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Meet the Singers: Rebecca Murphy

With our Spring programme Music for the Sun King getting closer and closer what better time to introduce you to some of the wonderfully talented singers that will be gracing the stage! In this blog we will be getting to know soprano, Rebecca Murphy.

Rebecca Murphy (Soprano)

Rebecca, originally from Northern Ireland, holds a First Class Honours degree in Music from Queens University Belfast (where she studied with Debra Stuart), and has completed her Master of Music in Vocal Performance at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, under the vocal tutelage of Wilma MacDougall.

After receiving the Hamilton Harty Scholarship, Rebecca also studied with Daphne Evangelatos (Hochschule München).

Rebecca’s operatic roles include Rose Maurrant in Street Scene, Soprano 1 in Le Vin Herbé, Ella in If you can find me, Dido in Dido and Aeneas, and Maria in West Side Story. She has also performed scenes as Vixen in The Cunning Little Vixen, Blanche in Dialogues des Carmélites, and Susanna in Le Nozze di Figaro. An advocate for contemporary opera, she has also recently performed with The Belfast Ensemble as The Vile Little Girl in Conor Mitchell’s The Musician, as well as debuting as Talia in Sean Doherty’s Waking Beauty. Her Chorus work includes Prokofiev’s The Fiery Angel (Scottish Opera) and Theodora (Sestina/Irish Baroque Orchestra).

Upcoming roles include Liscione in Scarlatti’s La Dirindina (NI Opera Studio), as well as touring a children’s opera called Pampelmousse with NI Opera.

In 2016, she was a finalist in Northern Ireland Opera’s Festival of Voice Competition.

Also a keen ensemble singer, Rebecca has appeared with ensembles including Sestina, Genesis Sixteen(conducted by Harry Christophers), The Kellie Consort, RCS Voices, the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, and Les Sirénes. Rebecca also recently made her recital debut at the Blackwater Valley Opera Festival, Co. Waterford, in association with the Irish Heritage Bursary.

Rebecca’s concert performances include Handel Alexander’s Feast, Bach Cantata BWV 199, Brahms Requiem, Bach Magnificat, Rutter Magnificat, Beethoven Mass in C, Vivaldi Gloria, Stanford Requiem, Mozart Vespers, and Handel Dixit Dominus.

Rebecca is currently a Studio Artist with Northern Ireland Opera, receiving coaching from Kathryn Harries, Walter Sutcliffe and Stefan Vinke.

Hear Rebecca perform 'Music for the Sun King' in Belfast, Dublin and Cork with Sestina Music this April.

Belfast: Clonard Monastery - 26th April 2019, 7.30pm

Dublin: Christ Church Cathedral - 27th April 2019, 8pm

Cork: Saints Peter and Paul's Church - 28th April 2019, 3pm


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