Irish mezzo soprano Paula Murrihy is part of Opera Frankfurt’s prestigious ensemble. She has a close relationship with North America, where she studied and where she has worked with Los Angeles Opera, Boston Lyric Opera, the Handel & Haydn Society and the Boston Symphony Orchestra, to name a few. Paula is quickly becoming greatly sought after by major opera companies and concert promoters in Europe, she has appeared at Covent Garden, English National Opera, The Edinburgh Festival, Wexford Festival and Opéra de Nice and with the RTÉ orchestra and Nederlandse Programma Stichting.
Irish Mezzo-Soprano Paula Murrihy is a native of County Kerry. She received her Bachelor in Music from DIT Conservatory of Music and Drama in Dublin before continuing her studies in North America at the New England Conservatory. Paula has also participated in the Britten-Pears Young Artist Programme and was an apprentice at Santa Fe Opera and part of San Francisco Opera’s Merola Program.
After being spotted at the Neue Stimmen Competition in 2009 by Frankfurt Opera’s General Director, Paula was asked to join their acclaimed ensemble. Her numerous appearances have included Annio La Clemenza di Tito, Medoro Orlando Furioso, Dido Dido and Aeneas, Lazuli L’étoile, Dorabella Cosi fan tutte, Orontea and Octavian Der Rosenkavalier, Hänsel in Humperdinck’s Hänsel und Gretel, and Polissena in Radamisto. She made her role debut as Carmen to critical acclaim with the highly successful team behind Dido & Aeneas – Barrie Kosky and Constantinos Carydis. Paula maintains a close connection with the United States and has appeared as Ino in Semele for Boston Lyric Opera, 2nd Lady Die Zauberflöte at Santa Fe Opera, Annio at the Chicago Opera Theater, Cherubino The Ghosts of Versailles for Opera Theatre St Louis and Dido for Los Angeles Opera. In Europe, Paula made her debut at Covent Garden as Tebaldo Don Carlo, and returned as Mercedes Carmen. She has appeared as Annio at the Théâtre Capitole Toulouse, as Medoro at Opéra de Nice, as Ascanio in Terry Gilliam’s production of Benvenuto Cellini at English National Opera, and more recently as Octavian Der Rosenkavalier at De Nationale Opera Amsterdam and the Staatsoper Stuttgart.
On the concert platform, Paula’s extensive repertoire includes Vivaldi’s Gloria, Rossini’s Petite MesseSolennelle, Schubert’s Mass in C, Bach’s St John Passion, Mendelssohn’s Elijah, Handel’s Messiah and Mozart’s Requiem. She has appeared regularly with the Handel & Haydn Society in Boston – returning this season for concert performances of Semele – and with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, where she premiered John Harbison’s Symphony No. 6. She recently appeared with the Orchestre de Chambre de Paris in Handel’s Messiah, the Nederlandse Programma Stichting in Handel’s Solomon,Alexander’s Feast and Honneger’s Judith, with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and the St Paul Chamber Orchestra in performances of Bach’s St Matthew Passion and made her debut at the BBC Proms in Haydn’s Paukenmesse. Last season Paula sang Dorabella in Cosi fan tutte and Cherubino in Le nozze di Figaro with MusicAeterna and Teodor Currentzis, and joined the conductor this summer for a performance of Mahler’s Kindertotenlieder and Hindemith’s Die Junge Magd at the Diaghilev Festival in Perm. An accomplished recitalist, Paula has performed at Aldeburgh Festival and with the Irish Chamber Orchestra in the Shannon International Music Festival and the Chancellor’s Concert at the University of Limerick. She recently gave a recital in Frankfurt with accompanist Malcolm Martineau.
2016/17 features Paula’s debut at the Metropolitan Opera, New York, as Stéphano Roméo et Juliette, Ruggiero in Alcina and Prince Orlofsky Die Fledermaus for Santa Fe Opera and her debut at Zürich Opera as Cherubino Le Nozze di Figaro.On the concert platform Paula appears with the London Philharmonic Orchestra for Beethoven Missa Solemnis, North Carolina Symphony Orchestra for Beethoven Symphony 9, the Handel and Haydn Society for Juno/Ino in Semele and the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra for Elijah. She also joins Teodor Currentzis and MusicAeterna for performances of Purcell’s Indian Queen, and Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater.
“The versatile mezzo-soprano Paula Murrihy pulled her weight and more, singing the role of Semele’s sister Ino with innocent grace and soft-edged phrases and transforming into the imperious Juno with rage written on her face and venom lacing her voice.” Zoë Madonna, Boston Globe (May 2017)