Henry Waddington

Bass-baritone

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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 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.

 

 

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Reviews

  • Verdi's Falstaff at Garsington Opera

    Any Falstaff rises and falls by its eponymous hero, and Henry Waddington’s Sir John is a rather subtler characterisation than we might expect. Beginning from a surprisingly muted start, Waddington steadily excavates his character with forensic skill. With his unending self-delusions, and his secret fears about growing old, death is never far from Falstaff, and Waddington never lets us forget that, even as he girds his loins (literally) for his ill-fated romantic expeditions in kilt and sporran. Falstaff’s castigation of honour, and his first “Va, vecchio John” invite us inside the character, but it is when he emerges, filthy, from the Thames to sing “Mondo ladro. Mondo rubaldo…” that the devastating inner sadness hits us, and Falstaff’s connection to Rigoletto, another Verdi tortured clown, feels unmistakeable.

    Charlotte Valori Bachtrack
  • La Cenerentola at Opera North

    … their father the Don who’s a party piece for Italian speed-singers and, in Collins’s production, a show-stealing opportunity that Waddington grabs with both hands. The burly bass-baritone is a comic scream as proprietor, tutor and fleecer of proud parents at ‘Don Magnifico’s Scuola di danza’. Always game for a self-deprecating sight gag, this formidable artist also sings dazzlingly and natters Rossini’s patter to the manner born.

    Mark Valencia What's On Stage

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