Henry Waddington

Bass-baritone

Management

Helen Hogh
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Fiona Wells
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Groves Artists represents Henry Waddington worldwide

Biography

Henry Waddington studied at the Royal Northern College of Music. He has sung regularly with the Glyndebourne Festival (most recently as Christus/Bach St Matthew Passion), Glyndebourne on Tour, Royal Opera House, La Monnaie in Brussels, Liceu in Barcelona, Teatro Real in Madrid, Opera North, Welsh National Opera, English National Opera, Garsington and Grange Park Operas.

His repertoire includes the title role of Falstaff, Banquo/Macbeth, Colline/La bohème, Don Basilio/Il barbiere di Siviglia, Tutor/Le comte Ory, Geronimo/The Secret Marriage, Publio/La clemenza di Tito, Plutone/Orfeo, Valens/Theodora, Soljony/Three Sisters (Eotvos), Leporello/Don Giovanni, Don Magnifico/Cenerentola, Don Fernando/Fidelio, Don Alfonso/Così fan tutte, Pallante/Agrippina, Frère Laurent/Roméo et Juliette and Quince and Bottom/A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

Concert repertoire includes Mozart Mass in C for the Salzburg Festival with Ivor Bolton, Brander/La damnation de Faust for the Philharmonia with Charles Dutoit, Puccini Messe di Gloria with BBC NOW and An international tour of Handel’s Solomon with the OAE. He has performed Kurt Weill’s The Firebrand of Florence with the BBC Symphony Orchestra under Sir Andrew Davis and Haydn Sieben Letzten worten at the Edinburgh International Festival. He made his Wigmore Hall debut in January 2007 singing Haydn arias with the Classical Opera Company.

Recent operatic engagements include Jupiter/Castor and Pollux, Sacristan / Tosca and Lt. Ratcliffe/Billy Budd for English National Opera, Spinellocchio / Gianni Schicci for Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, Bartolo/Figaro for Welsh National Opera, Lt. Ratcliffe for Netherlands Opera, Pallante for the Gran Teatre del Liceu, Barcelona, Kothner / Die Meistersinger for Glyndebourne Festival Opera, Publio/La clemenza di Tito, Lodovico/Otello and Bottom/A Midsummer Night’s Dream for Opera North, Swallow/Peter Grimes for Aldeburgh Festival, as well as concert performances of Wozzeck with the Philharmonia Orchestra under Esa Pekka Salonen in Europe and the US. Concert engagements include Berlioz L’Enfance du Christ with BBC National Orchestra of Wales and Bach St Matthew Passion with Aberdeen Bach Choir.

Recent and future engagements include Rihm’s Jakob Lenz in a new production for the Stuttgart Opera, La Monniae and Deutsche Staatsoper, Berlin, A Midsummer Night’s Dream for the Aix Festival, the title role in Handel’s Saul in Glyndebourne, Baron Ochs / Der Rosenkavalier and Don Magnifico / Cenerentola for Opera North and the title role in Falstaff for Garsington Opera.

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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