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 also participated in the Britten–Pears Young Artist Programme and San Francisco Opera’s Merola Program as well as being an Apprentice Singer at the Santa Fe Opera and a member of the Frankfurt Opera ensemble.
She made her role debut as Carmen in Barrie Kosky’s acclaimed production in Frankfurt. She regularly appears in the United States and recently made her Metropolitan Opera debut as Stéphano (Roméo et Juliette) as well as giving guest performances as Ruggiero (Alcina) and Orlofsky (Die Fledermaus) at the Santa Fe Opera. In Great Britain she made her Covent Garden debut as Tebaldo (Don Carlo), later returning as Mercédès (Carmen). Other recent highlights of her career have included Concepción (L’Heure espagnole) for the Zurich Opera, the Countess of Essex in Britten’s Gloriana for her debut at the Teatro Real in Madrid, Second Lady (Die Zauberflöte) for her 2018 Salzburg Festival debut, Judith (Duke Bluebeard’s Castle) for the new Irish National Opera in Dublin and Sesto (La clemenza di Tito) at the Dutch National Opera in Amsterdam.
On the concert platform Paula Murrihy works regularly with musicAeterna and Teodor Currentzis, appearing at the Diaghilev Festival in Perm and singing Mahler’s Des Knaben Wunderhorn at the Munich Philharmonie, La Scala, Milan, and Müpa in Budapest. She first performed at the BBC Proms in London in 2017 in Haydn’s Paukenmesse. She has also appeared in performances of Handel’s Messiah with the Orchestre de chambre de Paris and in Mendelssohn’s Elijah with the Orquesta Nacional de España and the Dutch Radio Philharmonic. An experienced lieder recitalist, she has appeared at London’s Wigmore Hall with Malcolm Martineau, at the International Lied Festival in Zeist with Sholto Kynoch and at the Aldeburgh Festival.
Plans for 2019/20 include the title role in Fauré’s Pénélope in Frankfurt, Carmen for the Irish National Opera and performances of the Mozart–Da Ponte operas under Currentzis in Bremen, Vienna and Lucerne. Her concert schedule includes Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony with the North Carolina Symphony Orchestra, Messiah with the Philadelphia Orchestra, Rossini’s Stabat Mater with the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony Orchestra in Canada and Mozart’s Requiem with musicAeterna in Baden-Baden and Paris.