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Paul Whelan


  • Paul Whelan incrane un Sénèque noble et convaincant.
    Michel Le Naour,
  • La palme […] de la révélation musicale [revient] à Paul Whelan qui incarne un Sénèque rectiligne et revêtu d’une autorité naturelle.
    Sébastien Foucart, Concertonet
  • Paul Whelan... delivered a solidly sung account and a disturbing dramatic one (as Raimondo at ENO).
    Alexander Campbell, Classical Source
  • Paul Whelan mediated charm with chill as Nick Shadow, the smoothest of villains. Forceful in solo work, he was seductively watchable, enticing the hapless Tom to ignominy and death.
    William Dart, NZ Herald
  • ...the befuddlement of a sensationally headstrong, young King Mark (Paul Whelan, whose wondrous tone resounds from top to bottom of his register).
    The Arts Desk
  • New Zealand-born bass baritone Paul Whelan brought a dark, brooding intensity to the role of Christus...
    Laura Kate Wilson, Bachtrack
  • Paul Whelan is a stalwart and focused Banquo.
    Hilary Finch, The Times
  • Paul Whelan was an impressive young Wotan - his final confrontation with Alberich had the glow of truth and humanity
    William Dart, New Zealand Herald
  • In Season 2014-15, bass-baritone Paul Whelan takes on the role of Daland Der Fliegende Höllander, a role he debuted in New Zealand last season, and revives the role of Giorgio I Puritani, a role with which he previously had great success in a recent new production at Boston Lyric Opera.  Last season’s highlights include his debut as Nick Shadow The Rake’s Progress for Opera New Zealand, and his debut as Banco Macbeth at Opera North in the UK.

    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 roles include the title role Bluebeard’s Castle, Four Villains Les Contes d’Hoffmann ; Argante Handel’s Rinaldo ; Apollon Gluck’s Alceste; St John Passion, Schaunard Leoncavallo’s La bohème, Raimondo Lucia di Lammermoor ; Escamillo Carmen ; and Harry Joy Bliss.

    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.

    • I Puritani, Victorian Opera
      July 2015

      Excellent singing also from Paul Whelan as Elvira's kindly uncle, Sir Giorgio...
      Michael Shmith, The Sydney Morning Herald (3 July 2015)
      The other men were admirable too, especially Paul Whelan (Giorgio Valton), an immensely tall young New Zealander who recently sang the role for the first time with the Boston Lyric Opera. His long Act One duet with Elvira and the aria ‘Cinta di fiori’, which precedes her Act Two mad scene, were highlights of the evening.
      Peter Rose, Australian Book Review (6 July 2015)
    • Parsifal, CBSO
      May 2015

      Paul Whelan’s Titurel, sung from high above the orchestra near the organ, was especially powerful.
      David Karlin, Bachtrack
      The soloists were outstanding, every one an experienced, totally assured Wagner singer and the drama was fiercely etched...
      Andrew Clements, The Guardian
      Paul Whelan was a sonorous Titurel.
      Alexander Campbell, Classical Source
    • The Flying Dutchman, Hawaii Opera Theater
      February 2015

      Bass-baritone Paul Whelan (Daland, Senta’s father)... in (his) HOT debut, delivered (a) fine performance as well.
      Ruth Bingham, Honolulu Pulse
    • I Puritani, Boston Lyric Opera
      May 2014

      His voluminous bass-baritone was expressively sympathetic in their scenes together.
      Angelo Mao, Boston Classical Review
      Whelan’s instrument was remarkably clear throughout its range; he provided, both aurally and visually, a sweet, powerful and awkward opposition to Coburn’s natural grace. His giddy excitement at her happiness balanced his sorrow at her madness.
      Joseph E. Morgan, The Boston Musical Intelligencer
      Paul Whelan is a commanding presence as Sir George Walton, Elvira’s sympathetic uncle, stalwart in his “Liberty Duet” with Richard.
      Jeffrey Gantz, The Boston Globe
      Luckily bass-baritone Paul Whelan (another rising star) was given a bit more rein as Elvira's commanding uncle, and used it to full advantage; with Cook's help he made the opera's famous "Liberty Duet" sternly rousing.
      Thomas Garvey, The Hub Review
      Bass Paul Whelan, singing the role of her uncle and supporter Giorgio, sang with force and intelligence as well, his voice pushed to equally demanding extremes. His aria "Cinta di fiori," at a pivotal moment in act two, had real passion.
      Keith Powers, Milford Daily News
    • Macbeth, Opera North
      February 2014

      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 voices
      Richard 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
      Excellent singing is showcased throughout. Bela Perencz is an imposing Macbeth with a stunning voice that soars across the theatre and he is equally matched by Paul Whelan as Banquo.
      Malcolm Wallace
      Paul Whelan sings Banquo with a rich baritone voice.
      Gavin Englebrecht, The Northern Echo
      This ambitious and imaginative production is blessed with two powerful leads [...] and notable performances from Paul Whelan.
      Paul Hindle, Nottingham Post
    • The Rake’s Progress, Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra
      August 2013

      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
      June 2013

      …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
  • Paul Whelan’s Operatic Repertoire

    • Bluebeard's Castle (Bluebeard)
    • Fidelio (Don Pizarro)*
    • I Puritani (Sir Giorgio)
    • Damnation de Faust (Mephistopheles)
    • Billy Budd (Flint; Claggart)
    • The Rape of Lucretia (Collatinus)
    • Bliss (Harry Joy)
    • Pelleas et Melisande (Golaud)*
    • Lucia di Lammermoor (Raimondo)
    • Maria Stuarda (Talbot)
    • Susannah (Blitch)*
    • Saul (title role)
    • Rinaldo (Argante)
    • Theodora (Valens)
    • Don Quichotte (title role)
    • L'incoronazione di Poppea (Seneca)
    • Cosi fan tutte (Don Alfonso)*
    • Don Giovanni (title role)
    • Die Zauberflöte (Sarastro)
    • Le Nozze di Figaro (Figaro)
    • Boris Godunov (title role)*
    • Les contes d'Hoffmann (Four Villains)
    • The Miserly Knight (title role)
    • La Cenerentola (Alidoro)
    • The Rake's Progress (Nick Shadow)
    • Eugene Onegin (Prince Gremin)
    • Aida (Ramfis)
    • Macbeth (Banco)
    • Das Rheingold (Wotan)
    • Der fliegende Holländer (Daland)
    • Parsifal (Titurel)
    • Tristan und Isolde (King Marke)
    • * in preparation
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