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 debut at the Metropolitan Opera, as Stéphano Roméo et Juliette, a return to Santa Fe Opera as Ruggiero in Alcina and Orlofsky Die Fledermaus and the Salzburg Festival as Idamante in Peter Sellars’ production of Idomeneo conducted by Teodor Currentzis. She recently appeared with the Dutch National Opera as Octavian Der Rosenkavalier and Sesto La Clemenza di Tito, at Opernhaus Zürich as Concepcion in L’heure Espagnole and Cherubino Le Nozze di Figaro, at the Teatro Real in Madrid as Countess of Essex in Britten’s Gloriana.
On the concert platform she works regularly with MusicAeterna and Teodor Currentzis. She made her debut at the BBC Proms in 2017 in Haydn’s Paukenmesse, and has appeared with the Orchestre de Chambre de Paris in Handel’s Messiah, the Spanish National Orchestra in Mendelssohn’s Elijah, and the Scottish Chamber Orchestra in Bach’s Christmas Oratorio.
In her 20-21 season Paula’s sings Dorabella Cosi fan tutte at the Palau de les Arts in Valencia, Clairon Capriccio at Opernhaus Zürich, and sings the title role Ariodante both in concert at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden and in her company debut at the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow. On the concert platform Paula can be heard in Mozart Requiem at the Festspielhaus Baden-Baden, and Mahler’s Das Lied von der Erde at the Tiroler Festspiele Erl amongst others.