Miriam Murphy, who has been hailed as one of Ireland’s most exciting dramatic sopranos, began her studies under Veronica Dunne in Dublin and is an Associate of the Royal Academy of Music in London.
She was the first prize winner at the inaugural Seattle International Wagner Competition and subsequently returned to Seattle to perform in their acclaimed Ring cycle. Following a sensational debut at London’s Royal Opera House as Lady Macbeth in Verdi's Macbeth, she has gone on to sing roles at some of the world's top opera houses. She has sung with Opéra national de Paris, Glyndebourne Festival Opera, Seattle Opera, Wexford Festival Opera, Welsh National Opera, Opera North, ABAO Bilbao Opera and Opéra de Lille. She sang Aufseherin in Covent Garden’s critically acclaimed production of Strauss’s Elektra and Female Convict in Shostakvich’s Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk.
In 2012 she sang Isolde in the first Irish performance in 62 years of Wagner’s Tristan and Isolde for Wide Open Opera in Dublin. Most recently she has sung Mother in Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel with Welsh National Opera and enjoyed much critical acclaim for Verdi’s Lady Macbeth with the same company. She makes her Irish National Opera stage debut as Mother in Hansel and Gretel.