Brian McNamee is an Irish tenor who read music at the University of Ulster, graduating with First Class Honours. Brian has undertaken numerous roles on the opera stage, most notably with NI Opera appearing in choruses of Puccini’s Tosca and Wagner’s The Flying Dutchman, as well as playing the roles of The Sailor in Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas and Bill in A Hand of Bridge, a short comic chamber opera by Samuel Barber. Brian preformed his first leading operatic role in conjunction with the National Lotteries Olympic Fund at Belfast’s MAC Theatre in Opera No 7: An Olympic Masque. Oratorio performances have included Handel’s Messiah, Requiems by Mozart and Goodall, masses by Haydn, Schubert and Beethoven and in June last year Brian made his debut with the Ulster Orchestra singing Bach’s Magnificat.
Brian has just completed a Masters degree in vocal performance and opera at the Royal Northern College of Music where he studied under respected tenor Peter Alexander Wilson. While at the college he appeared as Bill in Company by Stephen Sondheim, Snout/ Wall in A Midsummer’s Night Dream by Benjamin Britten and most recently he sang the role of Sam Kaplan in Street Scene by Kurt Weill.