Corby WELCH  Tenor
 
  BIOGRAPHIE  

 

2018 the American tenor started with a production of “Die Walküre” as spectacular SIEGMUND at the Düsseldorf Rhine Opera. Before, he was celebrated as impressive TANNHÄUSER at the National Opera House Riga.

Since 2011, Corby Welch has established himself as one of the promising new dramatic tenors singing ERIK in “Der fliegende Holländer” in Düsseldorf, at the Riga National Opera, the Opéra de Wallonie in Liège and the Braunschweig State Theatre, LOHENGRIN in Duisburg, Magdeburg and in concerts at the Castle Neuschwanstein or debuting as LOGE in “Das Rheingold” at the Grand Théâtre de Genève.

Corby Welch started his career as a lyric tenor with engagements at the Hamburg State Opera, the Aalto Theater Essen, the Teatro Nacional de São Carlos in Lisbon, in Modena and Ferarra. He performed at the Music Festival Schleswig Holstein, the Rheingau Music Festival, the Festival Schwetzingen and the Ludwigsburg Castle Festival.

Since 2003 Corby Welch is a member of the ensemble of the German Opera onb the Rhine Düsseldorf, where he got the opportunity to develop his repertoire. In the first years he sang major roles of the lyric repertoire such as BELMONTE , TAMINO, DON OTTAVIO, TITO and later the PRINCE in “Rusalka”, MATTEO in “Arabella” and the title role in PETER GRIMES. Lately, he could be seen as PINKERTON, BACCHUS, the DRUM MAJOR , SIEGMUND and ERIK.

Recently he also impressed in the title role of William Bolcom’s “ McTeague” at the Linz Municipal Theatre. Besides, he could be heard with the Philharmonie am Gasteig Munich in Loriot’s “Ring on one Evening”, as PYLADES in Gluck’s “Iphigénie en Tauride” in Hong Kong, as PETER QUINT in “Turn of the Screw” in Taiwan, ZEN in Elliot Carter’s opera “What Next” and with Missa Solemnis and Beethoven’s 9th Symphony in the Cologne Philharmonics.

Concert and operatic engagements have brought Corby Welch to collaborate with conductors and stage directors such as Ingo Metzmacher, Kent Nagano, Sir Neville Marriner, Wolfgang Sawallisch, Semyon Bychkov, Marek Janowski, Eije Oue, Michael Schoenwandt, John Mauceri, Zoltán Peskó, Helmuth Rilling, Thomas Hengelbrock, Frieder Bernius, Alessandro De Marchi, Daniel Reuss, Christoph Spering, Stefan Herheim, Dietrich Hilsdorf, Tatjana Gürbaca or Dieter Dorn. He performed with orchestras and ensembles such as the German Symphony Orchestra Berlin, the Hannover Radio Orchestra, the WDR Symphony Orchestra Cologne,the Berlin Radio Orchestra (RSB), the Danish National Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Orchestra of the Accademia di Santa Cecilia, the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, the International Bach Academy, the RIASChamber Choir, the Balthasar- Neumann- Ensemble, the Stuttgart Chamber Choir and many others.

His vast concert repertoire includes works by Beethoven (9th Symphony and Missa Solemnis) as well as the Passions by J.S. Bach, Händel and Oratories or contemporary works by Krzysztof Penderecki, Sofia Gubaidulina and Wolfgang Rhim. Concerts brought him to France, Italy, the European Music Festival in Stuttgart and the Oregon Bach Festival.

Corby Welch is also a much sought-after Lied singer. In the last few years he sang a,o. Janàcek’s "Zápisník zmizelého" (Tagebuch eines Verschollenen), Britten’s "Winter Words" and "Eight Songs for Tenor and Harp," Finzi’s "Young Man's Exhortation," Schubert’s “Die schöne Müllerin,“ Schumann’s "Dichterliebe," Liederkreis op. 24, "Minnespiel op. 101," and "Myrten" .

Recently, he interpreted the “War Requiem” at the Kassel State Theatre followed by “Elijah” in Bremen (Glocke), “Paulus” in Milano, the St. Johns Passion with the Gütersloh Bach Choir, the St Matthews’ Passion with the Lahti Symphony Orchestra, Mahler’s “Lied von der Erde” in Buffalo, New York and Basle, the 2nd act TRISTAN in Taiwan and Listzt’s FAUST Symphony in Giuyang in China. He also appeared in a world premiere with the Radio Symphony Orchestra Stuttgart at the prestigious Music Festival for Contemporary Music Eclat in Stuttgart.

