Highly regarded for his interpretation of Baroque repertoire (particularly The Evangelist in the passions of J.S. Bach), Paul McMahon has performed many works from the operatic and concert repertoire of the 17th and 18th centuries. He has appeared with all the Australian state symphony orchestras, the Australian Chamber Orchestra, Pinchgut Opera, the Australia Ensemble, Auckland Philharmonia, Christchurch Symphony, Christchurch City Choir, the Royal Melbourne Philharmonic Choir and the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra and Ensemble.
Paul has appeared as soloist in the Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane Festivals and has been broadcast on ABC Classic FM and the MBS network. He was a member of The Song Company from 1997 to 2001, touring regularly 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, and Music (Conservatorium).
His discography includes the solo album of lute songs A Painted Tale; Handel’s Messiah on CD and DVD (and broadcast nationally on ABC-TV); Monteverdi’s L’Orfeo, Purcell’s The Fairy Queen and Handel’s Semele for Pinchgut Opera; Carl Orff’s Carmina burana and Fauré’s La naisance de Vénus. He is featured on Swoon – A Visual and Musical Odyssey and The Swoon Collection Gold Edition; the Christmas disc Silent 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.
In 2009, Paul appears with the Melbourne and Adelaide Symphony Orchestras, The Queensland Orchestra, Auckland Philharmonic Orchestra, Sydney Philharmonia Choirs, Sydney Chamber Choir and the Australia Ensemble.
Paul sang as Apollo in Semele in 2002, as one of the soloists in The Fairy Queen (2003), as Pastore/Eco/Apollo in Orfeo (2004), as Arbace in Idomeneo (2006) and the Voice of the Witch in David & Jonathan (2008).
This bio taken from the last program in which Paul appeared.
Photo by Bridget Elliot
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