My holiday: Paul Whelan

Paul Whelan who sings the role of Daland in NZ Opera's production of Wagner's 'The Flying Dutchman'.
Paul Whelan who sings the role of Daland in NZ Opera's production of Wagner's 'The Flying Dutchman'.

What was your greatest holiday?

Two weeks in Biarritz. After several years in Europe for study and work it was great to finally discover scenery in Europe that can almost compete with New Zealand. Pounding surf, gourmet food and amazing mountains. Just my cup of tea.

And the worst?

A post-breakup, solitary week in Cairns. A holiday for two with reduced cast.

If we bump into you on holiday, what are you most likely to be doing?

You'd most likely find me searching for "dinosaur fossils" (aka, rocks and sticks) with my four-year-old son.

What's your dream destination?

Tibet. I like being in the mountains.

What's the dumbest thing you've ever done when travelling?

Lock my passport carefully in a hotel safe in central Madrid. Only remembered this checking in at the airport the next day.

What's always in your hand luggage?

"iVictim" toys - iPhone, iPad, etc. And wires.

What's the best thing you've brought back from a trip?

I picked up a nice duvet in Arles, a bear hat in Moscow, a chess set in Lithuania, and a giant ornamental hookah from the Old Market in Jerusalem ... and my son was conceived on a holiday around Mt Cook, so I guess that counts.


Paul Whelan sings the role of Daland in New Zealand Opera's production of Wagner's The Flying Dutchman, opening in Wellington on Saturday and in Auckland on Saturday October 5.

- NZ Herald

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