Robert Murray


Robert Murray was a Jette Parker Young Artist of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, where he performed Tamino (Die Zauberflöte), Lysander (A Midsummer Night’s Dream), Agenore (Il re Pastore), Belfiore (La Finta Giardiniera), Jacquino (Fidelio) and Don Ottavio (Don Giovanni). He has also appeared at Opera North, Garsington Opera, Welsh National Opera, Norwegian Opera, Hamburg State Opera and the Salzburg Festival, and is a regular of the English National Opera.

Robert Murray’s concert work has include Mozart’s C Minor Mass with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra under Sir Charles Mackerras and with Le Concert D’Astrée, Britten’s War Requiem with Simone Young and Britten’s Our Hunting Fathers with Thomas Adès at the Aldeburgh Festival, Strauss’s Elektra with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra and Edward Gardner, Schumann’s Manfred with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and Ilan Volkov at the Edinburgh Festival, and Tristan und Isolde with the Rotterdam Philharmonic under Valery Gergiev. In recital, he has performed at the Newbury, Two Moors and Aldeburgh and Brighton festivals, and at London’s Wigmore Hall. Robert Murray’s wide discography includes an appearance on Malcolm Martineau’s Complete Poulenc Series (Hyperion Records), a recital of Brahms, Poulenc and Barber with Simon Lepper for Voices on BBC Radio 3, and an acclaimed recording of Die schöne Müllerin with pianist Andrew West (Stone Records). 

Recent highlights include a tour of Messiah with the Academy of Ancient Music, Haydn’s Creation with the Simon Bolivar Orchestra conducted by Gustavo Dudamel and with the LSO under Edward Gardner, and Written on Skin at the Lincoln Center with Alan Gilbert conducting the Mahler Chamber Orchestra. This season he returns to the English National Opera for Partenope, the Garsington Opera for Semele and the Edinburgh Festival for Peter Grimes; he appears in concert with the Gothenburg Symphony (Simone Young), Bergen Philharmonic (Edward Gardner), City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra (Nicholas Collon) and Konzerthaus Orchestra Berlin (Paul McCreesh).

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Dream of Gerontius

Seattle Symphony Orchestra, Edward Gardner

The greatest challenges fell to tenor Robert Murray, who sang Gerontius with beautiful timbre, expressive depth, and immaculate diction. Melinda Bargreen, The Seattle Times



Garsington Opera

"Robert Murray’s relatively small role as the High Priest did not disappoint: a typically intelligent, intriguingly ambiguous performance." Opera Today, Mark Berry
"Robert Murray's High Priest has a wonderful sense of urgency and fateful accusation." Bachtrack, Charlotte Valori
"It’s a testament to the quality of this house that it is able to cast the roles of Arbace and the ‘High Priest’ (Robert Murray) with tenors who could equally well sing the title role." MusicOMH, Melanie Eskenazi


Dream of Gerontius

CBSO/Edward Gardner, Brighton Festival particular
the tenor Robert Murray whose crystal clear tones could soar above the orchestra when required and never lost any of that clarity when reduced to the faintest of whispers. His was a performance of such delicate balance that as well as being finely sung it was both dramatic and moving. Andrew Kay/
Conductor Edward Gardner, of operatic background, seemed connected to every musician and every chorister on stage. He led tenor Robert Murray as Gerontius, an old man on point of death, to putting every ounce of feeling into an emotionally charged performance of stunning intensity. 
Louise Schweitzer/The Argus


Die schöne Müllerin, Stone Records

Andrew West, piano

He offers a clear-sighted and straightforwardly touching account. His is a light, cleanly prodcued voice with a narrow bore, which also takes on hints of a heroic steel... a well focused sound... and a voice under total techinical control... And Murray's intelligence shines through across the complete cycle, with a clever interpretative touches in the strophic songs. Gramophone Magazine, September 2016



