CONCERT PROGRAM, Handel Messiah
MONDAY, DECEMBER 18, 2017, 8:00 PM
Sara Murphy, Mezzo-soprano
Sara Murphy has been described as “a gorgeous, deep, dark mezzo-soprano” and “absolutely unforgettable for her versatility and ability to conquer any sensitive soul.” This season she performed Mahler’s Eighth Symphony at Carnegie Hall and will debut with the RAI Orchestra as Mary in Wagner’s Der fliegende Holländer. She recently made her European debut at Opera Theater of Rome as Ulrica in Verdi’s Un ballo in maschera.
Past season highlights include several engagements with the Cincinnati Symphony at the May Festival: Verdi’s Otello, Mendelssohn’s Elijah, Mahler’s Eighth, Beethoven’s Ninth, and Tchaikovsky’s Ode to Joy. With the American Symphony Orchestra she has performed Elgar’s The Apostles, Ligeti’s Requiem, Schnittke’s Nagasaki, and Hindemith’s The Long Christmas Dinner. Opera News named the Hindemith release, in which Ms. Murphy portrays Mother Bayard and Ermengarde, one of the “Top Ten Opera Recordings of 2015.” Her performances of Britten’s Phaedra, Barber’s Dover Beach and the High Priestess (Aida) at Ravinia with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra won acclaim for her as “a rich, voluminous mezzo voice, excellent diction, and an acute feeling for words and music.” She enjoys frequent performances of Verdi’s Requiem, Handel’s Messiah, Mahler’s Eighth and Rückert Lieder, Wagner’s Wesendonck Lieder, and Elgar’s Sea Pictures and Dream of Gerontius.
Sara Murphy was the 2013 first-place winner in the Lyndon Woodside Oratorio-Solo Competition. She has frequently performed with the Society since then.