Due to illness, Anna Stephany has had to withdraw from this Saturday’s concert Britten Sinfonia: Elder Conducts Brahms And Mahler. The programme of music will not change and her place will be taken by Paula Murrihy (below).
The Irish mezzo soprano enjoys a busy career working at the highest level in both Europe and America. Previously a member of Oper Frankfurt’s prestigious ensemble, Paula has also appeared at the Metropolitan Opera, New York, the Santa Fe Festival, Los Angeles Opera, Opernhaus Zürich, Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, Dutch National Opera and Teatro Real Madrid.
Her full biography is below:
Irish Mezzo-Soprano Paula Murrihy 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 was a member of Oper Frankfurt’s acclaimed ensemble, where her numerous appearances have included Annio La Clemenza di Tito, Medoro Orlando Furioso, Dido Dido and Aeneas, Lazuli L’étoile, Dorabella Cosi fan tutte, Orontea and Octavian Der Rosenkavalier, Hänsel in Humperdinck’s Hänsel und Gretel, and Polissena in Radamisto.
She made her role debut as Carmen to critical acclaim with the highly successful team behind Dido & Aeneas – Barrie Kosky and Constantinos Carydis.
Paula maintains a close connection with the United States and has appeared as Ino in Semele for Boston Lyric Opera, 2nd Lady Die Zauberflöte at Santa Fe Opera, Annio at the Chicago Opera Theater, Cherubino Ghosts of Versailles for Opera Theatre St Louis and Dido for Los Angeles Opera. In Europe, Paula made her debut at Covent Garden as Tebaldo Don Carlo, and returned as Mercedes Carmen.
She has appeared as Annio at the Théâtre Capitole Toulouse, as Medoro at Opéra de Nice, as Ascanio in Terry Gilliam’s production of Benvenuto Cellini at English National Opera, and as Octavian Der Rosenkavalier at De Nationale Opera Amsterdam and the Staatsoper Stuttgart.
Recent highlights include her debut at the Metropolitan Opera, as Stéphano Roméo et Juliette, appearances at Santa Fe Opera as Ruggiero in Alcina and Orlofsky Die Fledermaus, Cherubino Le Nozze di Figaro and Concepcion L’Heure Espagnole for Opernhaus Zürich, her debut for Teatro Real Madrid as Frances, Countess of Essex in David McVicar’s new production of Gloriana, 2nd Dame Die Zauberflöte for the Salzburg Festival and Sesto La Clemenza di Tito at Nationale Opera Amsterdam.
On the concert platform, Paula works regularly with MusicAeterna and Teodor Currentzis appearing in concert performances of Cosi fan tutte, Le nozze di Figaro and Purcell’s Indian Queen, Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater, and at the Diaghilev Festival in Perm Mahler’s Kindertotenlieder and Hindemith’s Die Junge Magd.
She made her debut at the BBC Proms in 2017 in Haydn’s Paukenmesse, and appeared with the Orchestre de Chambre de Paris in Handel’s Messiah, the Spanish National Orchestra and Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra in Elijah, Scottish Chamber Orchestra for Christmas Oratorio, the Nederlandse Programma Stichting for Handel’s Solomon, Alexander’s Feast and Honneger’s Judith, and the London Philharmonic Orchestra for Beethoven Missa Solemnis.
In the United States she has worked with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, where she premiered John Harbison’s Symphony No. 6, the North Carolina Symphony Orchestra (Beethoven Symphony 9), the Handel and Haydn Society (Juno/Ino in Semele) and the St Paul Chamber Orchestra in performances of Bach’s St Matthew Passion.
An accomplished recitalist, Paula has given performances at the Aldeburgh Festival, the Shannon International Music Festival and the Chancellor’s Concert at the University of Limerick. She recently gave a recital in Frankfurt with accompanist Malcolm Martineau, and in Perm with accompanist Tanya Blaich.
In her 2018-19 season, appearances include Komponist Ariadne aud Naxos at Oper Frankfurt, Judit Bluebeard’s Castle for the new Irish Opera Company in Dublin, Annio La Clemenza di Tito at the Metropolitan Opera, New York, Octavian Der Rosenkavalier with Opera nacional de Chile, Santiago and Idamante Idomeneo at the Salzburg Festival. On the concert platform Paula joins Maestro Teodor Currentzis for a European tour of Mahler Lied at the Munich Philharmonie, Teatro alla Scala, Milan and Müpa Budapest.
She will also sing Mussorgsky Songs & Dances of Death at the Casa da Música, as well as recitals at the Wigmore Hall with pianist Malcolm Martineau and tenor Robin Tritschler.