Deborah Sanders

Arts Management

Paul Whelan


Lyric Bass Paul Whelan spent the last 18 months in his native New Zealand where he joined Christchurch City Choir for Brahms Ein Deutsches Requiem and Handel’s Messiah, and appeared with Bach Musica New Zealand at Auckland Town Hall for Rachmaninoff’s The BellsWith Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra he sang the role of Rocco Fidelio in concert and with Wellington Opera the role of Commendatore Don Giovanni. Lending his talent to local composer Tim Finn of Crowded House, he appeared as Captain James Cook Ihitai ‘Avei’a – Star Navigator for Opera New Zealand, and also sang the roles of Cadmus and Somnus Semele. For Christchurch Symphony Orchestra he sang performances of Mozart’s Requiem.


Recent past appearances include his appearance at Théâtre des Champs-Elysées in the role of Commendatore Don Giovanni in the Garsington Opera production on tour; Mícha The Bartered Bride also at Garsington; the role of Timur Turandot at Opera New Orleans; the world premiere of Stuart MacRae’s opera Anthropocene in the role of Captain Ross for Scottish Opera along with the role of Dikoj Katya Kabanova.  Recently, Paul Whelan made his house debut at Lyric Opera of Kansas City in the role of Gremin Eugene Onegin winning outstanding reviews. He performed The Creation with the Arctic Philharmonic Orchestra and sang selections from the role of Hagen Götterdämmerung with the Jacksonville Symphony.


“Paul Whelan, bass, demonstrates that one can appear in a single scene and still steal the show. His aria as Prince Gremin (“All men surrender to Love’s power”) is sweet and tender, while his bass notes are strong and resonant.”

KC independent, Paul Horsley, 2 October, 2017

“Paul Whelan vividly declaimed Dikoj was equally fresh-minted, bringing a rounded humanity to a part that, in his hands, veered towards comedy as well as tyranny.”

Opera Magazine, Andrew Clark, May 2019

BARTOK Bluebeard’s Castle (Bluebeard)
BEETHOVEN Fidelio (Don Pizarro)*
BELLINI I Puritani (Sir Giorgio)
BERLIOZ Damnation de Faust (Mephistopheles)
BRITTEN Billy Budd (Flint; Claggart)
The Rape of Lucretia (Collatinus)Midsummer Night’s Dream (Theseus, Quince)
DEAN Bliss (Harry Joy)
DEBUSSY Pelleas et Melisande (Arkel)
DONIZETTI Lucia di Lammermoor (Raimondo)
Maria Stuarda (Talbot)
FLOYD Susannah (Blitch)*




Saul (title role)
Rinaldo (Argante)
Theodora (Valens)La Boheme (Schaunard)
MASSENET Don Quichotte (title role)
MONTEVERDI L’incoronazione di Poppea (Seneca)

Il Ritorno D’Ulisse in Patria (Tempo/Nettuno)

MOZART Cosi fan tutte (Don Alfonso)*
Don Giovanni (title role)
Die Zauberflöte (Sarastro)
Le Nozze di Figaro (Bartolo)
MUSSORGSKY Boris Godunov (Pimen)

Khovanshchina (Shaklovity, Dosifey)

OFFENBACH Les contes d’Hoffmann (Four Villains)
RACHMANINOFF The Miserly Knight (title role)
ROSSINI La Cenerentola (Alidoro)
STRAVINSKY The Rake’s Progress (Nick Shadow)
TCHAIKOVSKY Eugene Onegin (Prince Gremin)
VERDI Aida (Ramfis)
Macbeth (Banco)Boccanegra (Fiesco)
WAGNER Das Rheingold (Wotan)
Der fliegende Holländer (Daland)
Parsifal (Titurel)
Tristan und Isolde (King Marke)Götterdämmerung (Hagen)
BACH St Matthew Passion
St John Passion
St John Passion
Cantatas – Ich Habe Genug
BARBER Dover Beach
BRAHMS Requiem
DELIUS Sea Drift
DVORAK Stabat Mater
ELGAR Dream of Gerontius
The Apostles
HANDEL Messiah
Judas Maccabeus
HAYDN Nelson Mass
Pauken Mass
Theresian Mass
The Creation
MAHLER Des Knaben Wunderhorn
MOZART Requiem
Mass in C Minor
MUSSORGSKY Songs and Dances of Death
ROSSINI Petite Messe Solennelle
Stabat Mater
SCHOENBERG Gurrelieder
STANFORD Songs of the Fleet
VAUGHAN WILLIAMS Fantasia on Christmas Carols
Dona Nobis Pacem
VERDI Requiem
WALTON Belshazzar’s Feast