Sara Murphy - Mezzo-soprano
Sara Murphy, “a gorgeous, deep, dark mezzo-soprano” (New York Times), is a vocal artist who has been called “absolutely unforgettable for her versatility and ability to conquer any sensitive soul” (El Nacional, Dominican Republic).
A highlight of Sara’s 2018-2019 season is The Dichter Project: Eduard Mörike, a marathon two-part performance of Hugo Wolf’s revolutionary songbook on texts by Eduard Mörike, accompanied by pianist Martin Katz, presented by Five Boroughs Music Festival and Brooklyn Art Song Society.
Sara’s recent engagements include two European debuts: Ulrica in Verdi’s Un Ballo in Maschera at Opera Theater of Rome under the baton of Jesús López-Cobos, and Mary in Wagner’s Der fliegende Holländer with the RAI Orchestra conducted by James Conlon.
Her 2017 performance of Mary Magdalene in Elgar’s The Apostles with American Symphony Orchestra at Carnegie Hall was “sung with great depth of feeling and luxuriant tone … One of the evening’s high points was her intense performance…” (Opera News). Sara portrayed Mother Bayard and Cousin Ermengarde in Hindemith’s The Long Christmas Dinner with American Symphony Orchestra at Lincoln Center, the live recording of which topped The New York Times’ Classical Playlist and was one of Opera News’ Best Recordings of the Year.
Sara has appeared in numerous performances with the Cincinnati Symphony at the May Festival conducted by James Conlon: Verdi’s Otello, Mendelssohn’s Elijah, Mahler Symphony No. 8, Beethoven Symphony No. 9 and Tchaikovsky’s Ode to Joy. With the American Symphony Orchestra and conductor Leon Botstein she has performed Elgar’s The Apostles, Ligeti Requiem, Schnittke’s Nagasaki and Hindemith’s The Long Christmas Dinner. Her portrayal of Britten’s Phaedra, Barber’s Dover Beach and High Priestess (Aida) at Ravinia with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra conducted by James Conlon won acclaim from the Chicago Tribune: “a rich, voluminous mezzo voice, excellent diction and an acute feeling for words and music.” She has joined Oratorio Society of New York for several sold-out performances of Handel’s Messiah at Carnegie Hall, as well as presentations of Mahler Symphony No. 8 and Verdi Requiem.
Sara 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.