“Damian Whiteley, a true basso profondo, was a genial Sarastro”
OPERA April 2015
“Whiteley was in commanding form in both roles, dominating the stage with his powerful presence and resonant bass voice”
Bangkok Post December 2015
After studying piano, violin from an early age, Australian bass Damian Whiteley gained a degree in music & languages at the University of Sydney, later studying at Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester & on the young artist programme (IOS) at Opernhaus Zürich. Damian speaks English, French, German, Italian and Spanish.
As a member of l'Académie Européenne de Musique, participation in Peter Brook’s production of Don Giovanni conducted by Claudio Abbado/Daniel Harding at Festival d'Aix-en-Provence & subsequent world tour. Damian has performed regularly with William Christie & Les Arts Florissants: notably at Teatro Real Madrid (Monteverdi's L'Incoronazione di Poppea), and the Opera Comique in Paris (Deborah Warner’s production of Purcell's Dido & Aeneas), both productions on DVD. Appearances with Pinchgut Opera as Caronte/Plutone in Monteverdi’s Orfeo and Ismenor in Rameau’s Dardanus. Highlights include the title role in Salieri's Falstaff, Gazzaniga's Don Giovanni, Paisiello's Il Barbiere di Siviglia, Phanuel in Massenet’s Herodiade, Rossini’s La Gazza Ladra at the Wildbad Rossini Festspiel (CD on Naxos) and a Mozart pasticcio, Musica Speranza at the Salzburg Landestheater.
Recently he appeared as Bartolo in Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro with Lyric Opera Dublin, Grande Inquisitore in Verdi’s Don Carlo in Valladolid, a recording of Lindpainter’s Il Vespro Siciliano at Wildbad, the world premiere of Somtow’s Dan No Ura and Sarastro in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte for Opera Siam in Bangkok as well as leading roles in Burridhat & Suwana Sama in the monumental DasJati cycle, the role of Osmin (cover) in Mozart’s Die Entführung aus dem Serail for Garsington Opera in the UK, Schubert’s Sakuntala with Bangkok Symphony Orchestra, and with Richard Bonynge for the Centenary Gala of the Sydney Conservatorium of Music in Haydn’s Orfeo ed Euridice. He has recorded a solo CD Bass Instinct with Aria-Award-winning pianist Tamara-Anna Cislowska and toured Australia, New Zealand, Germany, & Switzerland (including at the Siam Society in Bangkok) in mozart & ME, a one-man show by Melvyn Morrow, based on the life of Mozart’s librettist, Lorenzo Da Ponte.