Described as "a star in the making" (The Age, 28 September 2004), 22 year old baritone Derek Welton is an experienced performer on both the operatic stage and the concert platform. Derek’s various competition successes to date include reaching the finals of and winning the encouragement award in the 2004 Herald Sun Aria, winning the 2004 Australian Youth Aria and 2005 Boroondara Eisteddfod Vocal Championship and reaching the finals in both the 2004 and 2005 Annual National Liederfeste, at which he was awarded five prizes including the People’s Choice Award in both years.
Operatic roles Derek has performed include Papageno in Mozart’s The Magic Flute and Guglielmo in Mozart’s Cosi fan tutte (Melbourne Opera Company), and Count Almaviva in Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro (In Good Company).
Derek’s diverse concert repertoire includes performances as soloist in Bach’s Magnificat, Berlioz’s L’Enfance du Christ, Brahms’s Ein Deutsches Requiem, Handel’s Messiah, Charpentier’s Te Deum, Haydn’s Creation and Nelson Mass and Mozart’s Coronation Mass. On 7 July 2005, Derek performs as baritone soloist in the world premiere of Christopher Willcock’s Anastasis and, on 24 July 2005, in his debut in the title role of Mendelssohn’s Elijah.