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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 programs including the Britten-Pears Young Artist Program and those at the Tanglewood Music Center, William Walton Foundation and Opera Theatre of Saint Louis. As a participant on the 2003 Vocal Fellowship Program at Tanglewood, she performed in the world premiere of the opera Ainadama by Osvaldo Golijov, a work which she went on to perform with the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra in Disney Hall.
Recent operatic performances include the title role in Purcell's Dido with the Handel and Haydn Society, Cherubino in Le Nozze di Figaro with Granite State Opera and Hippolyta in A Midsummer Night's Dream and Richtarka in Jenufa with Utah Symphony & Opera. Other stage roles have included Suzy in La Rondine with Boston Lyric Opera, Hansel, Second Lady, Nancy in Albert Herring and Diana in La Calisto with New England Conservatory Opera Theatre.
Paula's extensive oratorio repertoire includes Vivaldi's Gloria, Rossini's Petite Messe Solenelle, Schubert's Mass in C, Mozart's Requiem, and Bach's St. John Passion. In the 2003-2004 season she was soloist in the Handel and Haydn Society's highly acclaimed production of Monteverdi's Vespers, and made her Boston Symphony Orchestra debut performing in a series entitled A Day in the Life of Vivaldi at Symphony Hall, Boston. Most recently, Paula was invited to perform as guest soloist with Utah Symphony in Bach's Christmas Oratorio and Magnificat.
An accomplished recitalist, Paula has performed at the Aldeburgh Festival, UK, and was invited to participate in the Marilyn Horne Foundation Masterclass Series at Carnegie Hall, New York.
Engagements this season include Messiah with the Charlotte Symphony, Haydn's Harmonie Mass with the Gabrieli Consort in London, Bach's St. Matthew Passion with the Handel and Haydn Society and a performance of Brahms alto and viola songs with Warren Jones in Boston's Jordan Hall. Paula will also be part of Santa Fe Opera's Artist Apprentice Program 2006 where she will be singing 2nd Lady in Die Zauberflöte.