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Born in New Zealand, the baritone Paul Whelan studied at the Wellington Conservatoire and the Royal Northern College of Music, where he won several prestigious prizes and scholarships. In 1993 he won the Lieder Prize in the Cardiff Singer of the World Competition. He pursues a busy concert and recital career. Engagements have included concerts under Rattle, Nagano, Hickox, Menuhin and Sinaisky. He has performed with many leading British orchestras, as well as with the RIAS Berlin Chamber Choir and the Budapest Symphony Orchestra. He has given recitals at the Wigmore Hall, St David’s Hall in Cardiff, the Cheltenham Festival, for the BBC Pebble Mill, all accompanied by Julius Drake, and a recital at the Châtelet Theatre in Paris, accompanied by David Harper. Recordings include A Midsummer Night’s Dream with the London Symphony Orchestra under Sir Colin Davis, and Kurt Weill’s Silbersee under Markus Stenz. Highlights have included his débuts at Covent Garden, the Netherlands Opera and the Metropolitan Opera, with appearances and recordings with major companies throughout Europe and in America.

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