Corby Welch can be heard on numerous broadcast and CD recordings e.g. Haydn‘s “Theresia Mass”(Hänssler) and Gubaidulina’s “Passion of St. John and Resurrection” with Helmuth Rilling, Meinardus “Luther in Worms”with Hermann Max (CPO), Reichas” Leonore” with Frieder Bernius (Orfeo), und Hindemiths “Lange Weihnachtsmahl” mit Marek Janowski (Wergo).

This season the versatile artist can be seen SIEGMUND, PETER GRIMES and DRUM MAJOR at the Rhine Opera Düsseldorf. He also is TANNHÄUSER in a new production oft he Weimar National Theatre and sings this part also at the Riga National Opera.

In the season 18/19 he makes his debut as SIEGFRIED in the „Ring“ in Düsseldorf-Duisburg, wHere he also portrays BACCHUS, PETER GRIMES and SIEGMUND singt. He returns tot he Riga National Opera as ERIK in a new production of „Der Fliegende Holländer“ und sings Beethoven’s 9th Symphony in Taiwan.

 

 
 
 
KRITIKEN
 
Nationaloper Weimar – TANNHÄUSER
The America tenor Corby Welch as guest singer in the title role was vocally just as well-balanced, fit and authentic as the baritone Uwe Schenker-Primus as Wolfram von Eschenbach.
BR Klassik
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Corby Welch in the title role was very impressive.
Thüringer Allgemeine
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The highlight of the evening was Corby Welch, who plays the exhausting title role with mere limitless, lyrical reserves.
Concerti
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The Tannhäuser of Weimar, Corby Welch, is one of these tenors, whose mere appearance is worth visiting the performance.
NMZ
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Rhine Opera Düsseldorf – Die Walküre – SIEGMUND
Corby Welch, who comes from the lyrical repertoire and gradually changed into the heldentenoral repertoire, has a brilliant, shining tenor voice that has enough metal to survive the “Wälse” cries. He is a Siegmund, the audience is fond of straightaway. He perfectly accentuates all emotions.
Der neue Merker – Johann Schwarz
Really surprising was the performance of the ensemble member Corby Welch, who has continuously developed himself from a Mozart tenor into a Siegmund interpreter. The captivating, flowery timbre is still there but it definitively gained power...
Opernwelt 3/2018 Michael Struck-Schloen
Corby Welch made a great impact with his interpretation of ‚Winterstürmen‘, ….
Oper! Das Magazin – März 2018 – Christoph Schulte im Walde
Corby Welch’s Siegmund is top class...
Orpheus 2/2018 Christoph Zimmermann
Among the singers the casting of CORBY WELCH as Siegmund is a real sensation…his huge dramatic potential but also the piani, all sung on a true belcanto base.
Online Merker
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Vocally, Corby Welch as Siegmund is particularly convincing. Whereas, his Siegmund sometimes seems lustful rather than in love, his crystal-clear tenor voice leaves nothing to be desired.
Literatur und Feuilleton
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Nationaloper Riga - TANNHÄUSER
Corby Welch as Tannhäuser, who had the power to prevail against her. With almost superhuman power and beauty , he held on to the very last tone without any effort but with precise, crystal-clear text comprehensibility.
Opernglas 07/08 2017 Autor G. Helbig
Grand Théâtre de Geneve – Das Rheingold – LOGE
Excellent: Corby Welch’s portrayal of the Loge. The tenor, who made his debut at the Grand Théâtre de Genève has a sonorous, smooth voice with heroic aplomb.
Online Merker
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A wonderful singer and an excellent actor: Corby Welch plays an asexual, opportunist Loge making a connection between the different worlds and characters.
ExitMag
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Always perfectly articulated Corby Welch‘s exalted Loge kept moving into the spotlight of the performance.
Online Merker
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Magdeburg Theatre - LOHENGRIN
Corby Welch’s Lohengrin is truly outstanding: sung with lots of experience, an economical use of his resources, secure articulation, providently prepared for the tricky sections. Welch knows how to let his tenor voice shine.
Online Merker
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Rhine Opera Düsseldorf - LOHENGRIN
Corby Welch in the title role makes a spectacular debut. With effortless easiness he sings Lohengrin with plenty of soft and lyrical tones. Yet, in the right moments he knows how to intensify his rich voice to heroic size.
Der Westen
