Learn more about H&H's rich history and explore our interactive timeline.
Irish mezzo-soprano Paula Murrihy has appeared at London’s Royal Opera House, Teatro Comunale, Bologna, Santa Fe Opera, Opera Theatre of St. Louis, Oper Frankfurt, Opera de Nice, Chicago Opera Theater, Wexford Festival Opera, Boston Lyric Opera and Opera Boston in a range of roles including the title role in Handel’s Ariodante, Dido in Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas, Annio/La Clemenza di Tito, 2nd Lady/Die Zauberflöte, Cherubino/Ghosts of Versailles, Tebaldo/Don Carlo, Helene Une Education Manquee and Ino/Semele. She returned to the Royal Opera in 2010 as Mercedes in Carmen and recently joined Oper Frankfurt as a member of their ensemble where her roles have included Dorabella/Cosi fan Tutte, Medoro/Orlando Furioso, Baba/The Rake's Progress and Scipio in Glanert’s Caligula. Plans this season in Frankfurt include L'etoile and Les Contes d'Hoffmann, and she makes her debut at Théâtre du Capitole, Toulouse as Annio/La Clemenza di Tito.
Murrihy’s extensive concert repertoire includes Mozart’s Requiem, Bach’s St Matthew and St John Passions, Handel's Messiah, Rossini’s Petite Messe Solenelle and Schubert’s Mass in C. She is a frequent soloist with the Handel & Haydn Society of Boston and more recently performed Messiah with Huddersfield Choral Society, Mendelssohn’s Elijah Utah Symphony, Haydn’s Harmoniemesse Gabrieli Consort, Paukenmesse as part of the Tanglewood season and the St Matthew Passion both for Boston Symphony Orchestra. She was alto soloist in Bach's B Minor Mass at the 2011 Annual Cartagena International Music Festival, Colombia. An accomplished recitalist, she has performed at the Aldeburgh Festival, UK, New York Festival of Song, Wexford Festival and with the Irish Chamber Orchestra in the Shannon International Music Festival. She was also invited to participate in the Marilyn Horne Foundation Masterclass Series at Carnegie Hall, New York. In January 2012 she will be the soloist in the world premiere of John Harbison's Symphony No. 6 with the Boston Symphony Orchestra.
During the 2010/11 season Paula Murrihy performed Kreusa in the first performances in Germany of Reimann’s Medea, Dido in a new production of Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas, Cherubino (Le nozze di Figaro), Medoro (Orlando furioso) and Annio (La clemenza di Tito), all for Oper Frankfurt, and as Medoro in Orlando furioso in her debut at Opéra de Nice. She was also seen in cinemas worldwide as Mercedes in the first co-production of RealD & London's Royal Opera House of CARMEN in 3D.
Murrihy has been a Young Artist at the Santa Fe Opera, Opera Theatre of St. Louis, Utah Opera, Merola /San Francisco Opera Center and Tanglewood Music Center. She holds a Master of Music from the New England Conservatory, where she was the recipient of the John Moriarty Presidential Scholarship and Presser Award. She received her Bachelor in Music Performance from the DIT Conservatory of Music & Drama, Dublin, Ireland