A mezzo soprano, Úna McMahon, studied at the Royal Irish Academy of Music (RIAM) under the guidance of Dr Veronica Dunne, before completing her masters training at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama (RSAMD) under the tutelage of Pat Hay.
On the concert platform Úna has performed in Bach’s Christmas Oratorio, Handel’s Messiah, Saint-Saens Oratorio de Noel, Beethoven’s 9th Symphony, Haydn’s Paukenmesse, Mahler’s 2nd Symphony, Mendelssohn’s Elijah, Mozart’s Requiem, Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater and Szymanowski’s Stabat Mater. She has also performed the Copland Eight Poems by Emily Dickinson with orchestra.
Her operatic roles include, Amore (L’incoronazione di Poppea), Dorothee (Cendrillon), cover of Stewardess (Flight), cover of Nancy (Albert Herring), Olga (Eugene Onegin), and Dorabella (Cosi fan Tutte) and La Maestra della Novizie (Suor Angelica). She has also covered the role of Rosina (Il Barbiere di Siviglia) for Stanley Hall Opera and performed the role of Maddalena (Rigoletto) and the title role in La Cenerentola both for Clonter Opera.
Úna is a featured artist with the Auricle Ensemble and has performed Mahler’s 4th Symphony, Lieder Eines Fahrenden Gesellen, Kindertotenlieder and Jenny Diver in The Threepenny Opera with them. In 2010 she was a semi-finalist in the BBC Radio 2 Kiri Prize. She has worked with the chorus of Scottish Opera, Glyndebourne Festival Opera and covered the role of Margarida for the Glyndebourne on Tour production of The Yellow Sofa. She recently reprised the role of La Cenerentola for HighTime Opera.