Irish mezzo-soprano Paula Murrihy studied at the DIT Conservatory of Music and Drama in Dublin and at the New England Conservatory in Boston. She was an Apprentice Singer at the Santa Fe Opera and also took part in the San Francisco Opera’s Merola Program.
After being spotted at the Neue Stimmen International Singing Competition by Frankfurt Opera’s general director, she was invited to join the company. In Frankfurt her roles have included Annio (La clemenza di Tito), Dorabella (Così fan tutte), Dido (Dido and Aeneas) and Carmen in a new production by Barrie Kosky. She made her Covent Garden debut as Tebaldo (Don Carlo), later returning as Mercédès (Carmen). She has also appeared as Annio at the Théâtre du Capitole in Toulouse and as Octavian (Der Rosenkavalier) for the Dutch National Opera in Amsterdam and the Stuttgart Opera. Recent highlights of her career have been her debut at the Metropolitan Opera in New York as Stéphano (Roméo et Juliette), Ruggiero (Alcina) and Orlofsky (Die Fledermaus) for the Santa Fe Opera and her Zurich Opera debut as Cherubino (Le nozze di Figaro). She returned to Zurich in 2017/18 as Concepción (L’Heure espagnole) and the Mother (L’Enfant et les sortilèges). Other appearances in 2017/18 included her debut at the Teatro Real in Madrid as Frances, Countess of Essex in Britten’s Gloriana and her return to the Dutch National Opera as Sesto (La clemenza di Tito). Following her Salzburg Festival debut in Die Zauberflöte she will be singing Judith (Duke Bluebeard’s Castle) for the new Irish National Opera in Dublin, the Composer (Ariadne auf Naxos) for the Frankfurt Opera and Annio at the Met.
As a concert artist Paula Murrihy has sung Handel’s Messiah with the Orchestre de chambre de Paris, Handel’s Solomon and Alexander’s Feast and Honegger’s Judith with the Dutch Radio Chamber Philharmonic and Bach’s St Matthew Passion with both the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra. She made her BBC Proms debut in Haydn’s Paukenmesse. Plans include a tour of Europe with Teodor Currentzis and song recitals in London’s Wigmore Hall with the pianist Malcolm Martineau.