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 (Royal Opera House, Covent Garden); the title role in Albert Herring (Glyndebourne Touring Opera); Piquillo La Périchole and Tom Rakewell The Rake’s Progress (Garsington Opera); Ferrando Cosi fan Tutte (Opera North); Male Chorus Rape of Lucretia (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 (English National Opera); Benvolio Roméo et Juliette (Salzburg Festival); the title role in Jephtha (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 (CBSO/Sir Charles Mackerras and Le Concert D’Astrée/Haim); Evangelist in Bach’s St John Passion (London Handel Festival); Damon in Handel’s Acis and Galatea, Berlioz’s Grande Messe des Morts, Handel’s Saul , Haydn’s Creation (Gstaad Festival) and Mendelssohn’s Elijah (BBC Proms) with the Gabrieli Consort & Players; and 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 (CBSO/Thomas Adès). At the Edinburgh Festival he has performed in Strauss’s Elektra (Royal Scottish National Orchestra/Edward Gardner), Haydn’s Die sieben letzten Worte des Erlösers am Kreuze (SCO), Delius’ Mass of Life with Sir Andrew Davis and Purcell’s King Arthur (The Sixteen/Harry Christophers). Other concert work includes Tristan und Isolde under Valery Gergiev and Bach’s St Matthew Passion under Yannick Nézet-Séguin, both with the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra; semi-staged performances of Berg’s Wozzeck in London and Paris (Philharmonia Orchestra/Esa-Pekka Salonen), Britten’s Serenade (Orchestre National de Lyon/McCreesh) and Elgar’s The Dream of Gerontius (CBSO/Edward Gardner).
In recital he has performed at the Newbury, Two Moors, Brighton and Aldeburgh Festivals and at London’s Wigmore Hall. He has toured Die schöne Müllerin extensively with Malcolm Martineau, and recorded a recital of Brahms, Poulenc and Barber with Simon Lepper for Voices on BBC Radio 3. Most recently he has appeared on Malcolm Martineau’s Complete Poulenc Songs series for Signum, excerpts from Britten’s Gloriana with Edward Gardner for Chandos and Berlioz’s Grande Messe des Morts with the Gabrieli Consort & Players.
Future engagements include Mendelssohn’s Symphony No.2 (CBSO/Edward Gardner); Carmina Burana (Orchestre National de Lyon); Bach’s St Matthew Passion in a tour of the Netherlands with the Netherlands Bach Society and appearances at Garsington and Scottish Opera.