Born 1973 in Minneapolis, Minnesota (USA), Corby Welch studied at the University of Minnesota with Lawrence Weller and completed his studies with Rudolf Piernay in Germany at the Hochschule für Musik Mannheim.
Important appearances followed as Pedrillo/Die Entführung aus dem Serail and Brighella/Ariadne auf Naxos at the Hamburg State Opera and at the Aalto Theater Essen, Teatro Nacional de São Carlos in Lisbon, in Modena, and Ferarra, Orfeo/L´Anima del Filosofo (J. Haydn) at the Schwetzingen Festival, Aix-en-Provence Festival, Schleswig Holstein Festival, and Rheingau Musik Festival, Nemorino/L’elisir d’amore at the Ludwigsburg Festival, Lucarnio/Ariodante at the Nederlandse Reisopera, and Telemaco/Telemaco (A. Scarlatti) at the Schwetzingen Festival.
Since 2003 Corby Welch is a member of the ensemble at the Deutsche Oper am Rhein Düsseldorf where he sings major roles of the lyric repertoire such as Belmonte/Entführung a. d. Serail, Tamino/Zauberflöte, Don Ottavio/Don Giovanni, Tito/La Clemenza di Tito, Prince/Rusalka, and Flamand/Capriccio.
Concert and operatic engagements brought him in collaboration with conductors such as Kent Nagano, 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 and orchestras and ensembles such as Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, Hannover Radio Orchestra, WDR Symphony Orchestra Cologne, Berlin Radio Orchestra (RSB), Danish National Radio Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra of the Accademia di Santa Cecilia, International Bach Academy, RIAS Kammerchor, Balthasar- Neumann- Ensemble, Das Neue Orchester, Kammerchor Stuttgart, and Tölzer Knabenchor.
Specialties of his vast concert repertoire are in the works of Beethoven (9th Symphony and Missa Solemnis) as well as the Passions by J.S. Bach, in the Händel Oratories and in contemporary composers such as Krzysztof Penderecki, Sofia Gubaidulina, and Wolfgang Rhim. His concerts brought him to France, Italy, the Europäische Musikfest in Stuttgart, and the Oregon Bach Festival.
Recently, he sang the War Requiem at the Staatstheater Kassel followed by the Elijah in Bremen (Glocke), Paulus in Milan, the St. Johns Passion with the Bachchor Gütersloh, the St Matthews’ Passion with the Lahti Symphony Orchestra, Mahler’s Lied von der Erde in Siegen (Germany) and Don José in a concert version of Carmen in Solingen (Germany). Also, he appeared in a world premiere with the Radio Symphony Orchestra Stuttgart at the prestigious music festival for contemporary music Eclat-Festival in Stuttgart.
Since 2011, Corby Welch has established himself as one of the promising new dramatic tenors singing Erik/Der fliegende Holländer in Düsseldorf, Liège and Braunschweig, Eine florentinische Tragödie in Düsseldorf, Die Entführung aus dem Serail in Essen, Lohengrin in Duisburg and in Magdeburg, Siegmund in Düsseldorf and Weimar and making his debut as Loge in Das Rheingold in Geneva.
In 2016, he sang the title role in William Bolcom’s McTeague at the Landestheater Linz with great success, and in the season of 2016/17 he could be seen and heard as Bacchus and Erik, among others at the Deutsche Oper am Rhein as well as in Loriot’s “Der Ring an einem Abend” in Munich.

Also in season 2017/18, Corby Welch will be standing on stage at the Deutsche Oper am Rhein when he takes on the roles or Tambourmajor/Wozzeck and Siegmund/Die Walküre, both under the musical direction of Axel Kober, as well as Turiduu/Cavalleria Rusticana in the staging by Christof Loy and with Rossini’s Petite Messe Solennelle in Martin Schäpfer’s Ballet am Rhein production “b.32”.


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Repertoire Concert

Bach, J.S. B minor mass
  St. John Passion, Evangelist + Arias
  St. Matthew Passion, Evangelist + Arias
Beethoven Christus am Ölberge
  Mass C major
  Missa Solemnis
  Symphony no. 9
Berlioz Grande Messe des Morts
Britten Nocturne
  Serenade, Tenor, Horn + Strings
  War Requiem
Bruckner Mass F minor
  Te Deum
Dvorak Mass D major
  Stabat Mater
Elgar The Dream of Gerontius
Gounod Messe Solennelle de Sainte Cécile
Gubaidulina, S. Resurrection
  St. John Passion
Haydn Nelson-Messe
  Paukenmesse (Missa in tempore belli)
  The Creation / Uriel
  The Seasons / Lukas
Händel Alexander's Feast
Janácek Glagolitic Mass
Kodály Psalmus Hungarius (hungarian)
Liszt Christus
Mahler Das Lied von der Erde
  Symphony no. 8
Mendelssohn Die erste Walpurgisnacht
  Psalm 95
Mozart C minor mass
  Coronation Mass
Penderecki Credo
Puccini Messa di Gloria
Rossini Petite Messe Solennelle
Saint-Saëns Oratorio de Noël
Schubert G major mass
  Mass in A flat major
  Mass in C major
  Mass in E flat major
Schumann Das Glück von Edenhall
  Das Paradies und die Peri
Schumann Faustszenen
Stravinsky Oedipus Rex
Verdi Requiem

Repertoire Opera

Bizet Carmen Don José
Britten Billy Budd The Novice
  Peter Grimes Peter Grimes
  Turn of the Screw Quint
Dvorak Rusalka Princ (czech)
Mozart Così fan tutte Ferrando
  Die Entführung aus dem Serail Belmonte
  Die Zauberflöte Tamino
  Don Giovanni Don Ottavio
  La clemenza di Tito Tito
Poulenc Dialogues des Carmélites Chevalier de la Force
Puccini Madama Butterfly Pinkerton
Strauss, R. Ariadne auf Naxos Bacchus
  Die Frau ohne Schatten Kaiser
Wagner Das Rheingold Froh
  Der fliegende Holländer Erik
  Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg Walther von Stolzing
  Die Walküre Siegmund
  Lohengrin Lohengrin
  Tannhäuser Walther von der Vogelweide
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