Paul Whelan


Paul Whelan begins the 2019-20 season at Théâtre des Champs-Elysées in the role of Commendatore Don Giovanni, a role he sang in the summer at Garsington Opera. The artist travels to Teatro Municipal de Santiago to sing the role of High Priest of Bel Nabucco. He then rejoins NBR Opera New Zealand for Semele (Cadmus/Somnus) and a recital followed by King Mark in Tristan and Isolde with Opera Queensland.

Paul began last season at Opera New Orleans in the role of Timur Turandot. At Scottish opera he performed the world premiere of Stuart MacRae’s opera Anthropocene in the role of Captain Ross and stepped into the role of Dikoj Katya Kabanova. While singing Commendatore at Garsington Opera he also sang the role of Mícha The Bartered Bride. In his native New Zealand, Paul joined Christchurch Symphony Orchestra for performances of Mozart Requiem.

“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