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Fiona Murphy



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Irish Soprano Fiona was described in the American publication, Opera News, as “one of the most beautiful women appearing on the opera stage today. She radiates unforced charm, and you find yourself wanting to like her before she even opens her mouth. Once she does, she delivers”. A past member of the Houston Grand Opera Studio and graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music, Philadelphia, Fiona received critical acclaim for her portrayal of The Governess in Turn of the Screw for Northern Ireland Opera and Buxton Festival. Her operatic repertoire includes Musetta, Mimi, Michaela, Donna Elvira and Liu. Fiona is a regular concert performer, including appearances with world renowned artists such as Alfie Boe and Bryn Terfel.

Fiona had a most successful career as a mezzo soprano in leading roles with Houston Grand Opera, English National Opera, Welsh National Opera, Wexford Festival Opera, Chicago Opera Theatre and the Opera Company of Philadelphia. She has now made the transition to the soprano repertoire. Her portrayal of the Governess in Britten’s Turn of the Screw for Northern Ireland Opera was critically acclaimed in the British press. She was an Opera News magazine ‘Soundbites’ page featured artist recently and heralded as a soprano to watch. 

Concert highlights include performances at the Hollywood Bowl, the Barbican, Lincoln Centre, the Kimmel Centre, Festival Hall Liverpool and the National Concert Hall Dublin. She recently performed in concert with Bryn Terfel at Grange Park Opera, with Alfie Boe and the RTE Concert Orchestra conducted by John Wilson, and a gala proms concert with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic conducted by Carl Davis. Oratorio work includes Verdi’s Requiem with the RTE Concert Orchestra and Handel’s Messiah with the RTE National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland. Additionally Fiona has sung with many other orchestras including The Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, the Los Angeles Philharmonic and Columbus Symphony Orchestra.

Engagements last season include Madame Lidoine in Dialogues des Carmélites for Grange Park Opera, Musetta in La Boheme for Opera Project at the Longborough Festival and Viennese Gala Concerts with Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra.

Handel Messiah
Mozart Mass in C Minor
Verdi Requiem
Mass in C Minor
Britten The Turn of the ScrewGoverness
Donizetti Gianni di ParigiLorezza
Mozart Don GiovanniDonna Elvira
Poulenc Dialogues des CarmélitesMadame Lidoine
The Turn of the Screw
Gianni di Parigi
Don Giovanni
Donna Elvira
Dialogues des Carmélites
Madame Lidoine
Governess in The Turn of the Screw for NI Opera
Culture Magazine Sunday Times
The brave performance of the Dublin-born Fiona Murphy, a former mezzo turned soprano, whose vibrant sound is bigger and darker than one expects in this pure lyric role.
Governess in The Turn of the Screw for NI Opera
The Telegraph
Fiona Murphy sang with vibrant tone and warm feeling as a sympathetic rather than strident Governess.
Governess in The Turn of the Screw for NI Opera
The Irish Times
Dramatically deft and vocally splendid.
Governess in The Turn of the Screw for NI Opera
Irish Theatre Magazine
Fiona Murphy singing her first Governess, catches the character's vulnerability and mounting anxieties very effectively. Her tone is fulsome, the voice strongly underpinned technically, and her conception of the part already impressively differentiated.

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