Justin Welsh

Baritone

 

Justin Welsh

Baritone

Canadian Citizenship

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 “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 bohème 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 was Vivier’s Music für das Ende produced by Soundstreams with upcoming performances in Toronto and he was also heard in Against the Grain’s on-going project, Bound.

This coming season, he looks forward to a variety of repertoire beginning with Baron Duphol in La traviata for Edmonton Opera followed by Verdi’s Requiem for the Okanagan Symphony, Balthazar in Amahl and the Night Visitors for Calgary Opera, Soundstreams’ Electric Messiah, Schubert’s Fierabras for VOICEBOX: Opera in Concert, an Opera Gala for Niagara Symphony and the World Premiere of Barbara Croall’s miziwie (everywhere) for Pax Christi Chorale at Koerner Hall.  

A former member of the Canadian Opera Company Ensemble Studio, he was featured in Ensemble productions of Swoon (World Premiere), Così 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 of Music Degree from the University of British Columbia and participated in young artist programmes in the Czech Republic and in Sulmona, Italy.

September 2018

OPERA

Bellini Riccardo I PURITANI
Bizet Dancaire/Morales CARMEN
Britten Sid
Noye
ALBERT HERRING
NOYE’S FLUDD
Donizetti Belcore L’ELISIR D’AMORE
  Duke of Nottingham ROBERTO DEVEREUX
Floyd Reverend Blitch SUSANNAH
Gershwin Frazier PORGY AND BESS
Gounod Wagner FAUST
Heggie Queequeg MOBY DICK
Humperdinck Father/Sandman HANSEL UND GRETEL
Janáček Lapak
Blacksmith
CUNNING LITTLE VIXEN
THE HOUSE OF THE DEAD
Lehár Danilo DIE LUSTIGE WITWE
Massenet Lescaut/Count des Grieux MANON
Mozart Don Giovanni
Figaro/Count Almaviva
DON GIOVANNI
LE NOZZE DI FIGARO
  Papageno DIE ZAUBERFLÖTE
Puccini Schaunard/Marcello LA BOHÈME
Rossini Fiorello/Figaro IL BARBIERE DI SIVIGLIA
Tchaikovsky Zaretski EUGENE ONEGIN
Verdi Rodrigue DON CARLOS

CONCERT

Bach Cantata 78,140
Magnificat in D major
Matthäus Passion
Beethoven Mass in C
  Symphony No. 9
Elgar Dream of Gerontius
Fauré Requiem
Handel Messiah
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]

 

NEWS


FIERABRAS
FOR OPERA IN CONCERT
JUSTIN WELSH sings the role of Boland in Schubert’s Fierabras with Voicebox: Opera in Concert. Performance on February 3, 2019. operainconcert.com



AMAHL & THE NIGHT 
VISITORS WITH CALGARY OPERA
JUSTIN WELSH is Balthazar in Amahl & the Night Visitors with Calgary Opera. Performances run from December 7 through 9, 2018. calgaryopera.com



VERDI’S REQUIEM IN OKANAGAN

JUSTIN WELSH sings Verdi’s Requiem with the Okanagan Symphony on November 9 through 11, 2018. okanagansymphony.com



LA TRAVIATA
WITH EDMONTON OPERA
Baritone JUSTIN WELSH is Baron Duphol in La traviata with Edmonton Opera from October 20 to 26, 2018. edmontonopera.com

VIDEOS

Libera Me from Faure’s Requiem

Cantores Celestes Women’s Choir of Toronto

Directed by Kelly Galbraith