Internationally acclaimed Irish mezzo-soprano Paula Murrihy is a regular guest at the world’s major opera houses and concert halls performing a wide variety of repertoire. Previously a member of the Ensemble at the Oper Frankfurt, Paula’s roles have included creating the title role Carmen in Barry Kosky’s iconic production, Octavian Der Rosenkavalier, Dido Dido and Aeneas, title role Pénélope, Fauré and Polissena Radamisto.

Her appearances have also included Stéphano Roméo et Juliette at the Metropolitan Opera, Ruggiero Alcina for Santa Fe Opera, title role Ariodante at the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow, Conception L’Heure Espagnole for the Opernhaus Zürich, Donna Elvira at the Concertgebouw and Idamante Idomeneo for the Salzburg Festival.

Paula opened her 2021-22 season with a company debut singing Komponist in Katie Mitchell’s production of Ariadne auf Naxos at the Gran Teatre del Liceu, Barcelona. Later in the season she returned to the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow to reprise the title role of Ariodante, Palau de les Arts in Valencia to sing Nicklausse Les Contes d’Hoffmann conducted by Marc Minkowski, and Irish National Opera as Carmen. On the concert platform, Paula joined The English Concert Orchestra to sing Micah in a performance of Handel’s Samson in London, as well as Ruggiero Alcina in Los Angeles and San Francisco, and will sing the role of Arsamene Serse for a tour of Spain and the US, with venues including Carnegie Hall. In Ireland Paula performed Berlioz Les Nuits d’Ete with the Irish Chamber Orchestra.

Last season, Paula made her debut in the title role Ariodante in a livestreamed concert performance at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, conducted by Christian Curnyn and for her house debut at the Bolshoi Theatre, Moscow. She made her debut as Orfeo in a concert performance of Gluck’s Orfeo ed Euridice with Opera North, conducted by Laurence Cummings and broadcast live on BBC Radio 3, and sang Dorabella Cosi fan tutte at the Palau de les Arts in Valencia.

Further recent highlights include her debut at the Metropolitan Opera, as Stéphano Roméo et Juliette, a return to Santa Fe Opera as Ruggiero in Alcina and Orlofsky Die Fledermaus and the Salzburg Festival as Idamante in Peter Sellars’ production of Idomeneo conducted by Teodor Currentzis.

Paula returned to Frankfurt to sing the title role in Fauré’s Pénélope, and has recently appeared with the Dutch National Opera as Octavian Der Rosenkavalier and Sesto La Clemenza di Tito, at Opernhaus Zürich 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, at Oper Frankfurt as the Komponist in Ariadne auf Naxos, and returned to her native Ireland to make her role debut as Judith in Bluebeard’s Castle for Irish National Opera.

An accomplished recitalist, Paula has given performances at the Wigmore Hall with Malcolm Martineau, 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. Last season she released her debut solo album with American pianist Tanya Blaich on Orchid Classics. Titled “I will walk with my love, “the disc explores folk inspired songs and myths and features works by Brahms, Mahler, Debussy and Grieg, as well as traditional Irish folksong.

Highlights of the 2022-23 season include a return to the Salzburg Festival in a concert performance of Abramo Ed Isacco with Collegium 1704 and Donna Elvira for Royal Opera House, Covent Garden.

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