"All three women were excellent. Franzita Whelan's Donna Anna for once not obviously lying in her account of her 'resistance' to Don Giovanni's open sexual attack's..."

Hugh Vickers on 'Don Giovanni'-Garsington Opera

"Franzita Whelan sang beautifully and strongly as the country girl Micaela, emphasising the sincerity of the character and her admiration for Don Jose...

Gus Smith on 'Carmen'- Opera Ireland

"Franzita Whelan was convincing and deeply moving, Her sure vocal technique and easy assumption of the Czech text provided her with a triumphant Dublin debut, marking her as the latest in our impressive list of new Irish singing stars"

"However, it was the Irish Born Franzita Whelan as the sugar coated 'Micaela' who recieved the most rapturous applause..."

Fiona Corless on 'Carmen'- Opera Ireland

"Franzita Whelan's Leonore is touching and tough-minded..."

Andrew Clements - Welsh National Opera

"Franzita Whelan made a fine, intrepid Leonore, and in a few years should be a most dramatic heroine for Fidelio"

David Murray

"Franzita Whelan,a younger Leonore than usual, rose to the technical and emotional demands admirably"

Fiona Maddocks

"Franzita Whelan's Leonore... her tragedy is palpable... Her duet with Marzelline is so well matched it's like listening to double tracking... The moment when she is left with Florestan is profoundly touching."

Roderic Dunnett