Xavier Hetherington

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Having graduated from St John’s College, Cambridge, with a degree in Classics, Xavier moved to Moscow where he studied with Professor Pyetr Sergeevich Gluboki. On his return to the UK he learned privately with Christine Cairns before being accepted into the Royal College of Music as Their Serene Highnesses Dr Prince Donatus and Princess Heidi Von Hohenzollern scholar. He receives additional support from Opera Prelude and currently studies with Russell Smythe.

In summer 2020 Xavier will play the role of Theseus in the Grange Festival’s production of Jonathan Dove’s The Monster in the Maze. Recent engagements include the title role in Monteverdi’s l’Orfeo at the Minack Theatre, Cornwall; Lensky Eugene Onegin, title role Jephtha, Amor in Gluck’s Orfeo ed Eurydice; Sailor Dido and Aeneas, Don Curzio and Basilio Le Nozze di Figaro (Dartington Festival), Sir Thomas Allen’s acclaimed production of Le Nozze di Figaro and the Page in Menotti’s Amahl and the Night Visitors (Bampton Classical Opera); and Il Barbiere di Siviglia and La Damnation de Faust (Glyndebourne Festival Chorus).

As a concert soloist Xavier has sung throughout England including St John’s Smith Square and Wigmore Hall; Salisbury, Ely and Winchester Cathedrals and Dorchester Abbey. He is a young artist for Opera Prelude and regularly gives concerts and lecture-recitals in London and Henley on Thames. He has worked with conductors such as Jane Glover CBE, John Lubbock, Michael Rosewell, Robin Ticciati and Rafael Payare and participated in masterclasses with well known artists such as Gerald Finley, Della Jones, Sir John Tomlinson, Dame Felicity Lott and Joan Rogers.

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)

18th July, 2020

Theseus - Monster in the Maze - Grange Festival

19th July, 2020

Theseus - Monster in the Maze - Grange Festival