Opera Holland Park

Fflur Wyn [was] complemented by the warm honeyed tenor of Robert Murray as the smitten army officer. Their duets were as pleasurable as their arias, and both demonstrated an elegant sense of Gallic style. Rupert Christiansen, The Telegraph, 10 July 2015
Robert Murray draws muscular passion from the feckless Gérald. Alexandra Coghlan, The Independent, 10 July 2015
[Fflur Wyn] is well matched with Robert Murray as her British army lover, Gé of the loveliest tenor sounds around.  David Nice, The Arts Desk, 10 July
This is the best singing I have heard from [Murray] and I trust he will explore other French roles. He created a sympathetic character even when he wavers in his devotion to Lakmé, causing her despair and suicide. Sebastian Petit, Opera Britannia, 11 July 2015
Robert Murray makes a worthy Gérald...his tenor always full of pleasing tone. Martin Kettle, The Guardian, 10 July 2015
Robert Murray finds gallantry and even a degree of nobility to offset the perplexity of Gérald. Richard Whitehouse, Classical Source, 09 July 2015
Robert Murray’s Gérald was impeccably sung, his fine golden tone well suited to this repertoire. His aria “Prendre le dessin d'un bijou” was delectable. Mark Pullinger, Bachtrack, 10 July 2015
Robert Murray, fresh from courting Mabel in ENO's Pirates of Penzance, tries his luck again, this time as Lakmé's suitor, Gérald. The tenor is in excellent voice these days and his account of "Ah! viens dans la forêt profonde" was unwavering and passionate. Mark Valencia, What's on Stage, 13 July 2015
Robert Murray sings [Lakmé's] suitor Gérald with a firm but poetic tenor that has class. Richard Fairman, Financial Times, 12 July 2015
...good things roll out of tenor Robert Murray as the English officer Gérald... Geoff Brown, The Spectator, 18 July 2015


The Pirates of Penzance

English National Opera

That elegant and versatile tenor Robert Murray does everything required of him as Frederic. Rupert Christiansen, The Telegraph, 10th May 2015
"Robert Murray as Frederic stood out in his often heartfelt arias" Seen and Heard / Jim Pritchard / 22 May 2015



Garsington Opera

...Robert Murray’s mellifluous Valentin... Michael Church, The Independent, 9th June 2014
The cast is pretty much faultless. Robert Murray has the ideal sweetness of voice for the plonker of a hero, and the security of his soft singing above the stave is exemplary... Rupert Christiansen, The Telegraph, 10th June 2014
The principal singers are very strong too. Robert Murray plays Valentin as a naive buffoon, but sings with rapt sweetness in his duet with Mimi. Edward Bhesania, The Stage, 16th June 2014


La clemenza di Tito

Cadogan Hall

Robert Murray's elegance and soft-grained timbre, with its flickering vibrato, characterized a ruler with a gentle heart. Yehuda Shapiro, Opera, May 2014


Acis & Galatea

Wigmore Hall

...the tenor, incisive and full-bodied from the start, came into his own in the second part. Love sounds th'alarm was a show-stopper, with Murray pacing its long crescendos to arresting effect. Erica Jeal, The Guardian, 28th November 2013
...Robert Murray was a vibrant Acis, insouciantly throwing a top C into the mix... Richard Morrison, The Times, 29th November 2013
Robert Murray's Acis was splendid too: his effortlessly powerful tenor sending out the SOS "Where shall I seek the charming fair?/ Direct the way, kind genius of the mountains!" right to the back of Wigmore Hall with no strain. Kate Kellaway, The Observer, 1st December 2013


Spring Symphony

Aldeburgh Festival

Comparably brilliant but more touching, the Mahlerian choral anthology of his “Spring Symphony” in the second half recalled Britten’s ability to set words in an unexpected way that nonetheless feels right, even inevitable. And as mediated here by Mr. Knussen — a conductor who grew up at Britten’s feet and has absorbed what makes his music work — the symphony had an explosive energy that all three vocal soloists, especially the tenor Robert Murray, helped enlarge. As strong and forthright a performance as I’ve ever heard. Michael White, New York Times, 25th November 2013


