Xavier graduated in Classics from St John’s College, Cambridge in 2015, where he remained for a further year as a choral scholar and lay clerk.
While a student he participated in many Cambridge University Opera Society productions, playing roles such as Monostatos (The Magic Flute), Satan (Temptations by Rhiannon Randle), the title role in a staging of Handel’s oratorio, Jephtha and Lensky (Eugene Onegin). He has appeared as a soloist on many recordings by St John’s College Choir, most notably singing Mendelssohn’s Ave Maria on ‘The Call’. Xavier has sung as a soloist in many venues across the country and abroad, including at the Ambronnay Festival with the consort Ghislieri Musica and in performances of Bach’s St John Passion in Ely Cathedral and Mozart’s Requiem in Salisbury Cathedral. In September he will start begin postgraduate studies as a scholar at the Royal College of Music. He has recently returned from playing the usually Soprano role of Amor in Gluck's Orfeo ed Eurydice with the New Generation Festival in Florence.
'Ethereal' Gramophone Magazine
'Particular mention has to go to Hetherington as Lensky. Some of his arias were hauntingly beautiful, and his solo before his fatal duel with Onegin is still lodged in my brain.' The Cambridge Tab
'Hetherington imbued Satan with an immense amount of character in his unsettlingly slimy portrayal, showing an impressive control in his upper register' The Cambridge Student
'Hetherington deserves a special mention for his moving performance as the tragic love poet.' Varsity
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Xavier will sing the tenor solos in Mozart's masterpiece with the choir and orchestra of Bournemouth University in Winchester Cathedral . Tickets can be purchased here: https://www.tickets.winchester-cathedral.org.uk/en-GB/shows/bournemouth%20university%20-%20arts%20university%20choirs%20-%20orchestras/events
Xavier will be playing the sailor in a double bill of the New Generation Festival production of Henry Purcell's 'Dido and Aeneas' at Brasserie Zedel in London. https://www.brasseriezedel.com/live-at-zedel/purcells-dido-and-aeneas