Entries by Alfonso

Bachtrack – Fun and frolics at Irish National Opera’s Figaro

” Conductor Peter Whelan and the Irish Chamber Orchestra gave what was an invigorating performance, full of energy and lightness of touch. I was impressed by the crisp articulation and sharp rhythms. The balance was well struck between singers and orchestra allowing the glorious vocal lines to soar.   “ Andrew Larkin, Bachtrack.com

Irish Times: setting high standards for Irish opera

” Under his guidance the Irish Chamber Orchestra in the pit becomes a character in its own right, not just driving and supporting the drama, but effectively commenting on it, too.   Whelan doesn’t just glory in Mozart’s gorgeous writing for wind instruments. He shapes and frames phrases in ways that seem entirely fresh, sometimes generating a […]

Sour Grapes? Signor Ochelli and Figaro’s Irish Connections

Conductor Peter Whelan delves into the history books, revealing Ireland’s intimate connection to the wellspring of classical music, and Irish National Opera’s latest production, The Marriage of Figaro. “In 1786 Kelly sang the roles of Basilio and Don Curzio at the very first performance of The Marriage of Figaro (1786). Kelly claims to have been the first to have heard the Act 3 […]

Irish Times – Peter Whelan a Man of Many Parts

The last time I interviewed Peter Whelan, in 2011, I carried out a background check in my listings files. I came up with a number of Peter Whelans who had been active in Dublin. There was a tenor, a piano accompanist, and another who wrote a work for wind ensemble. They all turned out to […]

Rediscovering Irish State Musick

Rediscovering Irish State Musick was part of the ‘Making Great Art’ Arts Council funding strand. A full website devoted to this project can be explored on www.rediscoveringirishstatemusick.com