Peter Grimes


...the inhabitants of the Borough are sharply etched by the likes of Robert Murray (Bob Boles)... Rupert Christiansen, The Sunday Telegraph, 1st September 2013
The other characters make a marvellous gallery...Robert Murray's Bob Boles; all human life really is there. It's a remarkable, and surely unrepeatable achievement. Andrew Clements, The Guardian, 18th June 2013



Hamburgische Staatsoper

The tenor Robert Murray invests Essex's "lute songs" with engaging lyricism but also projects the Earl's hot-tempered nature... George Loomis, The New York Times, 2nd April 2013



Welsh National Opera

As Jephtha, tenor Robert Murray is fluent, his paternal anguish apparent... 
Rian Evans, The Guardian, 1st October 2012
Well-paced violins supported the splendid depiction of Jephtha by Robert Murray. His superb florid semiquaver passages in true baroque style were a delight. 
Maggie Cotton, Birmingham Post, 16th November 2012



Gabrieli Consort&Players, Wingèd Lion fortunate in having soloists of the calibre of...tenor Robert Murray...

Geoffrey Norris, The Sunday Telegraph, 16th September 2012



The Sixteen, Coro

Handel, Saul - The Sixteen (Coro)Jonathan's soliloquy disobeying his father's cruel order to assassinate David is sung thoughtfully by Robert Murray.
David Vickers, Gramophone, September 2012


King Arthur

Edinburgh International Festival

All of which was great fun, but a mere adjunct to the beauty of the music, with some lovely duets and trios from within the choir as well as solos from the principles, none lovelier than tenor Robert Murray's aria as a shepherd counting his blessings.
Keith Bruce, The Herald, 27th August 2012


La périchole

Garsington Opera

Her boy friend, Piquillo, is beautifully sung by Robert Murray...
Rupert Christiansen, The Telegraph, 22nd June 2012
 ...Robert Murray's delightful Essex-boy Piquillo...
Tim Ashley, The Guardian, 20th June 2012
...Robert Murray's appealing Piquillo...
Michael Church, The Independent, 19th June 2012
At the centre are two first-rate performances from the ingenue leads...Robert Murray's Piquillo. Both of them sing with grace and style...he...softer and more vulnerable.

George Hall, The Stage, 19th June 2012


The Flying Dutchman

English National Opera

Also excellent is Robert Murray’s articulate Steersman. 
George Loomis, The New York Times, 22nd May 2012
But the evening’s most elegant singing came from Robert Murray as the Steersman.
Rupert Christiansen, The Telegraph, 30th April 2012
Indeed, the evening’s best singing comes from the two tenors on the periphery...Robert Murray as a laddish Steersman.
Richard Morrison, The Times, 29th April 2012


The Dream of Gerontius

City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Symphony Hall

Robert Murray...went on to offer a searching, introspective reading of the title role. This was a Gerontius properly in extremis: his Take Me Away was spine-tingling.

Evening Standard, 16th April 2012



BERLIOZ: Grande Messe des Morts

Paul McCreesh, conductor
Robert Murray, tenor

Ensemble Wrocław
Chetham’s School of Music Symphonic Brass Ensemble
Gabrieli Consort & Players
Wrocław Philharmonic Orchestra
Wrocław Philharmonic ChoirAgnieszka Franków-Żelazny
Benjamin Bayl Assistant

Winged Lion

POULENC: The Complete Songs Vol. 2

Lisa Milne, soprano
Lorna Anderson, soprano
Robert Murray, tenor
Felicity Lott, soprano
Christopher Maltman, baritone
Jonathan Lemalu, bass-baritone
Malcolm Martineau, piano

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POULENC: The Complete Songs Vol. 1

Lisa Milne, soprano
Lorna Anderson, soprano
Robert Murray, tenor
Felicity Lott, soprano
Christopher Maltman, baritone
Jonathan Lemalu, bass-baritone
Malcolm Martineau, piano
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