Dr Paul McMahon

Dr Paul  McMahon

Deputy Head of School
School of Music

Senior Lecturer in Music
School of Music

Voice
Classical

ANU School of Music, Building 100, William Herbert Place

paul.mcmahon@anu.edu.au

+61 2 6125 5770

B. Cr. Arts(Music)(USQ), Grad. Dip. Mus.(QCGU), M. Mus.(Perf.)(USyd), PhD(QCGU)

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Tenor Paul McMahon is a graduate of Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University (Doctor of Philosophy, Graduate Diploma of Music), Sydney Conservatorium of Music (Master of Music (Performance)) and the University of Southern Queensland (Bachelor of Creative Arts). In 2002, he was awarded a Churchill Fellowship for intensive study of Baroque repertoire under Marius van Altena at the Royal Conservatoire in The Hague. Published regularly through Taylor and Francis (https://www.tandfonline.com), Springer (http://www.springer.com), Australian Academic Press (https://www.australianacademicpress.com.au) and ABC Classic FM (http://www.abc.net.au/classic/), Paul’s research interests include historical performance practice, music performance and vocal pedagogy. He is currently a Senior Lecturer in Music, Deputy Head and Convenor of Performance at the School of Music, The Australian National University.

Performing regularly as a soloist with symphony orchestras, chamber music groups and choirs throughout Australia, New Zealand and Asia, Paul McMahon is one of Australia’s leading exponents of baroque repertoire, particularly the Evangelist role in the Passions of J. S. Bach. Career highlights include Bach’s Johannes Passion with the Australian Chamber Orchestra (http://www.aco.com.au/) under Richard Tognetti; Bach’s Matthäus-Passion with the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra under Roy Goodman (http://www.roygoodman.com/); Haydn’s Die Schöpfung with the Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra under Richard Hickox, Mozart’s Great Mass in C Minor with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra under Masaaki Suzuki (http://www.mso.com.au/) and Mozart’s Requiem with the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra (http://www.hkpo.com/eng/home/index.jsp) under Manfred Honeck. Paul’s recent collaborations include recitals with the renowned pianists Bengt Forsberg and Kathryn Stott (http://www.kathrynstott.com/index.htm), the New Zealand String Quartet (https://nzsq.org.nz) and the Australia Ensemble (http://www.ae.unsw.edu.au/). Paul has appeared as soloist in Opera Australia’s annual Williamstown concert, he performed Don Ottavio in Don Giovanni for Opera Queensland and principal roles in Semele, The Fairy Queen, L’Orfeo, Idomeneo and David and Jonathan for Pinchgut Opera. He has appeared as soloist in the Australian Festival of Chamber Music, the festivals of Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane and he has given concerts for broadcast on BBC Radio 3, ABC Classic FM and the MBS network. Paul was a member of The Song Company from 1996 to 2001, touring regularly with this vocal ensemble throughout Australia, Asia and Europe, and a member of Sounds Baroque (2003–2005) in the Musica Viva in Schools program. He is a featured artist with Tommie Andersson (lute) and Daniel Yeadon (viola da gamba) in the Musica Viva Australia Countrywide Program.

Paul’s discography includes the solo album of English, French and Italian lute songs entitled A Painted Tale; a CD and DVD recording of Handel’s Messiah; Handel’s Semele; Monteverdi’s L’Orfeo; Purcell’s The Fairy Queen; Mozart’s Requiem and Idomeneo, 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; Danny Boy, Ye Banks and Braes, Praise II and the soundtrack to the Australian feature film The Bank. These recordings are available through ABC Online (http://shop.abc.net.au/) and buywell.com (http://www.buywell.com/cgi-bin/buywellic2/indexb.html). This season, Paul’s appearances include the Evangelist in Bach’s Johannes-Passion for Christ Church, South Yarra, and a recital of art songs by Calvin Bowman at the Melbourne Recital Centre.

