Paul Whelan begins the 2017-18 season at the Lyric Opera of Kansas City in the role of Gremin Eugene Onegin. He travels to Norway for performances of Haydn Creation with the Norwegian Arctic Philharmonic Orchestra. Back in the US Mr. Whelan sings the role of Hagen in selections from Götterdämmerung with the Jacksonville Symphony. He returns to London to perform Mussorgsky Songs and Dances of Death in the London Song festival.
In recent seasons, bass-baritone Paul Whelan stepped into the roles of Nettuno, Tempo and Antinoo Il ritorno d’Ulisse in patria at The Grange Festival for which he received enthusiastic reviews. He recently added the role of Sarastro Die Zauberflöte to his repertoire which he sang at Hawaii Opera Theatre; in Geneva he joined the Grand Theatre for their new production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream as Quince, and he appeared at Gothenburg Opera for the role of Claudio Hamlet in a new production by Stephen Langridge for which he won sterling reviews.
Recent highlights include the role of Daland Der fliegende Holländer at Hawaii Opera Theatre and New Zealand Opera, Giorgio I Puritani at Boston Lyric Opera and Victorian Opera, and his role debuts as Nick Shadow The Rake’s Progress for Opera New Zealand, Banco Macbeth at Opera North in the UK, and Titurel Parsifal with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra under Andris Nelsons.