Sara Murphy - Mezzo-soprano
Sara Murphy, "a gorgeous, deep, dark mezzo-soprano" (New York Times), is a concert, opera and recital artist who has been called "absolutely unforgettable for her versatility and ability to conquer any sensitive soul" (El Nacional, Dominican Republic). In October 2016, she made her company and role debut atthe Teatro dell’Opera di Romaas Ulrica in Verdi's Un Ballo in Maschera under the baton of Jesus Lopez-Cobos.
Current season highlights include two appearances at New York City's Carnegie Hall: A Prayer for Peace with music of Leonard Bernstein and Turkish composer Ahmed Adnan Saygun with MidAtlantic Opera and Handel's Messiah with Oratorio Society of New York. Sara appears again with Oratorio Society of New York in two performances of Mahler's Symphony No. 8 'Symphony of a Thousand," one with full orchestra and one with a world premiere organ transcription by David Briggs. Sara returns to Cincinnati May Festival as Emilia in Otello and in Mendelssohn's Elijah.
In July 2015, the newly released recording of Hindemith's The Long Christmas Dinner on Bridge Records made the top of Arts Beat's playlist in the New York Times. In addition to The New York Times, Opera News, The Guardian and Gramophone all praise her portrayal of Mother Bayard and Ermengarde: "Sara Murphy's closing aria as Ermengarde ... is marvelously poignant," writes Gramophone
During 2014-2015, performances included the Ligeti Requiem, Schnittke's Nagasaki and Hindemith's The Long Christmas Dinner with American Symphony Orchestra conducted by Leon Botstein, Handel's Messiah and the Verdi Requiem with Oratorio Society of New York conducted by Kent Tritle and a recital at Cincinnati May Festival. In 2013-2014, she debuted at Cincinnati's May Festival in Mahler’s Symphony No. 8, Beethoven's Symphony No. 9 and Tchaikovsky's Ode to Joy with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra conducted by James Conlon. Other notable performances included the Verdi Requiem at Bard College withBotstein and Elgar's Dream of Gerontius at Berkshire Choral Festival with conductor Kent Tritle.
Sara debuted at the Ravinia Festival in 2013 with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra conducted by James Conlon, earning critical acclaim for Britten's Phaedra, Barber's Dover Beach and High Priestess inAida from the Chicago Tribune: "Sara Murphy brought a rich, voluminous mezzo voice, excellent diction and an acute feeling for words and music." The 2013 season also included numerous performances of the Verdi Requiem as well as two concerts with the MidAtlantic Opera Orchestra and conductor Jason Tramm with arias and scenes from II Trovatore (Azucena), Aida (Amneris) and Un Ballo in Maschera (Ulrica). Additionally, she joined the Ensemble for the Romantic Century for the theatrical concert Frankenstein singing music of Bach and Schubert, and was alto soloist inMessiah and the RachmaninoffVespers.
Sara is a frequent soloist on the Sacred Music in a Sacred Space concert series in New York .
In recital, Sara has frequently presented Wagner's Wesendonck Lieder, and her collaborators have included pianist Dalton Baldwin and duo pianists Pascal and Ami Roge.
Sara earned a bachelor's degree from Oberlin College and a Master's degree from Catholic University. In 2010 she was awarded an honorable mention in the George London Foundation Competition and was a finalist in the Joy in Singing Competition, as well as a recipient of a Wagner Society of New York grant.