  • Historical performance practice
  • Vocal performance and the pedagogy of singing
  • Music performance research

Book and book chapters

  • McMahon, Paul G. (2014). “Handel and the voice practitioner: Perspectives on performance practice and higher education pedagogy“ in Teaching singing in the 21st century. Scott D. Harrison & Jessica O’Bryan (eds). Dordrecht: Springer, pp. 263–286.
  • McMahon, Paul G. (2010). “Classical voice pedagogy in Greater Newcastle: The singing teacher’s perspective.” In Perspectives on teaching singing: Australian vocal pedagogues sing their voices, Scott D. Harrison (ed.). pp. 66–82. Brisbane: Australian Academic Press.
  • McMahon, Paul G. (2009). George Frideric Handel and Giovanni Battista Draghi: Two contrasting approaches to text setting in John Dryden’s A Song for St Cecilia’s Day, 1687. Köln: Lambert Academic Publishing.

Conference Publications (Peer-reviewed)

  • McMahon, Paul G. (2013). Dialogue and collective interaction: Informants upon the collaborative interpretation of Baroque performance practice. Proceedings of the International Symposium on Performance Science, Vienna (August, 2013).
  • McMahon, Paul G. (2013). Practitioner reflections on higher education pedagogy: Performance practice and the music of Handel. Proceedings of the 8th International Conference of Voice Teachers, pp. 147–156, Brisbane (July, 2013). ISBN 978-0-9922713-0-5.

Journal articles (Peer-reviewed)

  • McMahon, Paul G. (2017). ‘Darkness and light: Handel’s rhetorical vocal writing in the English oratorio Samson’. Journal of Music Research Online, Vol. 8, Sydney: Music Council of Australia, pp.1–27.
  • McMahon, Paul G. (2015). ‘Tudor and Jacobean England: Observations on secular and sacred vocal music’. Musicology Australia. Vol. 37/ 1, Abingdon: Taylor and Francis, 85 – 89.
  • McMahon, Paul G. (2006). ‘Draghi and Handel: Two contrasting approaches to John Dryden’s Song for St Cecilia’s Day, 1687’. Australian Voice, Vol. 12, Journal of the Australian National Association of Teachers of Singing, pp. 32–38.

Conference Presentations

  • McMahon, Paul G (2017). Now touch the air softly: Reflections on art songs in the recording studio. International Symposium on Practice as Research, Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, Hong Kong (December 2017).
  • McMahon, Paul G. (2015). The dialogue of friendship: Musical discourse and character relationships in Handel’s Jephtha. 38th National Conference of the Musicological Society of Australia, Sydney (October 2015).
  • McMahon, Paul G. (2015). Darkness to light: Reflections upon Handel’s rhetorical vocal writing in the English oratorio Samson. Australian and New Zealand Association for Medieval and Early Modern Studies 10th Biennial International Conference, Brisbane (July 2015). 
  • McMahon, Paul G. (2014). Rhetorical devices in sacred and secular realms: The musico-dramatic structures of Bach and Handel. The Voice and the History of Emotions Performance Collaboratory, Sydney (October 2014).
  • McMahon, Paul G. (2014). The premiere of Alexander’s Feast and Cecilia, volgi un sguardo: Handel’s vocal writing for tenors John Beard and Carlo Arrigoni in 1736. 16th International Conference on Baroque Music, Salzburg (July, 2014).  
  • McMahon, Paul G. (2013). Dialogue and collective interaction: Informants upon the collaborative interpretation of Baroque performance practice. International Symposium on Performance Science, Vienna (August, 2013).
  • McMahon, Paul G. (2013). Practitioner reflections on higher education pedagogy: Performance practice and the music of Handel. 8th International Conference of Voice Teachers, Brisbane (July, 2013).
  • McMahon, Paul G. (2012). Baroque performance practice: Methodologies in conservatoire pedagogy. 3rd International Reflective Conservatoire Conference, London (March, 2012). Conference Reader ISBN: 978–0–9571888–1–5. 

