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New Zealand-born bass baritone Paul Whelan brought a dark, brooding intensity to the role of Christus...Laura Kate Wilson, Bachtrack
Bass-baritone Paul Whelan begins the 2013-14 Season with his debut in two new roles: Nick Shadow The Rake’s Progress and Daland Der fliegende Holländer, both for NBR Opera New Zealand. He travels to the UK to join Opera North in its new production of Macbeth in the role of Banco, and continues to the US to make his debut with Boston Lyric Opera as Giorgio I Puritani, also a new production.
Recent successes include his return to Opera Australia as Ramfis Aida, and an appearance at Grant Park Music Festival in Chicago for Beethoven’s Mass in C. He sang Jesus in fully staged performances of St. Matthew Passion in Brisbane, and appeared as Seneca in a new production of L’Incoronazione di Poppea in Lille, Dijon and at Glyndebourne Festival Opera. Other notable appearances include Theseus in the new production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream for English National Opera, Collatinus The Rape of Lucretia for Opera Norway as well as Bach’s St. Matthew Passion for the Leeds International Concert Season. Additionally he appeared at Glyndebourne in two other roles: Claggart in their new production of Billy Budd, and Alidoro La Cenerentola. He sang his first Wotan in Das Rheingold with the Auckland Philharmonic to critical acclaim.
Other significant engagements include the title role in Bluebeard’s Castle with NBR Opera New Zealand; Four Villains Les Contes d’Hoffmann at Southern Opera; Argante in Handel’s Rinaldo in Munich; Apollon in Gluck’s Alceste at the Dresden Festival; a staged production of Bach’s St John Passion (directed by Deborah Warner), Schaunard in a new production of Leoncavallo’s La bohème, Raimondo Lucia di Lammermoor all at English National Opera; Escamillo Carmen at Welsh National Opera; and Harry Joy Bliss at Hamburg State Opera and world premieres of The Assassin Tree by Stuart MacRae in a joint production with the Royal Opera House and the Edinburgh Festival, and Bird of Night by Dominique Legendre, also for the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden.
Concert appearances include Stanford’s Songs of the Fleet with Ulster Orchestra, Mountararat in Gilbert and Sullivan’s Iolanthe with San Francisco Symphony, The Dream of Gerontius (Priest and Angel of Agony) which he sang at Grant Park Music Festival in Chicago, in Berlin, Salisbury and in New Zealand; the bass soloist in Mozart’s Coronation Mass with Eugene Symphony Orchestra; a return to the London Bach choir for St Matthew’s Passion at the Festival Hall; the world premiere of Terra Incognita, a symphonic cantata for bass soloist and choir written for the artist by Gareth Farr and performed by the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra.
Other orchestral engagements include St. Matthew Passion with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and London Bach Choir, Judas The Apostles at Leeds Festival, Mussorgsky’s Songs and Dances of Death with the Ulster Orchestra recorded for BBC Radio 3; Walton’s Belshazzar’s Feast with the Orquesta Sinfonica de Madrid (broadcast live), a series of concerts with Sir Charles Mackerras and the Sydney Symphony Orchestra; Schoenberg’s Gurrelieder at the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow, Delius’s Sea Drift in Osaka, Valens in Handel’s Theodora with Scottish Chamber Orchestra, also presented in Winterthur, Switzerland.
Conductors with whom he has collaborated include Sir Simon Rattle, Kent Nagano, Richard Hickox, Yehudi Menuhin, Valery Gergiev, Gary Bertini, and Vassily Sinaisky; he has given recitals at Wigmore Hall, The Purcell Room, Cardiff’s St David’s Hall, Cheltenham Festival, BBC Pebble Mill, Perth Festival and at the Chátelet Theatre in Paris. Recordings include A Midsummer Night’s Dream with the London Symphony Orchestra under Sir Colin Davis (Philips), Kurt Weill’s Silber See under Markus Stenz (BMG); recordings with the BBC Philharmonic for Chandos and with the BBC Scottish Symphony for Hyperion.
Macbeth, Opera North
Paul Whelan is a stalwart and focused Banquo.Hilary Finch, The Times
The minor parts are strongly cast, headed by Paul Whelan's authoritative Banquo.Ron Simpson, What’s on Stage
Paul Whelan’s rich baritone and his attention to fine details turn his Banquo into a major presence.Richard Wilcocks, Bachtrack
Paul Whelan’s tall, charismatic Banquo... comes into his own during his supernatural second coming, nonchalantly discarding his jacket, shirt and waistcoat in front of a terrified Macbeth.Graham Rickson, The Arts Desk
Paul Whelan as Banquo and Jung Soo Yun as Macduff, added huge depth of feeling to their characters with their glorious voicesRichard Trindler, Yorkshire times
The tall and imposing figure of New Zealand bass Paul Whelan in his Opera North debut creates a richly sonorous Banquo in his opening duet with Macbeth and really comes into his own as the Ghost of Banquo.Opera Britannia
The Rake’s Progress, Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra
Paul Whelan mediated charm with chill as Nick Shadow, the smoothest of villains. He was seductively watchable, enticing the hapless Tom to ignominy and death.William Dart, NZ Herald
Wagner Concert, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic
…the befuddlement of a sensationally headstrong, young King Mark (baritone Paul Whelan, whose wondrous tone resounds from top to bottom of his register).Roderick Dunnett, The Arts Desk
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