Paula Murrihy

Paula Murrihy | Photo: Barbara Aumüller



HANDEL “Mi Lusinga il Dolce Affetto” from Alcina

BACH B Minor Mass “Agnus Dei”

HANDEL Alexander’s Feast “He chose a mournful muse…He sung Darius, great and good”

STRAUSS, R. “Mir ist die Ehre” from Der Rosenkavalier

PURCELL Dido and Aeneas at Frankfurt Opera

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Irish mezzo-soprano Paula Murrihy has appeared at London’s Royal Opera House, Teatro Comunale, Bologna, Santa Fe Opera, Los Angeles Opera, Opera Theatre of St. Louis, Oper Frankfurt, Dutch National Opera, Oper Stuttgart, Opera de Nice, Chicago Opera Theater, Wexford Festival Opera, English National 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, Dido/Dido and Aeneas, Baba/The Rake’s Progress, Octavian/Der Rosenkavalier, Emilia/Otello, Dorabella/Cosi fan Tutte, Cherubino/Ghosts of Versailles, Tebaldo/Don Carlo, Hänsel/Hänsel und Gretel, Helene Une Education Manquee, Ino/Semele, Kreusa/Medea, Orontea/L’Orontea, Medoro/Orlando Furioso, Lazuli/L’etoile, Lucy Perez/Hotel Casablanca, Nancy/Albert Herring, Scipio in Glanert’s Caligula, Ascanio/Benvenuto Cellini (new production by Terry Gilliam), and Suzy/La Rondine.

Orchestrally, 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, 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.

Murrihy’s busy 16/17 season includes multiple productions with Oper Frankfurt including the title role in Bizet’s Carmen, “Meg Page” in Verdi’s Falstaff, “Blanche” in Prokofiev’s Der Spieler, and “2nd Lady” in Mozart’s Die Zauberflote. In the United States, she makes her Metropolitan Opera debut in the role of “Stephano” in Gounod’s Romeo and Juliet, Sante Fe Opera as “Ruggiero” and ”Orlovsky” in Handel’s Alcina and Strauss’ Die Fledermaus, Handel and Haydn Society in the roles of “Ino” and “Juno” in Handel’s Semele, and returns to the North Carolina Symphony for Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9. Further European appearances include “Cherubino” in Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro with Opernhaus Zurich. In concert, she appears with London Philharmonic, RTE National Symphony Orchestra, Gabrieli Consort, and Hessicher Rundfunk among others.

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; Oper Frankfurt “Liederabend” series with pianist Malcom Martineau; 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.