Excellence in Research Australia creative works (2014-18)

J. S. Bach: Affective delivery in sacred vocal music. FoR code: 190407.

  • McMahon, Paul G. (2018). Bach St John Passion, Christ Church, South Yarra, Melbourne.
  • McMahon, Paul G. (2017). Bach St Matthew Passion, University of Queensland, Brisbane.
  • McMahon, Paul G. (2017). Bach St John Passion, Christ Church, South Yarra, Melbourne.
  • McMahon, Paul G. (2016). Bach Mass in A, Actus Tragicus, Sydney Philharmonia Choirs.
  • McMahon, Paul G. (2016). Bach St John Passion, West Australian Symphony Orchestra.
  • McMahon, Paul G. (2015). Bach St John Passion, Sydney Philharmonia Choirs.
  • McMahon, Paul G. (2015). Bach Coffee Cantata, Canberra International Music Festival.
  • McMahon, Paul G. (2014). Bach St John Passion, Trinity College, Melbourne.
  • McMahon, Paul G. (2014). Bach St Matthew Passion, St George’s Cathedral, Perth.

Handel’s English oratorios: Rhetorical delivery within recitative and aria forms. FoR code: 190407.

  • McMahon, Paul G. (2017). Handel Messiah, Queensland Symphony Orchestra.
  • McMahon, Paul G. (2017). Handel Messiah, Canberra Choral Society.
  • McMahon, Paul G. (2017). Handel Solomon, St George’s Cathedral, Perth.
  • McMahon, Paul G. (2016). Handel Messiah, Collegium Symphonic Chorus, Perth.
  • McMahon, Paul G. (2015). Handel Messiah, Coro Canberra.
  • McMahon, Paul G. (2014). Handel: Messiah, New Zealand Symphony Orchestra.
  • McMahon, Paul G. (2014). Handel: Messiah, Allegri Ensemble, Hobart.

Expression & the singing voice: Haydn and Mozart. FoR code: 190407.

  • McMahon, Paul G. (2017). Mozart Mass in C Minor, Queensland Symphony Orchestra.
  • McMahon, Paul G. (2017). Haydn Creation, Newcastle University Choir, Newcastle.
  • McMahon, Paul G. (2016). Mozart Requiem, St George's Cathedral, Perth.

Excellence in Research Australia creative works (2008-13)

J. S. Bach: Affective delivery in sacred vocal music. FoR code: 190407.

  • McMahon, Paul G. (2012). Bach Magnificat, St George’s Cathedral, Perth.
  • McMahon, Paul G. (2012). Bach Johannes-Passion, Melbourne Bach Choir.
  • McMahon, Paul G. (2011). Bach Christmas Oratorio, St George’s Cathedral, Perth.
  • McMahon, Paul G. (2011). Bach Mass in B Minor, Sydney Philharmonia Choirs.
  • McMahon, Paul G. (2011). Bach Magnificat, Adelaide Symphony Orchestra.
  • McMahon, Paul G. (2011). Bach Johannes-Passion, Sydney Philharmonia Choirs.
  • McMahon, Paul G. (2011). Bach Johannes-Passion, St George’s Cathedral, Perth.
  • McMahon, Paul G. (2011). Bach Matthäus-Passion, Orpheus Choir, Wellington.
  • McMahon, Paul G. (2010). Bach Matthäus-Passion, Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra.
  • McMahon, Paul G. (2010). Bach Mass in B Minor, Orpheus Choir, Wellington.
  • McMahon, Paul G. (2010). Bach Johannes-Passion, City of Dunedin Choir.
  • McMahon, Paul G. (2010). Bach Matthäus-Passion, Melbourne Bach Choir.
  • McMahon, Paul G. (2008). Bach Mass in B Minor, Sydney Philharmonia Choirs.

