From Ireland, Paul McNamara is widely acknowledged to be one of the most versatile dramatic tenors of his generation.
Based in Amsterdam and Berlin, he has sung in theatres throughout Europe where his many notable successes have included his debut in Venice at La Fenice as Wagner’s TANNHÄUSER conducted by Omer Meir Wellber and critically acclaimed performances at the Deutsche Oper Berlin in Braunfels’ SZENEN AUS DEM LEBEN DER HEILIGEN JOHANNA. Further afield, the tenor won widespread approbation for his North American debut with the American Symphony Orchestra under its chief conductor Leon Botstein, where his performance in Max von Schillings’ opera MONA LISA was hailed by the audience and critics alike.
Operatic engagements elsewhere include the Teatr Wielki in Warsaw, Théâtre Royal de la Monnaie in Brussels, NI Opera, Cape Town Opera, the Opera Lesna in Sopot (Poland), Opera Ireland, the Janáček Festival in Brno, the National Opera in Almaty, Kazakhstan, the Theatro Municipal, Rio de Janeiro, and with the Salzburg Festival at the Beijing Music Festival. Concert appearances have taken him to many of the world’s leading venues including the Berlin Philharmonie, the Amsterdam Concertgebouw and New York’s Carnegie Hall. In April 2018 the tenor appeared for the first time in Berlin’s newest concert hall, the Pierre Boulez Saal, while other recent concert engagements took him throughout Germany, Austria and Ireland.
In addition to Wagner’s Claudio (Das Liebesverbot), Erik, Loge, Tannhäuser, Tristan, Siegfried and Parsifal, McNamara’s extensive repertoire encompasses roles by Monteverdi, Cavalli, Mozart, Weber, Meyerbeer, Tchaikovsky, Leoncavallo, Dvořák, Strauss, Janáček, Zemlinsky, Berg, Britten, Previn, Penderecki and Adams.
Recent appearances include debuts with the Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin at the Telemann-Festival in Hamburg, at the Amsterdam Concertgebouw with the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra and at the Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern with the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester, at Theater Bonn in Wagner’s DER FLIEGENDE HOLLÄNDER, at the Oper Leipzig in DAS LIEBESVERBOT and Richard Strauss’ ARABELLA, at the Oper Köln in Braunfel’s SZENEN AUS DEM LEBEN DER HEILIGEN JOHANNA and his first Siegfried GÖTTERDÄMMERUNG at the Mainfranken Theater Würzburg.
Engagements in the current season include Mime DAS RHEINGOLD at the Saarländisches Staatstheater and a return to the Oper Köln (Mime SIEGFRIED FÜR KINDER) as well as debuts on the concert platform with the Orchestre national d’Île-de-France (scenes from DIE WALKÜRE and PARSIFAL), the Belgrade Philharmonic Orchestra (SIEGFRIED Act 3) and the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra (TRISTAN UND ISOLDE).
An alumnus of the Royal Irish Academy of Music, Paul McNamara is an honours graduate of the University College Cork, the Cork School of Music and the Royal College of Music London. Currently the Artistic Leader of the Dutch National Opera Academy, he is a founding director and CEO of Opera Collective Ireland and a faculty member at the American Institute of Musical Studies in Graz.