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Linz Municipal Theatre – Mc TEAGUE
Likewise, Corby Welch incorporated the brutish power of McTeague both physically and vocally, providing the listener with a complex protagonist to be both pitied and feared.
Bachtrack
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Mc Teague is portrayed by Corby Welch, who not only meets the physical demands of the character – as described in the novel. His powerful, beautifully timbred tenor voice is present from the first minute to the very last, singing the entire huge part without any sign of exhaustion. Also as an actor, he was very convincing – simply an outstanding performance!
Online Merker
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The singers are also marvelous. Above all Corby Welch as Mc Teague with his powerful, yet also soft-golden tenor voice.
Der Standard
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Corby Welch jumped in for the indisposed Stephen Gould. His McTeague is sung with immense presence, expression and power.
Kurier
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Vocally in top form and convincing in his acting the American Heldentenor Corby Welch as guest singer was brilliant in the title part.
Salzburger Nachrichten
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Rhine Opera Düsseldorf – WOZZECK
…in her affair with the Drum Major- portrayed by Corby Welch as a cool, ruthless, agreeably relaxed singing American.
Die deutsche Bühne
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Deutschlandfunk - Mahler Lied von der Erde
The instrumentalists and Corby Welch, who is a member of the German Opera on the Rhine since 2003 were highly concentrated and wonderfully confident. He sovereignly masters the required tenderness in the high registers and the contrary unrestrainedness, always staying perfectly understandable.
Wetterauer Zeitung
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Rheinoper Düseldorf – The Turn of the Screw – PETER QUINT
…and then there is this exceptional tenor Corby Welch. Welch, as the seductive ghost Peter Quint, evokes with his tenor voice the Quint of the world premiere.
Online Merker
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Rheinoper Düseldorf – Arabella - MATTEO
Corby Welch as Matteo was an extraordinary positive surprise. The fact the director had turned him into a laughingstock, didn’t affect in any way Welch’s musical performance. He effortlessly managed the dreaded heights in the 3rd act.
Online Merker
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Rheinoper Düseldorf –Frau Ohne Schatten
Corby Welch made his debut as the hunting lover. The young Mozart tenor, who is gradually changing onto the youthful dramatic repertoire, particularly attracted attention with his appearance in the first act. His interpretation of the emperor’s hunting and travelling intentions were unpretentiously presented in a lyrical lied style. Performing in such a beautiful way one cannot but compare him with his great predecessors. If Welch continues improving with this consequence, he might become the new Franz Völker.
Online Merker
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Rheinoper Düseldorf –PETER GRIMES
Corby Welch sings the title part for the first time. The giant-sized American with his soft, almost heroic tenor voice is the ideal cast for this irascible, quick-tempered but yet vulnerable and sensitive fisherman.
Klassik Info
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Above all Corby Welch, who not only mastered the terrifying Peter Pears role of the title character, instead he made the role entirely his own. He turned Grimes into an underdog, who hides behind his beefy shell. Each tenor tone sounded as if wrested from his suffering and yet always musically right.
RP Online
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SZENENFOTOS
Rheinoper Düsseldorf – Die Walküre -SIEGMUND
 
Rheinoper Düsseldorf – Die Walküre -SIEGMUND
 
Nationaloper Riga - Tannhäuser
 
Nationaloper Riga - Tannhäuser
Corby Welch & Martina Dike
 
Nationaloper Riga - Tannhäuser
 
Rheinoper Düsseldorf – Der Fliegende Holländer – ERIK
 
Rheinoper Düsseldorf – Der Fliegende Holländer – ERIKA
 
Rheinoper Düsseldorf – Der Fliegende Holländer – ERIK
 
Grand Théâtre de Genève – Das Rheingold – LOGE
 
Theater Duisburg - LOHENGRIN
 
Theater Duisburg - LOHENGRIN
 
Landestheater Linz – Mc TEAGUE
 
Rheinoper Düsseldorf - Rusalka - PRINZ
 
Rheinoper Düsseldorf – Die Zauberflöte – TAMINO
 
Rheinoper Düsseldorf – Die Zauberflöte – TAMINO
 
Rheinoper Düsseldorf – La Clemenza di Tito - TITUS