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Mezzo-Soprano Paula Murrihy is a native of County Kerry, Ireland. She received her Bachelor in Music from DIT Conservatory of Music and Drama in Dublin before going on to study for a Masters in Vocal Performance at New England Conservatory, where she was the recipient of the prestigious John Moriarty Presidential Scholarship and the Presser Award. Paula has participated in many young artist programmes including the Britten-Pears Young Artist Program and those at the Tanglewood Music Center, William Walton Foundation, Opera Theatre of Saint Louis and more recently Santa Fe Opera. As a participant on the 2003 Vocal Fellowship Program at Tanglewood, she performed in the world premiere of the opera Ainadamar by Osvaldo Golijov, a work which she went on to perform with the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra in Disney Hall.
Operatic roles include Ino in Semele for Boston Lyric Opera, performances as Dido in Purcell’s Dido & Aeneas at the Teatro Comunale, Bologna, Messagiera Orfeo with the Handel and Haydn Society, 2nd Lady Die Zauberflöte for Santa Fe Opera, title role Ariodante for Emmanuel Music and Good Witch Transformations for Wexford Festival Opera. Other stage roles include Suzy La Rondine with Boston Lyric Opera, Hänsel Hänsel und Gretel, Nancy Albert Herring and Diana La Calisto with New England Conservatory Opera Theatre. Paula made her Italian debut as Dido for the Lugo Opera Festival in 2007. In 2007 Paula was also part of San Francisco Opera’s Merola Program where she created the role of Lucy Perez in the world première of Pasatieri’s Hotel Casablanca. Paula made her Royal Opera House Covent Garden debut as Tebaldo in a new production of Don Carlo and at the Chicago Opera Theater as Annio in La Clemenza di Tito. Other appearances include Cherubino The Ghosts of Versailles for Wexford Festival Opera and Opera Theatre St Louis, Helene Une Education Manquée for Wexford Festival Opera and Mercedes Carmen at Covent Garden. Paula recently made her debut at Opéra de Nice when she stepped in to sing Medoro in Orlando Furioso, and at Théâtre du Capitole, Toulouse as Annio in La Clemenza di Tito. She sang Dido Dido and Aeneas at the 2013 Edinburgh Festival and Ascanio in Terry Gilliam’s acclaimed production of Benvenuto Cellini at English National Opera.
Paula’s extensive concert repertoire includes Vivaldi’s Gloria, Rossini’s Petite Messe Solennelle, Schubert’s Mass in C, Bach’s St. John Passion and Messiah and Mozart’s Requiem for the H&H Society. She was soloist in Bach’s St Matthew Passion with North Carolina Symphony and the Handel and Haydn Society. More recently Paula performed Messiah with Huddersfield Choral Society, Mendelssohn’s Elijah with Utah Symphony, Haydn’s Harmoniemesse for the Gabrieli Consort, Paukenmesse as part of the Tanglewood season, the St Matthew Passion for Boston Symphony Orchestra, Handel’s Solomon, Alexander’s Feast and more recently Honneger’s Judith with the Nederlandse Programma Stichting, Bach’s Christmas Oratorio, Easter and Ascension Oratorios with the RTÉ in Dublin, Messiah with the Ulster Orchestra and Beethoven Symphony 9 with the North Carolina Symphony Orchestra.
An accomplished recitalist, Paula has also performed at the Aldeburgh Festival, UK, and was invited to participate in the Marilyn Horne Foundation Masterclass Series at Carnegie Hall, New York as well as a recital with the Irish Chamber Orchestra in the Shannon International Music Festival and the Chancellor’s Concert at the University of Limerick.
Paula joined Oper Frankfurt as a member of their ensemble in 2009 where her roles have included 2nd Lady Die Zauberflöte, Alisa Lucia di Lammermoor, Maddalena Il Viaggio a Reims, Annio La Clemenza di Tito, Flora La Traviata, Medoro Orlando Furioso, Kreusa in Reimann’s Medea, Tebaldo Don Carlo, Dido Dido and Aeneas, Lazuli L’etoile, Les Contes d’Hoffmann, Baba the Turk The Rake’s Progress, a new production of Handel’s Giulio Cesare, Fulvia in Gluck’s Ezio and Dorabella Cosi fan Tutte.
In the 14/15 season Dido Dido and Aeneas with Los Angeles Opera, St Matthew Passion with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Cesti’s L’Orontea and Octavian Der Rosenkavalier with Oper Frankfurt. Future engagements include Octavian Der Rosenkavalier in a new production for De Nationale Opera, Amsterdam, Hansel Hänsel und Gretel and Xenobia Radamisto in Frankfurt, Octavian at the Staatsoper Stuttgart and Ruggiero Alcina for Santa Fe Opera.
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