ – Kölner Stadtanzeiger   ‘Derek Welton is at home in the Wagner world and is a welcome guest in the great bass-baritone roles at […]

Rehearsals begin for Die Walküre in Dresden

Following his house début at the Teatro Real Madrid in January, Derek worked for the first time with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra and Gustavo Gimeno, performing and recording Stravinsky’s Pulcinella, which will be released on the Harmonia Mundi label. Yesterday he began rehearsals in Dresden of Wagner’s Die Walküre with the Dresden Festival Orchestra and Concerto Köln, conducted […]

Reviews of Elijah
Derek Welton – Elijah

Derek Welton’s performances in the title role of Elijah have been critically acclaimed by the press:   ‘The splendid hero turns out to be Derek Welton. The Australian baritone dominates the overwhelming title role and infuses it with all the colours of the Lieder singer that he also is.’ – Classique News   ‘The baritone Derek […]

Photos of Elijah
Derek Welton – Elijah

Some impressions of Calixto Bieito’s visually spectacular production of Mendelssohn’s Elijah, which opened last night (17 December) at the Opéra de Lyon (photos © Bertrand Stofleth | Opéra de Lyon):  

Audio and video

Featured recording

Wagner Das Rheingold
»Abendlich strahlt der Sonne Auge«


© Charlie Kinross

Derek Welton in concert
© Susanne Diesner