Donald Maxwell made his debut with Scottish Opera thirty years ago and has since sung at the BBC Proms, with all the major British Opera companies, and abroad at La Scala Milan, Vienna Staatsoper, Teatro Colon, Buenos Aires, Théâtre Musical de Paris and Salzburg Easter Festival.
He has a repertoire of over 100 roles ranging from Eisenstein in Die Fledermaus to Bottom in A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Other parts include Balstrode, Iago, Wozzeck, Flying Dutchman, Rigoletto, Nick Shadow, Golaud, Faninal and Don Alfonso. He is particularly noted for his portrayal of Falstaff, which he has sung at the Edinburgh International Festival and in London, Paris, New York, Tokyo, Milan and Vienna. He has also been part of several world premieres in works by Holt, Manoury, Harle, Berio and Eotvos.
Maxwell is also Director of the National Opera Studio and Head of Opera Studies at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama.
Recent performances include Baron Zeta in The Merry Widow, and Doctor Bartolo in Barber of Seville for WNO, and Krusina in The Bartered Bride for the Royal Opera House and Arms and the Cow for Opera North.