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Paula Murrihy

Mezzo-Soprano

Irish mezzo-soprano Paula Murrihy enjoys a busy career working at the highest level in both Europe and the US. 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 and Polissena Radamisto. Her appearances have also included Stéphano Roméo et Juliette at the Metropolitan Opera, Ruggiero Alcina for Santa Fe Opera, Conception L’Heure Espagnole for the Opernhaus Zürich, Donna Elvira at the Concertgebouw and Idamante Idomeneo for the Salzburg Festival.

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Artist Manager

Camilla Wehmeyer

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Associate

Evangeline Parker

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News

NEW RELEASE: 'I will walk with my love' - Orchid Classics

I will walk wih my love Orchid Classics.

Paula Murrihy makes her solo recording debut with new disc 'I will walk with my love', released on Orchid Classics on 2 October 2020. Recorded alongside American pianist and frequent collaborator Tanya Blaich, the disc explores folk inspired songs and myths, with works by Brahms, Mahler, Debussy and Grieg, as well as featuring traditional Irish folksongs, which whilst celebrating Paula's Irish roots, evoke a sense of nostalgia and yearning.

Prior to the release, the disc was announced as Classical Album of the Week in The Guardian, complimenting the "rich substance and laser-beam focus of Murrihy’s voice [...] a new recital disc as good as this one feels more than usually like a treat" - Erica Jeal.

 

Paula and Tanya first met whilst studying at the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston and previously performed the programme together at the Diaghilev Festival in Perm, Russia. They consider the disc a celebration of their friendship and musical collaboration.

 

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Media

 

Repertoire Includes

Concert

BACH

Mass in B Minor

Christmas Oratorio

St John Passion

St Matthew Passion

Easter Oratorio

Ascension Oratorio

BEETHOVEN

Missa Solemnis

Symphony No. 9

HANDEL

Messiah

Alexander’s Feast

Semele

Solomon

HARBISON

Symphony No. 6

HAYDN

Harmoniemesse

Missa in Tempore Belli

Paukenmesse

HILLIER

The Destruction of Jerusalem 

 

HONNEGER

Judith

        

MAHLER

Das Knaben Wunderhorn

Das Lied Von der Erde

Lieder Eines Fahrenden Gesellen

 

MENDELSSOHN

Elijah 

MOZART

Reqiuem

PERGOLESI

Stabat Mater

ROSSINI

Petite Messe Solennelle

SCHUBERT

Mass in C

VIVALDI

Gloria

Opera

BARTÓK

Bluebeard’s Castle (Judith)

BERLIOZ

Benvenuto Cellini (Ascanio)

BIZET

Carmen (Carmen)

BRITTEN

Albert Herring (Nancy)

Gloriana (Frances Countess of Essex)

CAVALLI

La Calisto (Diana)

CESTI

Orontea (Orontea)

CHABRIER

L’etoile (Lazuli)

Une Education Manquée (Helene)

CORIGLIANO

Ghosts of Versailles (Cherubino)

DE FALLA

El Corregidor Y La Molinara

DONIZETTI

Lucia Di Lammermoor (Alisa)

FAURÉ

Pénélope (Pénélope)

GLUCK

Ezio (Fulvia)

GOUNOD

Roméo Et Juliette (Stéphano)

HANDEL

Alcina (Ruggiero)

Ariodante (Ariodante)

Giulio Cesare (Cesare)

Radamisto (Polissena)

Semele (Juno/Ino)

Xerxes (Amastre)

HUMPERDINCK

Hänsel Und Gretel (Hänsel)

MONTEVERDI

Orfeo (Messagiera)

MOZART

Cosi Fan Tutte (Dorabella)

La Clemenza Di Tito (Annio)

Die Zauberflöte (2nd Lady)

Le Nozze Di Figaro (Cherubino)

OFFENBACH

Les Contes D’hoffmann (Nicklausse)

PASATIERI

Hotel Casablanca (Lucy Perez)

PROKOFIEV

The Gambler (Blanche)

PUCCINI

La Rondine (Suzy)

PURCELL

Dido & Aeneas (Dido)

The Indian Queen (Teculihuatzin)

RAVEL

L’enfant Et Les Sortileges (La Chatte/ L’Ecureuil)

L’heure Espagnole (Concepción)

ROSSINI

Il Viaggio A Reims (Maddalena)

J. STRAUSS

Die Fledermaus (Orlofsky)

R. STRAUSS

Der Rosenkavalier (Octavian)

STRAVINSKY

The Rake’s Progress (Baba the Turk)

SUSA

Transformations (Good Witch)

VERDI

Don Carlo (Tebaldo)

Falstaff (Meg Page)

La Traviata (Flora)

Selected Discography

Der Rosenkavalier
Camilla Nylund (soprano), Paula Murrihy (mezzo), Peter Rose (bass), Hanna-Elisabeth Müller (soprano), Michael Laurenz (tenor), Kai Rüütel (mezzo soprano). Dutch National Opera with Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Marc Albrecht.

