The burgeoning career of British Columbia baritone Justin Welsh was given new impetus by his recent success as Crown in PORGY AND BESS with Kent Nagano conducting l’Orchestre symphonique de Montréal. Queegueg in the Canadian premiere of MOBY DICK for Calgary Opera was another career highlight, praised by the Calgary Herald’s Kenneth Delong, who noted that “Justin Welsh brings a finely drawn vocal technique to the part, his voice beautiful throughout the register. Dramatically, too, Welsh’s role was exceptionally well-realized, a major accomplishment as a singing actor.” He has also been recently heard as Marcello in LA BOHEME for l’Opéra de Montréal and Papageno in THE MAGIC FLUTE and Figaro in LE NOZZE DI FIGARO for Pacific Opera Victoria. Of particular note is Vivier’s MUSIC FÜR DAS ENDE produced by Soundstreams with upcoming performances in Toronto and at the Holland Festival in 2018. He will also be heard in Against the Grain’s project for the fall of 2017, BOUND.
A former member of the Canadian Opera Company Ensemble Studio, he was featured in Ensemble productions of SWOON (World Premiere), COSI FAN TUTTE as Guglielmo and DIE ZAUBERFLÖTE as Papageno. On the COC’s mainstage, he has appeared as Fiorello in IL BARBIERE DI SIVIGLIA, Dancaire in CARMEN and the Herald in OTELLO. Welsh is a past Fellow at Tanglewood’s Summer Institute and has appeared with Tapestry New Opera Works, in the COC’s NIGHTINGALE production in Brooklyn, toured with Jeunesses Musicales as Belcore in L’ELISIR D’AMORE and sang Slender in VOICEBOX: Opera in Concert’s presentation of Salieri’s rarely heard FALSTAFF. Further credits include MESSIAH for the Winnipeg, Victoria and Regina symphonies, Fauré’s REQUIEM with Choeur St. Laurent, MATTHÄUS PASSION with the Guelph Chamber Choir and Grand Philharmonic Choir, Beethoven’s Mass in C and Bach’s MAGNIFICAT with the Regina Philharmonic Chorus and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 with the Niagara Symphony.
Awards include First Place in the Kurt Weill Competition and an encouragement award from the Louis and Cristina Quilico competition. He holds a Master’s of Music Degree from the University of British Columbia and participated in young artist programmes in the Czech Republic and in Sulmona, Italy.
|Duke of Nottingham||ROBERTO DEVEREUX|
|Gershwin||Frazier||PORGY AND BESS|
|Humperdinck||Father/Sandman||HANSEL UND GRETEL|
|CUNNING LITTLE VIXEN
THE HOUSE OF THE DEAD
|Lehár||Danilo||DIE LUSTIGE WITWE|
|Massenet||Lescaut/Count des Grieux||MANON|
LE NOZZE DI FIGARO
|Rossini||Fiorello/Figaro||IL BARBIERE DI SIVIGLIA|
Magnificat in D major
|Beethoven||Mass in C|
|Symphony No. 9|
|Elgar||Dream of Gerontius|
|Mozart||Mass in C minor|
|Rival||Red Moon and Other Songs of War|
|Vaughan Williams||Songs of Travel|
“Baritone Justin Welsh’s Figaro is a charming scamp, immensely likeable and vividly expressive, whether cavorting or scheming or cursing womankind.”
Victoria Times Colonist, Kevin Bazzana
“Bass baritone, Justin Welsh’s exotic Queequeg had vocal heft, but also a vulnerability that gave his scenes with Ainsworth a sweet flavour of brotherly love.”
Globe and Mail – William Rankin [Moby Dick, Calgary Opera]
“Justin Welsh brings a finely drawn vocal technique to the part, his voice beautiful throughout the registers. Dramatically, too Welsh’s role was exceptionally well realized, a major accomplishment as a singing actor.”
Calgary Herald – Kenneth Delong [Moby Dick, Calgary Opera]
“Justin Welsh used the gentle timbre of his register and drew from within, an enormous sound which resonated beautifully through the expanses of St. Paul’s Cathedral. His performance of ‘The People that Walked in Darkness’ expressed the solemn nature of the piece without becoming weighed down by the gravity of its own content.”
No Rules – Brian Hay [Messiah, Orchestra London] http://www.norules-nolights.com/messiah2012.html
“Baritone Justin Welsh was also wonderful, combining broad and rich held notes with nimble traveling chops. He had a slightly textured edge, youthful energy, and a grand operatic feel that lent oomph and character to the overall effort.”
Kitchener-Waterloo Record – Stephen Preece [Bach Cantatas, Grand Philharmonic Choir]
“…the baritone of Justin Welsh as Ari stood out as impressively rich.”
Opera News – Christopher Hoile [World Premiere of Swoon by James Rolfe, Canadian Opera Company Ensemble Studio]
“Justin Welsh, in the role of Count Danilo, was extremely attractive, dramatically understated and confident.”
Opera Canada Magazine – Daphna Levit [The Merry Widow – Maritime Concert Opera]
“The rest of the program was given to the music of Ralph Vaughan Williams, beginning with his Songs of Travel, sung by the wonderfully dark-voiced baritone Justin Welsh…”
Ottawa Citizen – Richard Todd [Songs of Travel, Ottawa Choral Society]
MUSIK FUR DA ENDE WITH SOUNSTREAMS’
Baritone, JUSTIN WELSH, appears in the first fully staged production of Musik für das Ende by legendary Québécois composer Claude Vivier. Rave reviews in The New York Times call the production “dramatically potent”. Performances run October 27 – November 04, 2017, at Crow’s Theatre, Toronto.
PACIFIC OPERA VICTORIA
Justin Welsh sings the role of Tamino in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte with Pacific Opera Victoria on February 16, 18, 22, 24 and 26.
Justin Welsh sings the role of Marcello with Opéra de Montréal on May 20, 23, 25 and 27.
Libera Me from Faure’s Requiem
Cantores Celestes Women’s Choir of Toronto
Directed by Kelly Galbraith
“Libera me” from Fauré’s Requiem
“It is enough” from Elijah by Mendelssohn