Robert Murray sings The Evangelist in St Matthew Passion

The Bury Bach Choir is delighted that distinguished tenor Robert Murray will be joining us to sing the role of The Evangelist at our performance of Bach’s masterpiece, the St Matthew Passion, at St Edmundsbury Cathedral on Saturday 6 April.

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

For the Royal Opera, he sang Tamino Die Zauberflote, Borsa Rigoletto, Gastone La Traviata, Harry La Fanciulla del West, Lysander A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Jaquino Fidelio and Don Ottavio Don Giovanni.  For English National Opera he sang Simpleton Boris Godunov, Tamino, Toni Reischmann in Henze’s Elegy For Young Lovers, Idamante Idomeneo, Don  Ottavio, Steuerman Der fliegende Holländer and Frederic Pirates of Penzance.  He has also performed for Welsh National Opera, Opera North, Garsington Opera, Hamburg Opera, Norwegian Opera and Glyndebourne on Tour.

He has performed in concert and recital at the Wigmore Hall, the Newbury, Two Moors, Brighton, Aldeburgh and Edinburgh festivals, and with the Simon Bolivar Orchestra (Gustavo Dudamel), Le Concert D’Astrée (Emmanuelle Haïm), City of  Birmingham Symphony Orchestra (Sir Charles Mackerras), Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra (Yannick Nezet-Seguin), Philharmonia Orchestra (Esk-Pekka Salonen) and with Sir John Eliot Gardiner at the BBC Proms.  In recording, he appears on Malcolm Martineau’s Complete Poulenc Songs series for Signum, excerpts from Britten’s Gloriana with Ed Gardner for Chandos, Mendelssohn's Elijah and Berlioz’s Grande Messe des Morts with the Gabrieli Consort & Players, Giacomo Carissimi's Jephte with La Nuova Musica and David Bates, and Stanford's Stabat Mater with The Bach Choir conducted by David Hill.

Recent highlights include Dream of Gerontius with the Seattle Symphony (Gardner) and Boston Philharmonic (Zander), and a staging of the St John Passion by Calixto Bieito, in Bilbao.  Engagements for 2018/19 and beyond include Katie Mitchell’s staging of Written on Skin in Beijing and Shanghai, The Merry Widow with the English National Opera and a return to the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden; also concerts with the City of Birmingham Symphony  Orchestra (Kazuki Yamada), Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra (Gardner) and London Symphony Orchestra (Sir Simon Rattle). 

Tickets at £16 and £21 are available from or by phoning the Box Office on 01284 758000.


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