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Tenor Robert Murray makes his Handel and Haydn Society debut with Handel Jephtha. Murray studied at the Royal College of Music and the National Opera Studio. He won second prize in the Kathleen Ferrier awards 2003, and was a Jette Parker Young Artist at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden. Operatic roles at the Royal Opera House include Tamino (Die Zauberflote), Borsa (Rigoletto), Gastone (La Traviata), Harry (La Fanciulla del West), Lysander (A Midsummer Night’s Dream), Agenore (Il re Pastore), Belfiore (La Finta Giardiniera), Jacquino (Fidelio), and Don Ottavio (Don Giovanni). He recently sang the title role in Albert Herring for Glyndebourne On Tour; Tom Rakewell (The Rake’s Progress) and Tamino for Garsington Opera; The Simpleton (Boris Godunov), Tamino, Toni Reischmann (Henze’s Elegy For Young Lovers), Idamante (Idomeneo), and Don Ottavio (Don Giovanni) for ENO; Benvolio (Romeo et Juliette) at the Salzburg Festival; Ferrando (Cosi fan Tutte) for Opera North; and Male Chorus (Rape of Lucretia) for Norway Opera. Future engagements include La Périchole for GarsingtonOpera and Steuerman Der fliegende Holländer for ENO.
Murray has sung in concert with many of the leading early music specialists, and performances include Haydn’s Nelson Mass with Sir John Eliot Gardiner for the BBC Proms; Mozart’s C Minor Mass both with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra under Sir Charles Mackerras and with Le Concert D’Astrée; the Evangelist in Bach’s St John Passion for the London Handel Festival; Acis and Galatea (Damon), Berlioz’s Grand Messe des Morts and Handel’s Saul with the Gabrieli Consort & Players; and the Mozart Requiem at London’s Barbican Mostly Mozart Festival with Harry Christophers and The Sixteen. Forthcoming concert work includes performances of Britten’s Serenade in Lyon and Nocturne in St Paul, Minnesota. Most recently he has appeared on Malcolm Martineau’s Complete Poulenc Songs series for Signum and Berlioz’s Grande Messe des Morts with the Gabrieli Consort & Players.