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About Peter

Artistic Director: Irish Baroque Orchestra & Marsyas Ensemble Artistic Partner: Irish National Opera Curator for Early Music: Norwegian Wind Ensemble

Peter Whelan is among the most dynamic and versatile exponents of historical performance of his generation, with a remarkable career as a conductor and director. He is also an acclaimed solo artist with an extensive and award-winning discography as a solo bassoonist.

As conductor, Peter has a passion for championing neglected music from the Baroque and Classical eras. Recent engagements have included appearances with English Concert, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Beethoven Orchester Bonn, Netherlands Chamber Orchestra, Portland Baroque Orchestra, Lahti Symphony Orchestra, Oulu Symphony Orchestra and Orchestre de Chambre du Luxembourg.

In the 2022/23 season, Peter conduced Vivaldi’s seldom-performed Bajazet with Irish National Opera, which was met with outstanding reviews and won an Olivier Award for Outstanding Achievement in Opera. He also made his debut at San Francisco Opera, conducting Gluck’s Orfeo ed Euridice.

Highlights of the 23/24 season include Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Monteverdi Choir, English Baroque Soloists, Royal Northern Sinfonia, Dunedin Consort, la festa musicale, Meininger Hofkapelle and Kristiansand Symphony Orchestra. Peter returns to Irish National Opera for a production of Vivaldi’s rarely performed l’Olimpiade in May 2024.

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23/24 Season Highlights

Dec 2023
St Patrick’s Cathedral, Dublin
Handel Messiah Irish Baroque Orchestra Chamber Choir Ireland
Dec 2023
Dom, Kristiansand
Bach Christmas Oratorio Kristiansand Symphony Orchestra Solveig Bergersen, soprano Emma Sventelius, mezzo soprano Petter Moen, tenor Johann Christinsson, bass
Dec 2023
The Glasshouse, Gateshead
Handel Messiah Royal Northern Sinfonia & Chorus. Nardus Williams (soprano) Jess Dandy (alto) Anthony Gregory (tenor) Ashley Riches (bass)