Tenor Corby Welch is an American singer who can skilfully adapt to both lyric and dramatic tenor roles. In addition to opera singing, his creative output includes oratorios of various styles, masses, and symphonies.
Corby Welch has sung numerous lyric tenor roles at the Deutsche Oper am Rhein from 2003 to 2018, including: Tamino (The Magic Flute), Don Ottavio (Don Giovanni), Tito (La clemenza di Tito), Belmonte (Die Entführung aus dem Serail). Since 2011, the vocalist is also an excellent performer of dramatic tenor roles in renowned European opera houses in productions of Wagner, singing Lohengrin, Siegmund (Die Walküre), Loge (Das Rheingold), Erik (Der fliegende Holländer), and the titular role in the opera Tannhäuser. Welch has also sung Erik and Tannhäuser at the Latvian National Opera. Welch sang the role of Lohengrin at the LNSO Summer Festival in August, 2015.
Corby Welch frequently performs large-scale vocal symphonic works. His repertoire includes Monteverdi’s Vespers, Bach’s Passions, Beethoven’s Missa solemnis and Symphony no. 9, Britten’s War Requiem, Mahler’s Das Lied von der Erde,
Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms, among others.
The singer has performed on numerous world-famous stages, including the Weimar Opera, Deutsche Oper am Rhein in Düsseldorf, Opéra Royal de Wallonie in Liège, Staatstheater Braunschweig, Neuschwanstein Castle, Grand Théâtre de Genève. Welch has performed with Kent Nagano, Wolfgang Sawallisch, Semyon Bychkov, Marek Janowski, Zoltán Peskó, Alessandro De Marchi, Christoph Spering, Danish National SO, Cologne Radio Orchestra, Hanover Radio Orchestra, Deutsche Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, the Bachacademie ensemble, and others.
Born in Minneapolis, Corby Welch studied at the University of Minnesota in the class of Lawrence Weller, and at the Mannheim University of Music in Germany in the class of Rudolf Piernay.