Coloratura soprano Marielle Murphy, noted for her warm, unique timbre and clarity of sound, is an exciting new performer on today's operatic scene.
With her fearless fioritura and impeccable musicianship, she embodies the complete opera singer for today's demanding audiences.
In 2015 Ms. Murphy appears at the Salzburg Festival as La Charmeuse in Thaïs, and as Blondchen in Die Entführung aus dem Serail at St. Petersburg Opera (FL).
Last season, she performed Susanna in Le Nozze di Figaro with Hubbard Hall Opera Theater and Lucia in The Rape of Lucretia with Green Mountain Opera Festival. In the 2012/13 season, she performed, to delighted audiences, her first Königin der Nacht in Die Zauberflöte with Manhattan Opera Studio at Symphony Space.
She also sang the demanding soprano solos in Haydn’s The Creation at the Winter Harbor Music Festival and Bach’s Christmas Oratorio with Bach in the Heights.
A 2010 graduate of the renowned Eastman School of Music, Marielle Murphy appeared frequently with Eastman Opera Theatre, performing the roles of Madame Herz in Der Schauspieldirektor and Mélisande in Pellèas et Mélisande. As a member of the Eastman Collegium Musicum Baroque ensemble, she sang the 2nd Witch in Dido and Aeneas and excepts from other period works.
In opera scenes with Eastman Opera Theatre she played Zerbinetta in Ariadne auf Naxos, the title roles in Lakmé and Cendrillon, and Mrs. Wordsworth in Albert Herring.
Ms. Murphy is an alumnus of the Aspen Music Festival, where she performed in scenes concerts as Despina in Così fan tutte, Amy March in Little Women, Mrs. Fiorentino in Street Scene, La Bergère in L’Enfant et les Sortilèges, and Rosemary in Lee Hoiby’s Summer and Smoke.
She has also performed as an Apprentice Artist at the Caramoor International Music Festival and as an Advanced Artist at OperaWorks.
On the concert stage she has performed Bach’s Magnificat with Bach in the Heights, Ned Rorem’s chamber work Ariel with Nouveau Classical Project of NYC, and Steve Reich’s Music for 18 Musicians with Signal Ensemble.
Marielle Murphy has twice (2013-14) been a recipient of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions Encouragement Award in the Rocky Mountain Region.
In 2014, she also received an Encouragement Award from the Licia Albanese Puccini Foundation, a 3rd Place Prize in the NJ State Opera Alfredo Silipigni Competition, and the Tony Cuervas Award in the Holt Scholarship Competition. In 2012, she was a District Winner and Regional Finalist (Gulf Coast Region) at the Met Auditions, a 2nd Prize Winner in the Henry & Maria Holt Competition, and a Finalist in both the Carmel Music Society Vocal Competition and the Rochester Oratorio Society Classical Idol Competition.
In 2009 at Eastman, she won the Voice Department Jury Award and the Opportunity Scholarship Award, while winning the 2nd Prize in the Friends of Eastman Opera Competition.
For the 2017/18 season American soprano Marielle Murphy joins the ensemble of Konzerttheater Bern.
In 2016 Ms. Murphy sang the role of Blondchen in W.A. Mozart's Entführung aus dem Serail at the St.Petersburg Opera as well as Susanna in W.A. Mozart's Le Nozze di Figaro at the Hubbard Hall Opera Theatre. Other roles in her repertoire include Die Königin der Nacht in W.A.Mozart's Die Zauberflöte, Zerbinetta in Strauss's Ariadne auf Naxos, Despina in W.A.Mozart's Cosi fan tutte, Second Witch in Purcell's Dido and Aeneas.
Marielle Murphy studied at the Eastman School of Music and in 2016 she was a semi-finalist in the Belvedere Competition in Cape Town, South Africa and the Francisco Vinas Singing Competition in January 2017. She was also invited to participate in the prestigious Young Singers Project of the Salzburger Festspiele in summer 2016.