Originally from Ireland and based in Berlin, Paul McNamara has sung in theaters throughout Europe, where his many notable successes have included his recent debut at La Fenice (Venice) as Wagner’s Tannhäuser and his 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 in Rio de Janeiro; and with the Salzburg Easter Festival in a coproduction with 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 Carnegie Hall.
In addition to Wagner’s Erik, Loge, Tannhäuser, Tristan, and Parsifal, Mr. 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 Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra and Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester, at the opera in Bonn in Wagner’s Der fliegende Holländer, and at the Leipzig Opera in Richard Wagner’s Das Liebesverbot and Richard Strauss’ Arabella. Elsewhere, Mr. McNamara reprised his much lauded interpretation of Herodes at the opera in Linz and appeared as Tannhäuser at the Wartburg zu Eisenach, as well as in new productions of this opera in Aachen, Innsbruck, and Venice.