From Ireland, Paul McNamara is widely acknowledged to be one of the most versatile dramatic tenors of his generation.
Based in Berlin, he has sung in theatres throughout Europe where his many notable successes have included his recent 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. 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 addition to Wagner’s Erik, Loge, Tannhäuser, Tristan and Parsifal, McNamara’s extensive repertoire encompasses roles by Monteverdi, Cavalli, Mozart, Weber, Meyerbeer, Tchaikovsky, Leoncavallo, Dvořák, Strauss, Janáček, Zemlinsky, Berg, Britten and André Previn.
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 the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester, at Theater Bonn in Wagner’s Der fliegende Holländer and at the Oper Leipzig in Richard Wagner’s Das Liebesverbot and Richard Strauss’ Arabella.
Future plans include role debuts as Chairman Mao in John Adam’s Nixon in China and as Laca in Janáček’s Jenůfa as well as further performances as Tannhäuser, Erik and the Heilige Michael in Braunfels’ Szenen aus dem Leben der heiligen Johanna. In April 2018 the tenor will appear for the first time in Berlin’s newest concert hall, the Pierre Boulez Saal, while other concert engagements will take him throughout Germany, Austria and Ireland.
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. Furthermore, he is a founding director and CEO of Opera Collective Ireland.