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.
She maintains a close connection with the United States, where recent appearances have included her debut at the Metropolitan Opera, as Stéphano in Gounod’s Roméo et Juliette, and performances at Santa Fe Opera as Ruggiero Handel’s Alcina and Orlofsky in Johann Strauss’s Die Fledermaus. In Europe, she made her debut at the Royal Opera House in London as Tebaldo in Verdi’s Don Carlo, and returned as Mercédès in Bizet’s Carmen. Further recent highlights include Idamante in Mozart’s Idomeneo at the Salzburg Festival, and her company debut in Madrid’s Teatro Real as Frances, Countess of Essex in Britten’s Gloriana directed by David McVicar.
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 in Mendelssohn’s Elijah, and the Scottish Chamber Orchestra in Bach’s Christmas Oratorio.
Her 2019-20 appearances include the title role in Fauré’s Pénélope at Oper Frankfurt, Donna Elvira in Mozart’s Don Giovanni with the Orchestra of the Eighteenth Century, and a European tour of Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro and Così fan tutte with MusicAeterna and Teodor Currentzis. On the concert platform she sings in Beethoven’s Choral Symphony with North Carolina Symphony and Handel’s Messiah with the Philadelphia Orchestra.