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 is now an artist at the Mascarade Opera Studio in Florence, Italy - thanks to the generous support of the King-Farlow Trust and Mr and Mrs Anthony Bolton.

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 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.

In 2020 Xavier was set to make his debut at The Grange Festival, Hampshire singing Theseus in Jonathan Dove’s The Monster in the Maze and the role of Castor in Rameau’s Castor et Pollux with Hampstead Baroque conducted by Jonathan Williams. The global pandemic caused these and much else to be postponed until 2021 when Xavier and the world of live music shall be back in full force...we hope.

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)