[CHALLENGE RECORDS 2017]
L'Orontea
Frankfurter Opern- und Museumsorchester conducted by Ivor Bolton. Cast includes Paula Murrihy (Orontea), Sebastian Geyer (Creonte), Juanita Lascarro (Tibrino, Amore), Guy de Mey (Aristea), Xavier Sabata (Alidoro), Simon Bailey (Gelone), Matthias Rexroth (Corindo), Louise Alder (Silandra).

[OEHMS CLASSICS]
Mendelssohn: Complete Songs
Malcolm Martineau (piano), Mary Bevan, Sophie Bevan (soprano), Paula Murrihy, Kitty Whately (mezzo soprano), Robin Tritschler (tenor), Jonathan McGovern, Benjamin Appl (baritone).

[CHAMPS HILL RECORDS]
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Press

Mahler LIEDER EINES FAHRENDEN GESELLEN / Britten Sinfonia

 

“Paula Murrihy, at very short notice, stood in for Anna Stéphany, took a lyrical view of the texts, the German words flowed gracefully, and the consonants were treated softly. Her flexible voice gave an Italianate impression of the lyrics and the frustrated lover’s reference to the “sweet bird singing in the green heath” was a touching moment. In the final song, ‘Die zwei blauen Augen’, taken at an unhurried pace, refinement of playing and hushed beauty of melodic line typified Mark Elder’s sensitive view of the music.”

Antony Hodgson, Classical Source (Jan 2019)

“Murrihy slipped into a partnership with the orchestra – with confident, bright-toned, even cheeky, woodwinds to the fore – that let these dialogues of doom unroll in all their strangely exhilarating morbidity. Murrihy wrapped sweetness around anguish in the yearning high notes of “Ging heut’ Morgen über Feld”. She wrung every inch of melodramatic colour from the lurid misery of “Ich hab’ ein glühend Messer”, and sailed powerfully across the sinister orchestral tutti as that song closes. The farewell pathos of “Die zwei blauen Augen von meinem Schatz” signed off the sequence, with the soothing lilt and swing of the instrumental parts undercut by the mezzo’s plaintive lament – like the forsaken call of some widowed forest bird.”

Boyd Tonkin, The Arts Desk (Jan 2019)

Bartók BLUEBEARD'S CASTLE / Irish National Opera

“Murrihy with her crystalline mezzo-soprano perfectly delivered the ambivalent Judith, morbidly attracted to the tenebrous side of her husband and willing to prove him bad at every cost”

Pia Maltri, Bachtrack (Oct 2018)

 

“Paula Murrihy as Judith is a marvel to behold, giving an impassioned and physically-committed performance, her voice rich and expressive, full of colour.”

GoldenPlec: Live Reviews, (Oct 2018)

Mozart LA CLEMENZA DI TITO / Orchestra of the 18th Century

 

“Irish mezzo Paula Murrihy, a memorable Octavian at the DNO two years ago, returned to Amsterdam as a fantastic Sesto. Her unaffected, expressive acting and honey-toned mezzo-soprano, warm and  agile, fitted the passionate but hapless character as a glove. She made of her Act 1 aria “Parto, parto”, when Sesto announces to Vitellia he is going to get on with it, the pivotal moment of the opera.”

Nicolas Nguyen, Bachtrack (Oct 2017)

“Paula Murrihy’s Ruggiero captured the emotional complexity Alden clearly intended, decoding the young man’s conflicting emotional loyalties.”

Thomas May, Bachtrack, (July 2017)

Bizet CARMEN / Oper Frankfurt

 

“Paula Murrihy sang and danced with quite versatile magic, conveying herself as a virtuoso of the highest order.”

Hansklaus Jungheinrich, Frankfurter Rundschau (June ’16)

 

“Paula Murrihy with her vocal magic, presence and precision, ease and sex appeal is an equal to [Joseph Calleja as Don José].”

Josef Becker, Bild Frankfurt (June ’16)

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