Handel’s English oratorios and ode: Rhetorical delivery within recitative and aria forms. FoR code: 190407.

  • McMahon, Paul G. (2013). Handel Messiah, Melbourne Symphony Orchestra.
  • McMahon, Paul G. (2013). Handel Messiah, Queensland Symphony Orchestra.
  • McMahon, Paul G. (2013). Handel Messiah, St George’s Cathedral, Perth.
  • McMahon, Paul G. (2013). Handel Messiah, Newcastle University Choir.
  • McMahon, Paul G. (2013). Handel Theodora, Canberra Choral Society.
  • McMahon, Paul G. (2013). Handel Ode for St Cecilia's Day, Australian National University.
  • McMahon, Paul G. (2012). Handel Messiah, St George’s Cathedral, Perth.
  • McMahon, Paul G. (2011). Handel Messiah, Hobart Baroque.
  • McMahon, Paul G. (2011). Handel Messiah, St George’s Cathedral, Perth.
  • McMahon, Paul G. (2010). Handel Messiah, Auckland Choral.
  • McMahon, Paul G. (2009). Handel Messiah, Melbourne Symphony Orchestra.
  • McMahon, Paul G. (2009) Handel Messiah, Adelaide Symphony Orchestra.

Expression & the singing voice: Haydn, Mozart & Beethoven. FoR code: 190407.

  • McMahon, Paul G. (2013). Beethoven Symphony 9, Adelaide Symphony Orchestra.
  • McMahon, Paul G. (2013). Haydn Theresienmesse, Melbourne Symphony Orchestra.
  • McMahon, Paul G. (2013). Mozart Requiem. Auckland Philharmonic Orchestra.
  • McMahon, Paul G. (2012). Mozart Requiem, Adelaide Symphony Orchestra.
  • McMahon, Paul G. (2012). Mozart Great Mass in C Minor, Auckland Choral.
  • McMahon, Paul G. (2012). Mozart Requiem, Sydney Symphony.
  • McMahon, Paul G. (2011). Mozart Great Mass in C Minor, West Australian Symphony Orchestra, Perth.
  • McMahon, Paul G. (2011). Mozart Great Mass in C Minor, Melbourne Symphony Orchestra.
  • McMahon, Paul G. (2010). Mozart Requiem, St George’s Cathedral, Perth.
  • McMahon, Paul G. (2010). Mozart Great Mass in C Minor, St George’s Cathedral, Perth.
  • McMahon, Paul G. (2009). Haydn Creation, Auckland Philharmonic Orchestra.

Vocal nuance in sacred & secular vocal works of the Baroque. FoR code: 190407.

  • McMahon, Paul G. (2011) de Lalande De Profundis Clamavi, Sydney Philharmonia Choirs.
  • McMahon, Paul G. (2010). Monteverdi Vespro della Beata Vergine, Sydney Philharmonia Choirs.
  • McMahon, Paul G. (2010). Purcell King Arthur, Sydney Philharmonia Choirs.
  • McMahon, Paul G. (2010). Monteverdi Vespro della Beata Vergine, Christ Church St Laurence, Sydney.
  • McMahon, Paul G. (2008). Charpentier David and Jonathan, Pinchgut Opera, Sydney.

Vocal timbre & character in twentieth and & twenty-first-century music. FoR code: 190407.

  • McMahon, Paul G. (2013). Orff Carmina Burana, Sydney Symphony.
  • McMahon, Paul G. (2013). Orff Carmina Burana, St George’s Cathedral, Perth.
  • McMahon, Paul G. (2012). Glanville-Hicks Profiles from China, Australia Ensemble, Sydney.
  • McMahon, Paul G. (2011). Orff Carmina Burana, Melbourne Symphony Orchestra.
  • McMahon, Paul G. (2009). Spiers A Slender Strand of Memories. (World premiere performance of a commissioned work marking the sesquicentenary of local government in Newcastle).
  • McMahon, Paul G. (2009). Dean Winter Songs. Australia Ensemble, Sydney.

