SCHUMANN Ich kann’s nicht fassen, nicht glauben
KREUSA Excerpt from Medea
HANDEL Ariodante “Tu preparati morire”
BACH B Minor Mass “Agnus Dei”
HANDEL Alexander’s Feast “He chose a mournful muse…He sung Darius, great and good”
HANDEL Solomon “Gold now is common…How green our fertile pastures look”
HONNEGGER Judith “Priére”
PURCELL Dido and Aeneas at Frankfurt Opera
Irish mezzo-soprano Paula Murrihy has appeared at London’s Royal Opera House, Teatro Comunale, Bologna, Santa Fe Opera, Opera Theatre of St. Louis, Oper Frankfurt, Opera de Nice, Chicago Opera Theater, Wexford Festival Opera, Boston Lyric Opera and Opera Boston in a range of roles including the title role in Handel’s Ariodante, Annio/La Clemenza di Tito, 2nd Lady/Die Zauberflöte, Baba/The Rake’s Progress, Cherubino/Ghosts of Versailles, Tebaldo/Don Carlo, Hänsel/Hänsel und Gretel, Helene Une Education Manquee, Ino/Semele, Kreusa/Medea, Lazuli/L’etoile, Lucy Perez/Hotel Casablanca, Nancy/Albert Herring, Scipio in Glanert’s Caligula, and Suzy/La Rondine. Recent and upcoming appearances include a return to Oper Frankfurt for Dorabella in Cosi fan Tutte, Medoro in Orlando Furioso and Emilia in Verdi’s Otello; Ascanio in Benvenuto Cellini in Terry Gilliam’s new production for English National Opera; Octavian in Strauss’ Der Rosenkavalier with Netherlands Opera; and Dido in Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas with Los Angeles Opera.
Ms. Murrihy was the soloist in the world premiere of John Harbison’s Symphony No. 6 with the Boston Symphony Orchestra and also performed in the world premiere of Osvaldo Golijov’s opera Ainadamar at Tanglewood and with the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra. As a frequent soloist with the Handel & Haydn Society of Boston, she has sung Bach’s St John Passion, Handel’s Messiah, Mozart’s Requiem, Rossini’s Petite Messe Solenelle, Schubert’s Mass in C and Vivaldi’s Gloria. She has also performed Bach’s Christmas Oratorio with the RTÉ in Dublin, St Matthew Passion with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 with the North Carolina Symphony Orchestra, Messiah with Huddersfield Choral Society, Mendelssohn’s Elijah with Utah Symphony, Haydn’s Harmoniemesse with Gabrieli Consort, Paukenmesse as part of the Tanglewood season and the St Matthew Passion, both for Boston Symphony Orchestra. With the Nederlandse Programma Stichting, she has appeared in Handel’s Alexander’s Feast and Solomon, as well as Honneger’s Judith.
An accomplished recitalist, Ms. Murrihy was invited to participate in the Marilyn Horne Foundation Masterclass Series at Carnegie Hall, New York, and has performed at the Aldeburgh Festival, UK, New York Festival of Song, Wexford Festival, as well as with the Irish Chamber Orchestra in the Shannon International Music Festival.
Murrihy has been a Young Artist with the Britten-Pears program, in addition to Santa Fe Opera, Opera Theatre of St. Louis, Utah Opera, Merola /San Francisco Opera Center, William Walton Foundation, and Tanglewood Music Center. She holds a Master in Vocal Performance from the New England Conservatory, where she was the recipient of the prestigious John Moriarty Presidential Scholarship and Presser Award. She received her Bachelor in Music from the DIT Conservatory of Music & Drama, Dublin, Ireland.