Henry Waddington

Bass-baritone

Management

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Fiona Wells
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Groves Artists represents Henry Waddington worldwide

Biography

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 Stuggart, 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.

Plans for the 2017/18 season include his debut at Opera Comique as Prospero in Miranda, a new opera based on the music of Purcell directed by Katie Mitchell. His debut as Verdi’s Sir John Falstaff in a new production at the Garsington Festival, Dad in Mark Anthony Turnage’s Greek for Scottish Opera and Baron Ochs in Oslo for Den Norske Opera in their 2018/19 season. He will be singing Messiah with the Ulster Orchestra, 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.

 

 

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Reviews

  • Saul (Glyndebourne - tour)

    Bass-baritone Henry Waddington is the new Saul (although he played the role for three performances during August) and, tell it not in Gath, he actually improves on the great Christopher Purves. Waddington’s performance as a fragile king who’s beset by jealous demons is one of the year’s most searing and selfless examples of operatic acting. His jealousy in the face of David’s Goliath-slaying popularity is chilling; his reversion to childish dependency at the expressive breast of Colin Judson’s repellent Witch of Endor unaccountably touching. You’d call it barnstorming were his interpretation not streaked through with so much subtlety… Waddington’s Saul is the most powerful performance I’ve seen on an operatic stage this year.

    Mark Valencia What’s on Stage
  • Opera North's glittering Midsummer Night's Dream

    Henry Waddington is a terrific Bottom. He proves himself to be yet another true descendant of Will Kemp, possibly the original stand-up, who invented the part with Shakespeare, a versatile performer who is as much at home blustering and strutting like a village Mussolini in this part as he was when he gave us such a charismatic Caleb earlier this year in Joshua.

    Richard Wilcocks Bachtrack

News

  • Henry Waddington to sing his first Baron Ochs at Opera North in 2016/17
    06.09.16

    Henry Waddington to sing his first Baron Ochs at Opera North in 2016/17

  • Roderick Williams wins the singer category in 2016 RPS Awards
    11.05.16

    Roderick Williams wins the singer category in 2016 RPS Awards

  • Ingpen artists to feature in Glyndebourne Festival 2017
    09.05.16

    Ingpen artists to feature in Glyndebourne Festival 2017

  • Ingpen artists star in Opera North’s 16/17 season
    26.04.16

    Ingpen artists star in Opera North’s 16/17 season

  • Ingpen & Williams Artists feature widely in the RPS Awards shortlist
    03.04.16

    Ingpen & Williams Artists feature widely in the RPS Awards shortlist

  • Ingpen & Williams artists feature in Opera Awards shortlist
    01.03.16

    Ingpen & Williams artists feature in Opera Awards shortlist