Xavier Hetherington

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After reading Classics at St John’s College, Cambridge, British tenor Xavier Hetherington took his Master’s 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, where he trained for 6 months.

Xavier has benefited from the generous support of the King-Farlow Trust, Mr Simon Groves, Mr and Mrs McGowan Stuart and Mr John Rae and is an Opera Prelude Young Artist. He studies with James Platt and Janice Chapman.

Recent and future engagements include Prologue/Peter Quint The Turn of the Screw (Deborah Warner Season at the Ustinov Studio, Bath), Brighella Ariadne auf Naxos (Nederlandse Reisopera), Don José Carmen (Waterperry Opera Festival); Scrofulous/Toady/Seer/Saul in a new Purcell/Pountney project Masque of Might, Dick Dauntless Ruddigore, Shepherd and cover Orpheus (Monteverdi) and Mini Vixen (all Opera North); Soldato 1/Valletto/Mercurio/Famiglari 3/Littore/Consoli L'Incoronazione di Poppea with Harry Bicket and The English Concert Orchestra (Auditorio Nacional, Madrid and Palau de la Musica, Barcelona); Ahasuerus in Handel's Esther with Solomon's Knot (Wigmore Hall, Halle Händel-Festspiele and Musikfestspiele Saar); Mozart's Requiem (Wurzburg Mozart Festival); Tenor solo Singalong Messiah (Reisopera); Lieutenant Kotler in the World Premiere of A Child in Striped Pyjamas (Echo Ensemble); Verdi’s Requiem (Royal Albert Hall); concerts with Opera Prelude and the Royal Philharmonic Society, Shepherd "La liberazione Di Ruggiero Dall’isola D’Alcina" and cover Ferrando Cosí fan tutte (Longborough Festival); 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; and the trio from Bernstein’s Trouble in Tahiti at the Palau de les Arts, Valencia.

Prologue/Quint - The Turn of the Screw - Ustinov Studio, Bath Theatre Royal

...But even this is trumped by his devastating final confrontation with Xavier Hetherington’s mesmerisingly sung Quint

Hugh Canning's Operalogue (December 2023)

Xavier Hetherington’s Quint and Elin Pritchard’s Miss Jessel completed a formidable cast, voices almost too powerful for the acoustic but compelling throughout.

Guardian (December 2023)

Xavier Hetherington’s Peter Quint will haunt you for weeks.

Bristol247 (December 2023)

Xavier Hetherington dominates his scenes as the louche, sinister and manipulative Quint.

The Stage (December 2023)

This was a well-nigh flawless cast: the crucial role of Peter Quint was chillingly depicted by the expressive, other-worldly tenor of Xavier Hetherington,

Bath Echo (December 2023)

The casting was magnificent. Hetherington’s seductive calling of Miles’s name from the tower, with just the celesta as accompaniment, was as chilling and other-worldly as it was alluring.

Opera (February 2024)

Masque of Might - Opera North

tenor Xavier Hetherington brings bright, pliable tone to his quartet of pivotal bit-parts.

The Guardian (October 2023)

The superbly polished singers playing dual roles include soprano Anna Dennis, counter tenors James Laing and James Hall, the tenor Xavier Hetherington...

The Wharfedale Observer (October 2023)

Everyone had their moments in the spotlight. ...a powerful duet (with Xavier Hetherington) from the Welcome Song for King James II, and a profoundly moving prison scene with Hetherington and Brook using O, I'm sick of life leading to the chorus' striking rendition of Hear my prayer, O Lord.

Xavier Hetherington popped up in myriad guises, very much a chameleon, from suave game-show host to mystic Seer, his voice vibrant yet malleable.

Planet Hugill (October 2023)

Don José - Carmen - Waterperry Opera Festival

wonderfully supported by Xavier Hetherington’s Don Jose

OxinaBox (August 2023)

As Don José, Xavier Hetherington enjoys a gentle scene with Micaela, but is at his best at the end of the second act as he tenderly sings to Carmen of his love.

The Stage (August 2023)

The Don José of Xavier Hetherington was vocally beautiful and sensitive to the nuances of his character; his stage presence was strong.

For me the best moments in the evening were the intimate ones – Carmen convincing Don José to take off her handcuffs and let her escape in Act One; the beautifully controlled singing of the Flower Song in Act Two as well as Carmen’s seductive dancing. I was especially moved by the final scene of Don Jose’s pleading and Carmen’s taunting, the evening’s performance rising to the necessary powerful climax. It was dramatically and vocally powerful.

Plays to See (August 2023)

Shepherd-La liberazione di Ruggiero- Longborough Festival

whilst Xavier Hetherington expresses a controlled ardour as the Shepherd who sings of his happy, simpler love.

Classical Source (August 2022)

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)

24th May, 2024

Ahasuerus - Handel's Esther - Solomon's Knot - Musikfestspiele Saar (St Wendel)

25th May, 2024

Ahasuerus - Handel's Esther - Solomon's Knot - Halle Händel-Festspiele

27th May, 2024

Ahasuerus - Handel's Esther - Solomon's Knot - Wigmore Hall

15th June, 2024

Mozart Requiem - Würzburg

26th October, 2024

Ruddigore - Opera North

30th October, 2024

2pm Ruddigore - Opera North

01st November, 2024

Ruddigore - Opera North

02nd November, 2024

2.30pm Ruddigore - Opera North

02nd November, 2024

7.30pm Ruddigore - Opera North

07th November, 2024

Ruddigore - Opera North (Newcastle)

14th November, 2024

Ruddigore - Opera North (Lowry)

21st November, 2024

Ruddigore - Opera North (Nottingham)