Xavier Hetherington
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After reading Classics at St John’s College, Cambridge, British tenor Xavier Hetherington took his masters degree at the Royal College of Music as a Their Serene Highnesses Dr Prince Donatus and Princess Heidi Von Hohenzollern scholar. He graduated in 2020 with distinction and moved on to the Mascarade Opera Studio (MOS) in Florence, Italy. After nine months in Florence Xavier was accepted into the Centre de Perfeccionament at the Palau de les Arts Reina Sofia in Valencia, and he has just come to the end of a 6 month period there. Xavier has benefited from the generous support of the King-Farlow Trust, Mr Simon Groves, Mr and Mrs Anthony Bolton and Mr John Rae. He studies with James Platt and Christine Cairns.

Xavier has enjoyed several years of concert and opera singing in the United Kingdom and abroad singing at halls such as St John Smith Square and Wigmore Hall and with conductors such as Dame Jane Glover, Robin Ticciati, John Lubbock and Rafael Payare. His recent engagements include an opera gala at the 20th anniversary of the Encuentro de la Música in the Palacio de Festivales, Santander; Lensky Eugene Onegin, Tebaldo I Capuleti e i Montecchi and Don Ramiro La Cenerentola in a scenes showcase at La Fenice in Venice with MOS; covering Ferrando Cosí fan tutte for Longborough Festival Opera, and the tenor in the trio from Bernstein’s Trouble in Tahiti at the Palau de les Arts in Valencia.

Further operatic engagements include Orfeo in Monteverdi’s l’Orfeo at the Minack Theatre Cornwall, Torquemada in the RCM’s production of Ravel’s L’heure Espagnole and singing in the Glyndebourne chorus in the festival of 2019.

Orfeo, The Minack Theatre

The tenor Xavier Hetherington, who spent his summer singing at Glyndebourne, is the besotted Orfeo, who all too briefly beds his bride Eurydice, played by the gorgeous Steffi Fashokun...
Xavier sings so clearly, so tenderly alongside the wonderful mezzo soprano Rose Stachniewska, and guitar playing pure-voiced bass baritone Andrew Slater.

Jenni Balow (September 2019)