From Ireland, Paul McNamara is an honours music graduate of University College, Cork. He has been the recipient of many prizes and awards, including the Opera scholarship of the Royal College of Music in London and the Bayreuth Bursary of the British Wagner Society. Furthermore he was one of eight finalists in Seattle Opera’s inaugural International Wagner Competition 2006.
Currently based in Berlin, he has sung in several German theatres where his many notable successes have included his critically acclaimed début at the Deutsche Oper Berlin in Braunfels’ Szenen aus dem Leben der heiligen Johanna and the title roles in Wagner’s Tannhäuser & Parsifal at the Mainfranken Theater Würzburg, for both of which he was nominated as “Singer of the Year” in the German magazine “Opernwelt”. Elsewhere he has appeared at the Teatr Wielki in Warsaw, Théâtre Royal de la Monnaie in Brussels, the Stadttheater Bern, Opera Theatre Company, English Touring Opera, Opera Ireland, Northern Ireland Opera, Cape Town Opera, at the Beijing Music Festival, the Janácek Festival in Brno and the Opera Lesna in Sopot (Poland). In December 2010 he appeared at the National Opera in Almaty, Kazakhstan, where he sang Tannhäuser in the first ever production of a Wagner opera in Central Asia.
In addition to Wagner’s Erik, Loge, Tannhäuser, Tristan and Parsifal, McNamara’s extensive repertoire encompasses roles such as Mozart’s Idomeneo, Max in Weber’s Der Freischütz, Vasco da Gama in Meyerbeer’s L’Africaine, Lenski in Tchaikovsky’s Eugen Onegin, Canio in Leoncavallo’s Pagliacci, Barinkay in Johann Strauss’s Der Zigeunerbaron, the Prince in Dvorák’s Rusalka, Herodes in Strauss’s Salome, Bacchus in Strauss’s Ariadne auf Naxos, Tichon in Janácek’s Káta Kabanová, Guido Bardi in Zemlinsky’s Eine florentinische Tragödie, the Tambourmajor in Berg’s Wozzeck, the title role in Britten’s Peter Grimes, Baron de Laubardemont in Krzysztof Penderecki’s The Devils of Loudun and Harold Mitchell in André Previn’s A Streetcar Named Desire.
Also a keen recitalist and concert singer, in December 2001 he made his début at the Berlin Philharmonie singing Finzi’s cantata Dies Natalis with the Deutsches Kammerorchester. Other concert engagements include appearances with the National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland, the RTÉ Concert Orchestra, the Irish Chamber Orchestra, the Nordwestdeutsche Philharmonie, the Neubrandenburger Philharmonie, the SWR-Rundfunkorchester, the Staatskapelle Halle and the Stavangar Symfoniorkester.
Penderecki The Devils of Loudun Teatr Wielki – Opera Narodowa, Warsaw
Paul McNamara navigates Baron de Laubardemont’s stratospheric heights and growing sadism with apparent ease..
The Financial Times, October 2013
Wagner The Flying Dutchman NI Opera
..the bonus of thrilling tenor Paul McNamara’s Erik..
Opera Now, April 2013
Wagner Parsifal Mainfranken Theater Würzburg
Since his sensational debut as Tannhäuser two years ago, the Irish tenor has gained yet more colours and expressive powers. The way he uses his voice to bring dramatic power to his role is just as compelling as his exceptionally clear diction and his credibility as a performer.
Fränkischer Tag, Mai 2011
He is able to build burnished tenor upper registers above a middle register that has a strong baritonal timbre; with this the singer proved particularly impressive in the second and third acts. He brings expression to both dramatic outbursts and passages of lyrical sensitivity with equally exceptional elegance. Throughout it all, his luxurious tenor sound is superbly focussed.
Der Opernfreund, Juni 2011
Wagner Das Rheingold Theater im Pfalzbau Ludwigshafen/Oper Halle
Paul McNamara gave the role of Loge an entirely appropriate tone with his light tenor voice. As a sophisticated operator in a world of ice-cold financial transfers, he was a vocal ray of light in this performance, not least because of his glass-clear intonation, which was balsam for the sensitive ear amidst the sea of colleagues who were muddling their way through the score.
Rhein-Neckar-Zeitung, November 2010
Wagner Tannhäuser Mainfranken Theater Würzburg
“An Irish hero shines on the Wartburg”
The Mainfranken Theater Würzburg impressively demonstrated that they are truly on top of things with Tannhäuser, at least as far as the notoriously difficult title role is concerned. On Saturday last, Irish tenor Paul McNamara delivered a truly inspirational role debut. What a Heldentenor!
… first among them Paul McNamara, who was not only dramatically convincing, but also never seemed run out of steam and, after all the exertions, sang so vividly of “mercy and salvation” that one almost felt one had arrived in Wagnerian tenor heaven.
Fränkischer Tag, May 2009
Paul McNamara’s interpretation of the title role is compelling. Initially somewhat reserved, then later with haunting intensity. I have rarely experienced such a sensitive, even fragile Tannhäuser.
Bayern 5, May 2009
After a brilliantly sung Venusberg scene, Paul McNamara was understandably careful to husband his resources in order not to compromise the difficult third act with the “Rome Narration”. This he accomplished with superb results and his singing maintained its appealing, expressive tone and penetrating force right to the very end.
Das Opernglas, July 2009
The Würzburg Theatre showed a lucky hand in the choice of its guest singers. The Irish-born Paul McNamara made a powerful début as Tannhäuser.
Opernwelt, June 2009
Braunfels Jeanne d’Arc – Szenen aus dem leben der Heiligen Johanna Deutsche Oper Berlin
…Paul McNamara as Saint Michael sings with a vividness and beauty of tone that gives one the impression that there are also excellent schools of singing in Heaven and not only in Ireland.
Berliner Morgenpost, April 2008
Zadnja sprememba: 2014-03-06, 18:09 EDT (Paul McNamara)