Irish Mezzo-Soprano Paula Murrihy enjoys a busy career working at the highest level in both Europe and the US. Previously a member of Oper Frankfurt’s acclaimed ensemble, her many roles in Frankfurt included Dido Dido and Aeneas, Lazuli L’étoile, Octavian Der Rosenkavalier, Medoro Orlando Furioso, and creating the role of Carmen in Barrie Kosky’s iconic production.
Paula received her Bachelor of Music from DIT Conservatory of Music and Drama in Dublin before continuing her studies in North America at the New England Conservatory. She also participated in the Britten-Pears Young Artist Programme, San Francisco Opera’s Merola Program and as an apprentice at Santa Fe Opera.
Paula opened her 2022-23 season with a return to the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden to sing the role of Donna Elvira Don Giovanni directed by Kasper Holten, followed by the title role Carmen for her company debut at the Det Kongelige Teater Copenhagen. Further season highlights include singing the role of Countess of Essex for English National Opera’s Platinum Jubilee concert performance of Britten’s Gloriana, joining Irish National Opera as Octavian Der Rosenkavalier, Santa Fe Opera as Messaggeria in Monteverdi’s Orfeo and a return to Oper Frankfurt for her debut as Dejanira in Handel’s Hercules, in a new production by Barrie Kosky, conducted by Laurence Cummings. In concert her performances include Judith Bluebeard’s Castle with the Vorarlberg Symphony Orchestra in Bregenz, Cherubino Le nozze di Figaro with the Handel & Haydn Society in Boston, Sara Abramo de Isacco with Collegium 1704 at the Salzburg Festival and the role of Didon in Berlioz’ Les Troyens with the Monteverdi Choir & Orchestra, conducted by John Eliot Gardiner.