Sara Murphy recently made her European debut at Opera Theater of Rome as Ulrica in Verdi’s Un Ballo in Maschera. Her current season continues with the role of The Wife in the world premiere of Gisle Kverndokk’s sacred opera Upon this handful of earth. Opera News named the recent release of Hindemith’s The Long Christmas Dinner with the American Symphony Orchestra, in which she portrays Mother Bayard and Ermengarde, one of the “Top Ten Opera Recordings of 2015.”
Past season highlights include Ligeti’s Requiem and Schnittke’s Nagasaki with the American Symphony Orchestra, and Verdi’s Otello, Mendelssohn’s Elijah, Mahler’s Symphony No. 8, Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9, and Tchaikovsky’s Ode to Joy at the Cincinnati May Festival. Ms. Murphy’s portrayal of Britten’s Phaedra, Barber’s Dover Beach, and High Priestess in Aida at Ravinia with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra won acclaim from the Chicago Tribune. She enjoys frequent performances of Verdi’s Requiem, Handel’s Messiah, Mahler’s Symphony No. 8, Wagner’s Wesendonck Lieder, Mahler’s Rückert Lieder, and Elgar’s Sea Pictures.
Ms. Murphy holds degrees from Oberlin College and Catholic University. She is a first-prize winner of the Oratorio Society of New York Solo Vocal Competition, and a grant recipient of Inter-Cities Performing Arts and the Wagner Society of New York.