Corby WELCH  Tenor


‘Among the singers the casting of CORBY WELCH as Siegmund is a real sensation…’

Since the year 2018 the American tenor Corby Welch has made spectacular debuts as SIEGMUND and SIEGFRIED in the RING DES NIBELUNGEN at the Rheinoper Düsseldorf. In 2021/22 he returns here as SIEGMUND. In this season he also debuts as ALWA in “Lulu” at the Heidelberg Theatre.

His engagement as PAUL in Korngold’s “Die tote Stadt” at the Rheinoper Düsseldorf was postponed because of the COVID 19 pandemic, just like his Mahler’s DAS LIED VON DER ERDE at the Opéra de Toulon.

At the Budapest Wagner Days he could be seen in 2021 in a gala concerts with excerpts from TRISTAN UND ISOLDE. He enjoyed huge successes with his first TANNHÄUSER at the Riga National Opera, where he also succeeded in 2019 as ERIK in a new production of “Der Fliegende Holländer” and as TRISTAN in a concert performance of the 2nd act.

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 Düsseldorf/Duisburg, Magdeburg and in concerts at the Neuschwanstein Castle 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 Schwetzingen Festival and the Ludwigsburg Castle Festival.

From 2003-2017 Corby Welch was a member of the Deutsche Rheinoper Düsseldorf/Duisburg ensemble, where he had the opportunity to develop his repertoire. In the first years he mainly sang major roles of the lyric repertoire such as BELMONTE , TAMINO, DON OTTAVIO, TITO and later the PRINCE in “Rusalka”, MATTEO in “Arabella,” KAISER in "Frau ohne Schatten," and the title role in PETER GRIMES. Lately, he could be seen as PINKERTON, BACCHUS, the TAMBOURMAJOR, SIEGMUND and ERIK.

Recently, he also impressed in the title role of William Bolcom’s “ McTeague” at the Opera House Linz . Besides, he performed in Munich in Loriot’s “Ring in one Evening” at the Philharmonie am Gasteig and portrayed PYLADES in Gluck’s “Iphigénie en Tauride” in Hong Kong, PETER QUINT in “Turn of the Screw” in Taiwan, ZEN in Elliot Carter’s opera “What Next," and the Missa Solemnis and Beethoven’s 9th Symphony at the Cologne Philharmonic.

Concert and operatic engagements have brought Corby Welch to collaborate with conductors such as Ingo Metzmacher, Peter Schreier, Sir Neville Marriner, Wolfgang Sawallisch, Dennis Russell Davies, Marek Janowski, Eije Oue, Michael Schoenwandt, John Mauceri, Zoltán Peskó, Wen-Pin Chien, Helmuth Rilling, Kirill Karabits, Stefan Soltesz, John Fiore, Robert Trevino, and Axel Kober, and stage directors like Stefan Herheim, Dietrich Hilsdorf, Tatjana Gürbaca, Christoph Loy, Christof Nel, Karoline Gruber, 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 RIAS Chamber 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) Bach’s and Haydn’s Passions but also Oratoria and contemporary music by Krzysztof Penderecki, Sofia Gubaidulina, and Wolfgang Rhim. Concert engagements brought him to France, and Italy, the Stuttgart European Music Festival and the Bach Festival in Oregon.

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 Britten's “War Requiem” at the Kassel State Theatre,“Elijah” in Bremen (Glocke), “Paulus” in Milano, the St. Johns Passion with the Gütersloh Bach Choir, the St. Matthew Passion with the Lahti Symphony Orchestra, Mahler’s “Lied von der Erde” in Buffalo, New York and Basle, the 2nd act of TRISTAN AND ISOLDE in Taiwan and Listzt’s FAUST Symphony in Giuyang, China. Moreover, he performed at the renowned Eclat Festival of New Music in Stuttgart in a world premiere with the Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra.

Corby Welch can be heard on numerous broadcast and CD recordings including 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).

Lately, he portrayed BACCHUS, PETER GRIMES and the DRUM MAJOR in Düsseldorf and sang TANNHÄUSER in a new production of the Weimar National Theatre and at the Talliin National Opera. He sang the LIED VON DER ERDE in Paris, Bilbao and San Sebastian, the GURRE-LIEDER in Vilnius , the 9th symphony at the Cologne Philharmonics and the DREAM OF GERONTIUS at the Zürich Tonhalle.


