Irish mezzo-soprano Paula Murrihy received her BMus from the DIT Conservatory in Dublin before continuing her studies in North America at the New England Conservatory. She was a member of Oper Frankfurt’s acclaimed ensemble, participated in the Britten-Pears Young Artist Programme, San Francisco Opera’s Merola Program and as an apprentice at Santa Fe Opera. Recent highlights include her house debut at the Bolshoi Theatre, Moscow, in the title of Handel’s Ariodante, her debut at the Metropolitan Opera as Stéphano in Gounod’s Roméo et Juliette, a return to Santa Fe Opera as Ruggiero in Handel’s Alcina and Orlofsky in Johann Strauss’s Die Fledermaus, and the Salzburg Festival as Idamante in Peter Sellars’ production of Mozart’s Idomeneo. She recently appeared with the Dutch National Opera as Octavian in Richard Strauss’s Der Rosenkavalier and Sesto in Mozart’s La clemenza di Tito, at Zurich Opera House as Concepcion in Ravel’s L’Heure espagnole and Cherubino in Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro, and at the Teatro Real in Madrid as Countess of Essex in Britten’s Gloriana. She works regularly with MusicAeterna and Teodor Currentzis, including their Russia and the EU tour of Mozart’s Da Ponte operas. Her 2021–22 season sees her debut at the Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona, and returns to the Bolshoi Theatre and the Palau de les Arts Reina Sofia in Valencia. She also sings Elgar with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Handel on a US tour with The English Concert, and Berlioz with the Irish Chamber Orchestra.