Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Paul McMahon - Tenor, Lecturer in Voice, University of Newcastle

Paul McMahon

A graduate of the University of Southern Queensland (Bachelor of Creative Arts), Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University (Graduate Diploma of Music) and Sydney Conservatorium of Music (Master of Music-Performance), tenor Paul McMahon began his career with the Lyric Opera of Queensland, (now Opera Queensland) where he performed and covered a number of roles including Don Ottavio in Don Giovanni.

Highly regarded for his interpretation of baroque repertoire, particularly the Evangelist in the Passions of J S Bach, Paul’s career includes many performances from the operatic and concert repertoire of the 17th and 18th century.

Highlights include appearances with all the state symphony orchestras of Australia, Australian Chamber Orchestra; Australian Brandenburg Orchestra; Sydney Philharmonia Choirs; Pinchgut Opera; Australia Ensemble; Auckland Philharmonia; Christchurch Symphony; Christchurch City Choir; Royal Melbourne Philharmonic Choir and Australian Brandenburg Ensemble.

Paul McMahon has appeared as soloist in the festivals of Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane and has given concerts for broadcast on ABC Classic FM and the MBS network.

He was a member of The Song Company from 1997 to 2001, touring regularly with this ensemble throughout Australia, Asia and Europe.

A Churchill Fellowship in 2002 enabled Paul to undertake intensive study in baroque repertoire at the Royal Conservatoire in The Hague, Netherlands.

In 2005, Paul was appointed Lecturer in Voice at The University of Newcastle, School of Drama, Fine Art, Music (Conservatorium).

His discography includes the debut solo album A Painted Tale - English, French and Italian lute songs; Handel’s Messiah - a CD and DVD recording broadcast nationally by ABC Television; Monteverdi’s L’Orfeo; Purcell’s The Fairy Queen; Handel’s Semele; Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana and Fauré’s La naissance de Venus.

He is featured on Swoon - A Visual and Musical Odyssey and The Swoon Collection Gold Edition; the Christmas discs Perfect Day, Silent Night and Glorious Night; Prayer for Peace; Eternity; Felix and Me; Danny Boy, Ye Banks and Braes, The Rise and Rise of Australian Rugby; Praise II and the soundtrack to the Australian feature film The Bank.

2006 performances included appearances with Adelaide Symphony Orchestra (Mozart Requiem); The Queensland Orchestra (Mozart Requiem); West Australian Symphony Orchestra (Mozart Mass in C Minor); Australian Chamber Orchestra (Mozart Mass in C Minor); Sydney Philharmonia (Bach Christmas Oratorio; Handel Coronation Anthems; Mozart Requiem); Auckland Philharmonia (Mozart Requiem), Sydney Chamber Choir (Bach’s St Matthew Passion) and further recording projects for ABC Classics.

In 2007, Paul McMahon will perform as soloist with The Queensland Orchestra, Sydney Philharmonia, Melbourne Chorale and the Australian Festival of Chamber Music.

Paul McMahon appears by courtesy of The University of Newcastle.


“…The warm tones of Serbian singer Milijana Nikolic’s rich mezzo underpinned Sarah Crane’s pure soprano floating effortlessly above, with the distinctive edge of Paul McMahon’s tenor balancing Hibbard’s deep basso tones…Patricia Kelly, Opera-Opera, May, 2006

“…Nineteen historic and contemporary versions would seem to be an exercise in aural flagellation. But so fascinating are the numerous incarnations, matched by some stellar interpretations from musicians and singers, the disc never fails to be constantly entertaining…
Bob Crimeen, The Sunday Mail (Adelaide), April 30, 2006 (Re Danny Boy CD)

“…it was a terrific performance particularly from the choirs and Paul McMahon. Paul McMahon gets better and better in the evangelist roles. It is remarkable the way he can sustain this light, flexible, highly expressive, wonderfully coloured sound almost indefinitely. One almost thought he could have done it all again at the end…”Peter McCallum, Sydney Morning Herald, April 2006

Contact details:
Telephone: +61 2 49218919 Mobile: 0421 048 297 Fax: +61 2 4921 8959
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Address: Conservatorium, University of Newcastle, cnr. Auckland and Gibson St
Newcastle NSW, 2300 Australia

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