Born in Minneapolis, Minnesota (USA), tenor Corby Welch studied at the University of Minnesota School of Music with Lawrence Weller. Corby moved to Germany in 1998, where he completed his studies with Rudolf Piernay at the Hochschule für Musik Mannheim. During his studies, the tenor participated in masterclasses with Sergei Leiferkus, John Wustman, Kurt Equiluz, and in the Steans Institute of the Ravinia Festival (2000) with Hakan Hagegard, Ernst Haefliger, Martin Katz, Margo Garrett, and Philipp Moll.
In 2010/11 Welch's appearances included Erik (Wagner „Der fliegende Holländer“) in Düsseldorf and at the Latvian National Opera; Tamino at the Nuremberg State Opera; Siegmund in Wagners "Die Walküre," at the Weimar State Theater; Belmonte, Titus, Chevalier de la Force (Poulenc „Dialogues des Carmélites“) and Rosillon (Lehár „Die lustige Witwe“) in Düsseldorf, Concert performances included Beethoven's 9. Sinfonie, Britten's „Serenade for Tenor, Horn and Strings“ and „Nocturne,“ Schumann's "Das Paradies und die Peri", Act III of Wagners „Siegfried,“ and Britten's „War Requiem.“
In 2011/12 Welch debuts as the Kaiser (Strauss „Die Frau ohne Schatten“) and as Quint (Britten „Turn of the Screw“) and will sing performances as Erik, Belmonte, Don José, Chevalier de la Force, Rosillon, and Don Ottavio. Concert projects include Mahler's "Das Lied von der Erde," Mendelssohn's "Elias," Bruckner's "Te Deum," Puccini's "Messa di Gloria," Bruch's „Moses,“and Beethoven's 9. Sinfonie.