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Robert Murray (Tenor)

Born: Essex, England

The English tenor, Robert Murray, studied at the Royal College of Music and the National Opera Studio. He won second prize in the Kathleen Ferrier awards 2003 and was a Jette Parker Young Artist at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden.

Operatic roles include Tamino in Die Zauberflote, Lysander in A Midsummer Nightís Dream, Agenore in Il re Pastore, Belfiore in La Finta Giardiniera, Jacquino in Fidelio and Don Ottavio in Don Giovanni (Royal Opera House, Covent Garden); the title role in Albert Herring (Glyndebourne Touring Opera); Piquillo in La Périchole and Tom Rakewell The Rakeís Progress (Garsington Opera); Ferrando in Cosi fan Tutte (Opera North); Male Chorus in Rape of Lucretia (Den Norske Oper); The Simpleton in Boris Godunov, Tamino, Toni Reischmann in Henzeís Elegy For Young Lovers, Idamante in Idomeneo, Don Ottavio in Don Giovanni and Steuermann in Der Fliegende Hollaender (English National Opera); Benvolio in Roméo et Juliette (Salzburg Festival); the title role in Jephtha (Welsh National Opera and the Handel and Haydn Society, Boston); Earl of Essex in Benjamin Brittenís Gloriana in his debut at the Staatsoper Hamburg and Bob Boles in Peter Grimes in Aldeburgh, as part of their B. Britten centenary celebrations.

Concert performances include Haydnís Nelson Mass with Sir John Eliot Gardiner for the BBC Proms; George Frideric Handelís Solomon with the Norddeutscher Rundfunk in Hamburg; W.A. Mozartís C Minor Mass (City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra/Sir Charles Mackerras and Le Concert d'Astrée/Emmanuelle Haïm); Evangelist in J.S. Bachís St John Passion (BWV 245) (London Handel Festival); Damon in G.F. Handelís Acis and Galatea, Berliozís Grande Messe des Morts, G.F. Handelís Saul, Haydnís Creation (Gstaad Festival) and Felix Mendelssohnís Elijah (BBC Proms) with the Gabrieli Consort & Players; and W.A. Mozart's Requiem at Londonís Barbican Mostly Mozart Festival with Harry Christophers and The Sixteen. At the Aldeburgh Festival, he has performed B. Brittenís War Requiem with Simone Young, and B. Brittenís Our Hunting Fathers (City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra/Thomas Adès). At the Edinburgh Festival he has performed in Straussí Elektra (Royal Scottish National Orchestra/Edward Gardner), Robert Schumannís Manfred with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and Ilan Volkov, Haydnís Die sieben letzten Worte des Erlösers am Kreuze (Scottish Chamber Orchestra), Deliusí Mass of Life with Sir Andrew Davis and Purcellís King Arthur (The Sixteen/Harry Christophers). Other concert work includes Tristan und Isolde under Valery Gergiev and J.S. Bachís St Matthew Passion (BWV 244) under Yannick Nézet-Séguin, both with the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra; semi-staged performances of Alban Bergís Wozzeck in London and Paris (Philharmonia Orchestra/Esa-Pekka Salonen), B. Brittenís Serenade (Orchestre National de Lyon/Paul McCreesh) and Edward Elgarís The Dream of Gerontius (City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra/Edward Gardner).

In recital he has performed at the Newbury, Two Moors, Brighton and Aldeburgh Festivals and at Londonís Wigmore Hall. He has toured Die schöne Müllerin extensively with Malcolm Martineau, and recorded a recital of Johannes Brahms, Francis Poulenc and Samuel Barber with Simon Lepper for Voices on BBC Radio 3, and performed On Wenlock Edge with the Dante Quartet both at the 2006 Brighton Festival and at Londonís Wigmore Hall. Most recently he has appeared on Malcolm Martineauís Complete F. Poulenc Songs series for Signum, excerpts from B. Brittenís Gloriana with Edward Gardner for Chandos and Berliozís Grande Messe des Morts with the Gabrieli Consort & Players.

Future engagements include Felix Mendelssohnís Symphony No.2 (City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra/Edward Gardner); Carmina Burana (Orchestre National de Lyon); J.S. Bachís St Matthew Passion (BWV 244) in a tour of the Netherlands with the Nederlandse Bachvereniging and appearances at Garsington and Scottish Opera.

Source: Retrospect Ensemble Website; Musical World Website; Askonas Holt Website (Photos 01-02)
Contributed by
Aryeh Oron (July 2014)

Recordings of Bach Cantatas & Other Vocal Works




John Eliot Gardiner


Member of Monteverdi Choir:
BCP Vol. 4: CD-2:
BWV 186, BWV 107, BWV 187|
BCP Vol. 5: CD-1:
BWV 178, BWV 136, BWV 45; CD-2: BWV 46, BWV 101, BWV 102
BCP Vol. 7: CD-1:
BWV 25, BWV 78, BWV 17
BCP Vol. 10: CD-1:
BWV 48, BWV 5, BWV 90, BWV 56; CD-2: BWV 79, BWV 192, BWV 80
BCP Vol. 12: CD-2:
BWV 139, BWV 163, BWV 52, BWV 140
BCP Vol. 14:
BWV 91, BWV 121, BWV 40, BWV 110
BCP Vol. 15:
BWV 64, BWV 151, BWV 57, BWV 133
BCP Vol. 16:
BWV 225, BWV 122, BWV 28, BWV 190
BCP V. 19: CD-1:
BWV 155, BWV 3, BWV 13; CD-2: BWV 26, BWV 81, BWV 14, BWV 227
BCP Vol. 20: CD-1:
BWV 144, BWV 84, BWV 92; CD-2: BWV 18, BWV 181, BWV 126
BCP Vol. 21: CD-1:
BWV 22, BWV 23, BWV 127, BWV 159; CD-2: BWV 182, BWV 1
BCP Vol. 23: CD-2:
BWV 104, BWV 85, BWV 112
BCP Vol. 24: CD-1:
BWV 12, BWV 103, BWV 146
BCP Trinity I:
BWV 94, BWV 105, BWV 168
BCP Trinity II:
BWV 113, BWV 179
BCP Purification:
BWV 83, BWV 125
BWV 245 [2nd, 2003]

David Temple


V-1 (2016): BWV 245 [sung in English, Evangelist]

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Robert Murray (Askonas Holt)
Robert Murray (Musical World)

Robert Murray - tenor (Retrospect Ensemble)

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