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). The fall of 2016 marks her European debut at Opera Theater of Rome as Ulrica in Verdi’s Un Ballo in Maschera under the baton of Jesús López-Cobos. The current season continues with the role of The Wife in the world premiere of Gisle Kverndokk’s sacred opera Upon this handful of earth, and concludes at Carnegie Hall in the role of Mary Magdalene in Elgar’s The Apostles with American Symphony Orchestra. Opera News named the recent release of Hindemith’s The Long Christmas Dinner in which Sara portrays Mother Bayard and Ermengarde one of the “Top Ten Opera Recordings of 2015.”
Past season highlights include Ligeti’s Requiem, Schnittke’s Nagasaki and Hindemith’s The Long Christmas Dinner with American Symphony Orchestra conducted by Leon Botstein, and Verdi’s Otello, Mendelssohn’s Elijah, Mahler Symphony No. 8, Beethoven Symphony No. 9 and Tchaikovsky’s Ode to Joy at Cincinnati May Festival conducted by James Conlon. 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 enjoys frequent performances of Verdi Requiem, Handel’s Messiah, Mahler Symphony No. 8, Wagner’s Wesendonck Lieder, Mahler’s Rückert Lieder and Elgar’s Sea Pictures.
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.
COMPETITIONS, AWARDS AND GRANTS
2013 - First Prize, Oratorio Society of New York Solo Competition
2013 - Grant Recipient, Inter-Cities Performing Arts, Inc.
2010 - Grant Recipient, The Wagner Society of New York
2010 - Finalist, Joy in Singing Competition
2010 - Honorable Mention, George London Foundation Competition
MM • Catholic University • Voice Performance
BA • Oberlin College • Music Performance