CD Der Ring des Nibelungen – Deutsche Oper am Rhein/ Duisburger Philharmoniker under the direction of Axel Kober – SIEGFRIED (Avi Musik)
Among the main roles I am especially taken with Corby Welch’s Siegfried, sung with enough subtlety as well as stamina to reserve some wit and rounded cantabile for his first encounters with Brünnhilde and the Rhinedaughters.
Theater Heidelberg – Lulu - ALWA
Despite his opulent tone, Corby Welch‘s Alwa was at all times subtle and full of nuances. Respect!
Das Ensemble is excellent without any exception, especially ... and Corby Welch’s flexible- melodious Alwa.
Klassik Open-Air Duisburg
The Deutsche Oper am Rhein shines with its vocally strong soloists: with his brilliant voice the Heldentenor Corby Welch sings out „O namenlose Freude“ from „Fidelio“.
Nationaltheater Weimar – TANNHÄUSER
"In this Weimar production, Tannhäuser was portrayed by the American tenor Corby Welch. Here we see a leading representative in his field, who rightfully deserves the title of Heldentenor. In the performance, Corby Welch demonstrates how important it is for a Wagner tenor to sing the score true to the original, with expression, huge volume and tenoral brilliance. Whereas other singers of this genre abbreviate note values, withdraw their volume or vocally overtax themselves, Corby Welch shows no deficits whatsoever. His Tannhäuser is emotionally and vocally constantly present. Besides, he uses a clear declamation of the text to underline the singing effect. With passionate tone, Corby Welch sings his Praise of Venus in the first act „Dir töne Lob Die Wunder sei’n gepriesen, die deine Macht mir Glücklichem erschuf ….“ and „Dank deiner Huld Gepriesen sei dein Lieben Beglückt für immer, wer bei dir geweilt“ and „Stets soll nur dir, nur dir mein Lied ertönen Gesungen laut sei nur dein Preis von mir“ with the concluding request to let him go, resulting in an enormous heightening towards the end. … After the Praise of the Love and the Goddess of Love at the end of the contest, Corby Welch succeeds in convincingly ringing in the conversion, pain and desperation about what has happened to Tannhäuser. He increases Tannhäuser’s inner emotions with en enormous expressive vocal volume, as in the Cry for Mercy in the second act „O du, hoch über diesen Erdengründen, die mir den Engel meines Heils gesandt, erbarm dich mein, der ach so tief in Sünden, schmachvoll des Himmels Mittlerin verkannt“ The highlight of Tannhäuser’s part is the “Rome Narrative”, which Corby Welch sings on the highest level. Sublimely, he masters the vitally important change of the vocal sound in the Story of his Pilgrimage up to his desire to return to the Venus Mountain. A grand representative of his field, who truly knows Richard Wagner’s requirements of the characters in his operas and who surely knows how to realize them. A fantastic performance.
Das Opernmagazin
Rheinoper Düsseldorf-Duisburg - Götterdämmerung - SIEGFRIED
"Heldentenor Corby Welch was the one to sing a role of this tricky repertoire on this evening. Proudly, he followed in the footsteps of a series of former heroic tenors, the Duisburg Manfred Jung, Peter Hofmann and Siegfried Jerusalem. Successfully!... Corby Welch’s well-timbred tenor voice has bright brilliance in the high registers, which wasn’t even heard at the green hill of Bayreuth lately. In every register he still had enough space – a Siegfried to dream of. As if the role was especially created for him. With Siegfried’s pubescent easiness and his asking voice, Welch didn’t press the tones, but gently and touchingly revealed the singer’s emotional state to the audience."
"In these last 16 years, in which Corby Welch has been singing at the Rhine Opera, he has made a considerable development. Having started as a Mozart interpreter , he now has grown into a heldentenor. His voice still has this lyrical core, bus simultaneously it has gained the necessary force. With a healthy technique Corby Welch also manages the tricky parts of the role."
Rudolf Hermes
Rheinoper Düsseldorf-Duisburg - Ariadne auf Naxos - BACCHUS
Corby Welch had the onerous task of portraying Bacchus. Brilliantly – and very loudly – he worked himself through the part. This tenor’s singing was excellent. A tenor who really knows how to sing Bacchus.
Opera Magazine
Rheinoper Düsseldorf-Duisburg - SIEGFRIED
Tenor Corby Welch filled his part as Siegfried not only with vocal qualities With his acting he also brought Siegfried to life. Almost effortlessly he mastered the title part, which is, due to its enormous stage presence, a real challenge.
Rundschau Duisburg
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
Corby Welch in the title role was very impressive.
Thüringer Allgemeine
The highlight of the evening was Corby Welch, who plays the exhausting title role with mere limitless, lyrical reserves.
The Tannhäuser of Weimar, Corby Welch, is one of these tenors, whose mere appearance is worth visiting the performance.
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
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
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
A wonderful singer and an excellent actor: Corby Welch plays an asexual, opportunist Loge making a connection between the different worlds and characters.
Always perfectly articulated Corby Welch‘s exalted Loge kept moving into the spotlight of the performance.
Online Merker
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
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
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.
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
The singers are also marvelous. Above all Corby Welch as Mc Teague with his powerful, yet also soft-golden tenor voice.
Der Standard
Corby Welch jumped in for the indisposed Stephen Gould. His McTeague is sung with immense presence, expression and power.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Deutsche Oper am Rhein Düsseldorf-Duisburg – Siegfried – SIEGFRIED
Deutsche Oper am Rhein Düsseldorf-Duisburg – Siegfried – SIEGFRIED
Deutsche Oper am Rhein Düsseldorf-Duisburg – Siegfried – SIEGFRIED
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