Robert Murray tenor
Robert Murray studied at the Royal College of Music and the National Opera Studio. He was a Jette Parker Young Artist at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden.
Operatic roles include Tamino Die Zauberflote, Lysander A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Agenore Il re Pastore, Belfiore La Finta Giardiniera, Jacquino Fidelio and Don Ottavio Don Giovanni for the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden; the title role in Albert Herring for Glyndebourne Touring Opera; Piquillo La Périchole and Tom Rakewell The Rake’s Progress for Garsington Opera; Ferrando Cosi fan Tutte for Opera North; Male Chorus Rape of Lucretia for Den Norske Oper; The Simpleton Boris Godunov, Tamino, Toni Reischmann Henze’s Elegy For Young Lovers, Idamante Idomeneo, Don Ottavio Don Giovanni and Steuermann Der Fliegende Hollaender for ENO; Benvolio Romeo et Juliette at the Salzburg Festival; the title role in Jephtha for Welsh National Opera and the Handel&Haydn Society, Boston; Earl of Essex in Britten’s Gloriana in his debut at the Staatsoper Hamburg and Bob Boles Peter Grimes in Aldeburgh, as part of their Britten centenary celebrations.
Concert 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 under Haim; the Evangelist in Bach’s St John Passion for the London Handel Festival; Acis and Galatea (Damon), Berlioz’s Grand Messe des Morts, Handel’s Saul , Haydn’s Creation (at the Gstaad Festival) and Mendelssohn’s Elijah (at the BBC Proms) with the Gabrieli Consort & Players; the Mozart Requiem at London’s Barbican Mostly Mozart Festival with Harry Christophers and The Sixteen. At the Aldeburgh Festival, he has performed Britten’s War Requiem with Simone Young, and Britten’s Our Hunting Fathers with the CBSO and Thomas Adès. At the Edinburgh Festival he has performed in Strauss’s Elektra with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra and Edward Gardner, Haydn’s Die sieben letzten Worte des Erlösers am Kreuze with the SCO, Delius’ Mass of Life with Sir Andrew Davis and Purcell’s King Arthur with The Sixteen and Harry Christophers. Other concert work includes Tristan und Isolde under Valery Gergiev and Bach’s St Matthew Passion under Yannick Nezet-Seguin, both with the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra; semi-staged performances of Berg’s Wozzeck in London and Paris with the Philharmonia Orchestra and Esk-Pekka Salonen, Britten’s Serenade with the Orchestre national de Lyon under McCreesh and Elgar’s The Dream of Gerontius with Edward Gardner and the CBSO.
In recital he has performed at the Newbury, Two Moors, Brighton and Aldeburgh Festivals and at London’s Wigmore Hall. Most recently he has appeared on Malcolm Martineau’s Complete Poulenc Songs series for Signum, excerpts from Britten’s Gloriana with Ed Gardner for Chandos and Berlioz’s Grande Messe des Morts with the Gabrieli Consort & Players.
Recent and future engagements include Offenbach’s Vert-Vert for Garsington Opera, Frederick Pirates of Penzance for English National Opera and a return to the Handel & Haydn Society, Boston.
Robert Murray's past performances