“wondrous tone resounds from top to bottom of his register”
Paul Whelan - Lyric Bass
Born in Christchurch, New Zealand, Paul Whelan’s international career has included debuts at the Metropolitan Opera, Royal Opera Covent Garden, Paris Opera, Bolshoi Opera, Hamburg State Opera, Bavarian State Opera, Netherlands Opera, Welsh National Opera, English National Opera, Opera Australia, Kansas, New Orleans and Boston Lyric Opera.
Recent roles have included Gremin in Eugene Onegin (Lyric Opera Kansas City) Daland in Der Fliegende Hollander (Hawaii, NZ) Timur in Turandot (Opera New Orleans) Raimondo in Lucia di Lammermoor (ENO) Seneca in L’Incoronazione di Poppea (Lille, Dijon) Nick Shadow in The Rake's Progress (NZO), Banco in Macbeth (Opera North), Dikoy in Katya Kabanova (Scottish Opera), Giorgio in I Puritani (Boston Lyric Opera, Opera Victoria), Il Commendatore in Don Giovanni (Garsington festival, Theatre de Champs Elysee), Sarastro in The Magic Flute (Hawaii Opera Theatre), Claudio in Hamlet (Gothenburg), Collatinus in The Rape of Lucretia (Opera Norway), Ramfis in Aida (Opera Australia), Claggart in Billy Budd (Glyndebourne Festival) and Bluebeard in Bluebeard’s Castle (NZO).
Paul is a winner of the Cardiff Singer of the world Lieder prize and pursues a busy concert career.
Read Paul’s full biography here
“mediated charm and chill…smoothest of villains”
“voluminous bass baritone…”