British Bass Baritone Henry Waddington enjoys a busy international career.
Recent highlights include the title role in Handel’s Saul at Glyndebourne. Pastor Oberlin in Andrea Breth’s award winning production of Rhim’s Jakob Lenz for Oper Stuttgart, La Monnaie and Berlin Staatsoper and his debut as Baron Ochs in David McVicar’s acclaimed production of Der Rosenkavalier for Opera North.
A nominee for Best Male Singer in the 2016 International Opera Awards, Henry’s operatic repertoire is extensive. Roles include: Rossini’s Don Magnifico/La Cenerentola, Basilio and Dr Bartolo/Barbiere, Mozart’s Leporello, Dr Bartolo and Don Alfonso, Verdi’s Banquo/Macbeth, Ludovicio/Otello, the title role in Falstaff, Handel’s Pallante/Aggripinna, Gobrias/Belshazzar, Valens/Theodora, Caleb/Joshua, Britten’s Swallow/Peter Grimes, Quince and Bottom/A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and Lt. Ratcliff/Billy Budd.
As a concert singer Henry has sung Purcell at the Proms, Messiah on tour with Harry Christophers and The Sixteen, Mozart’s Mass in C for the Salzburg Festival with Ivor Bolton, Puccini Messe di Gloria and Berlioz L’Enfance du Christ with BBC NOW, an international tour of Handel’s Belshazzar with the OAE under René Jacobs and Haydn Sieben Letzten Worten unseres Erlösers am Kreuze at the Edinburgh International Festival. He made his Wigmore Hall debut in 2007 singing Haydn arias with the Classical Opera Company.
Recent and future plans include his debut at Opéra Comique as Prospero in Miranda, a new opera based on the music of Purcell directed by Katie Mitchell, Verdi’s Sir John Falstaff in a new production at the Garsington Festival, Foreman / Jenufa for Netherlands Opera, Dad in Mark Anthony Turnage’s Greek for Scottish Opera, Gobrias / Belshazzar for The Grange Festival and Baron Ochs in Oslo for Den Norske Opera. He will sing Messiah with the Cleveland Orchestra, Ulster Orchestra, Royal Northern Sinfonia and the Orquesta Sinfonica Castilla y Leon, the The Creation with the Huddersfield Choral Society and Beethoven Symphony No 9 with the Classical Opera Company in their 20th Birthday Concert at the Barbican in London.