CD recordings (featured soloist)

  • McMahon, Paul G. (2010). Mozart Requiem. Sydney: ABC Classics (476 4064).
  • McMahon, Paul G. (2009). David and Jonathan. Sydney: ABC Classics (476 3691).
  • McMahon, Paul G. (2009). The First Nowell. Sydney: ABC Classics (476 3682).
  • McMahon, Paul G. (2008). Exaltate Dominum. Sydney: ABC Classics (476 6290).
  • McMahon, Paul G. (2008). Handel – Top 40. Sydney: ABC Classics (476 3335).
  • McMahon, Paul G. (2007). Idomeneo. Sydney: ABC Classics (476 6350).
  • McMahon, Paul G. (2007). Angels ever bright. Sydney: ABC Classics (442 9812).
  • McMahon, Paul G. (2006). Danny Boy. Sydney: ABC Classics (476 9238).
  • McMahon, Paul G. (2006). Ye Banks and Braes. Sydney: ABC Classics (476 8035).
  • McMahon, Paul G. (2006). Pepusch Cantatas. Sydney: Salut Baroque (SAL004).
  • McMahon, Paul G. (2006). Fairest Isle – The timeless music of Henry Purcell. Sydney: ABC Classics (476 5329).
  • McMahon, Paul G. (2006). Eternity. Sydney: ABC Classics (476 160-7).
  • McMahon, Paul G. (2005). Swoon Gold. Sydney: ABC Classics (476 7925).
  • McMahon, Paul G. (2005). L’Orfeo. Sydney: ABC Classics (476 8030).
  • McMahon, Paul G. (2005). Choral Spectacular. Sydney: ABC Classics (476 5706).
  • McMahon, Paul G. (2005). Praise II. Sydney: ABC Classics (476 284-1).
  • McMahon, Paul G. (2005). A Painted Tale. Sydney: ABC Classics (476 192-9).
  • McMahon, Paul G. (2004). The Fairy Queen. Sydney: ABC Classics (476 2879).
  • McMahon, Paul G. (2004). An Introduction to Handel’s Messiah. Sydney: ABC Classics (476 289-0).
  • McMahon, Paul G. (2004). Felix and Me. Sydney: ABC Classics (476 176-2).
  • McMahon, Paul G. (2004). Silent Night. Sydney: ABC Classics (476 291-6).
  • McMahon, Paul G. (2003). Classic. Sydney: ABC Classics (476 155-8).
  • McMahon, Paul G. (2003). Semele. Sydney: ABC Classics (980 047-0).
  • McMahon, Paul G. (2003). The Rise and Rise of Australian Rugby. Sydney: ABC Classics (476 122-9).
  • McMahon, Paul G. (2002). Messiah. Sydney: ABC Classics (472601-2).
  • McMahon, Paul G. (2002). Carmina Burana. Sydney: ABC Classics (472 481-2).
  • McMahon, Paul G. (2002). Prayer for Peace. Sydney: ABC Classics (465 824-2).
  • McMahon, Paul G. (2002). Glorious Night. Sydney: ABC Classics (472 600-2).
  • McMahon, Paul G. (2001). Perfect Day. Sydney: ABC Classics (472 044-2).
  • McMahon, Paul G. (2001). The Bank (Soundtrack). Sydney: ABC Classics (465 703-2).
  • McMahon, Paul G. (2001). La Naissance de Venus. Sydney: ABC Classics (472 045-2).

DVD recordings (featured soloist)

  • McMahon, Paul G. (2003). Swoon—A Visual and Musical Odyssey. Sydney: ABC Classics (DVD 980047-6).
  • McMahon, Paul G. (2002). Messiah. Sydney: ABC Classics (DVD 472 604-9).

Key

  • ERA FoR Code: 190407
  • # recorded by ABC Classic FM
  • ^ archival recording
  • R review/s published

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