PROM 67: September 4
Irish Mezzo-Soprano Paula Murrihy received her Bachelor of Music from DIT Conservatory of Music and Drama in Dublin before continuing her studies in North America at the New England Conservatory. She also participated in the Britten-Pears Young Artist Programme, San Francisco Opera’s Merola Program and as an apprentice at Santa Fe Opera.
A member of Oper Frankfurt’s acclaimed ensemble her many roles included Medoro Orlando Furioso, Dido Dido and Aeneas, Lazuli L’étoile, Octavian Der Rosenkavalier, and her role debut as Carmen in Barrie Kosky’s iconic production.
Recent highlights include her debut at the Metropolitan Opera, as Stéphano Roméo et Juliette, and a return to Santa Fe Opera as Ruggiero in Alcina and Orlofsky Die Fledermaus. She made her first appearance at the Salzburg Festival as 2nd Dame in Die Zauberflöte, and opened the 2019 Salzburg Festival as Idamante in Idomeneo, in Peter Sellar’s production with Teodor Currentzis conducting. Paula has appeared with the Dutch National Opera as Octavian Der Rosenkavalier and Sesto La Clemenza di Tito, at Opernhaus Zurich as Concepcion in L’heure Espagnole and Cherubino Le Nozze di Figaro, at the Teatro Real in Madrid as Frances, Countess of Essex in Britten’s Gloriana and at Oper Frankfurt as the Komponist in Ariadne auf Naxos. She returned to her native Ireland to make her role debut as Judith in Bluebeard’s Castle for Irish National Opera.
Further appearances include Ino in Semele for Boston Lyric Operaa, Ghosts of Versailles for Opera Theatre St Louis, Dido Dido and Aeneas for Los Angeles Opera, Tebaldo Don Carlo, and Mercedes Carmen for Covent Garden, Annio La Clemenza di Tito at the Théâtre Capitole Toulouse, Medoro Orlando Furioso for Opéra de Nice, Octavian Der Rosenkavalier at Staatsoper Stuttgart and Ascanio in Terry Gilliam’s production of Benvenuto Cellini at English National Opera.
On the concert platform Paula enjoys a close relationship with MusicAeterna and Teodor Currentzis and performances include Cosi fan tutte, Le nozze di Figaro, Purcell’s Indian Queen, Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater, Mahler’s Kindertotenlieder, Hindemith’s Die Junge Magd and Das Knaben Wunderhorn at the Marinsky Theatre and on a tour of Europe. She made her debut at the BBC Proms in 2016 in Haydn’s Paukenmesse and recently jumped in for performances of works by Tommaso Traetta with La Nuova Musica and David Bates, and Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen with Sir Mark Elder and the Britten Sinfonia. Further appearances include Messiah with the Orchestre de Chambre de Paris, Elijah with the Spanish National Orchestra and Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra, Christmas Oratorio with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Handel’s Solomon, Alexander’s Feast and Honneger’s Judith for the Nederlandse Programma Stichting, and Beethoven Missa Solemnis with the London Philharmonic Orchestra . In the United States she has worked with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, where she premiered John Harbison’s Symphony No. 6, the North Carolina Symphony Orchestra (Beethoven Symphony 9), the Handel and Haydn Society (Juno/Ino in Semele) and the St Paul Chamber Orchestra in performances of Bach’s St Matthew Passion.
An accomplished recitalist, Paula has given performances at the Aldeburgh Festival, the Shannon International Music Festival, the Chancellor’s Concert at the University of Limerick, in Frankfurt and at the Diaghilev Festival in Perm. She recently made her debut at the Wigmore Hall with the pianist Malcolm Martineau.