Robert Murray studied at the Royal College of Music and the National Opera Studio. He was a Jette Parker Young Artist at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden.
Operatic roles include Tamino Die Zauberflote, Lysander A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Agenore Il re Pastore, Belfiore La Finta Giardiniera, Jacquino Fidelio and Don Ottavio Don Giovanni for the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden; the title role in Albert Herring for Glyndebourne Touring Opera; Offenbach’s Vert-Vert , Piquillo La Périchole and Tom Rakewell The Rake’s Progress for Garsington Opera; Ferrando Cosi fan Tutte for Opera North; Male Chorus Rape of Lucretia for Den Norske Oper and the Nantes Opera; The Simpleton Boris Godunov, Tamino, Toni Reischmann Henze’s Elegy For Young Lovers, Idamante Idomeneo, Don Ottavio Don Giovanni, Steuermann Der Fliegende Hollaender and Frederic in Pirates of Penzance for ENO; Gérald in Lakmé for Opera Holland Park; Benvolio Romeo et Juliette at the Salzburg Festival; the title role in Jephtha for Welsh National Opera and the Handel&Haydn Society, Boston; Earl of Essex in Britten’s Gloriana in his debut at the Staatsoper Hamburg and Bob Boles Peter Grimes in Aldeburgh, as part of their Britten centenary celebrations.
Concert performances include Haydn’s Nelson Mass with Sir John Eliot Gardiner for the BBC Proms; Mozart’s C Minor Mass both with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra under Sir Charles Mackerras, and with Le Concert D’Astrée under Haim; the Evangelist in Bach’s St John Passion for the London Handel Festival; Acis and Galatea (Damon), Berlioz’s Grand Messe des Morts, Handel’s Saul , Haydn’s Creation (at the Gstaad Festival) and Mendelssohn’s Elijah (at the BBC Proms) with the Gabrieli Consort & Players; the Mozart Requiem at London’s Barbican Mostly Mozart Festival with Harry Christophers and The Sixteen. At the Aldeburgh Festival, he has performed Britten’s War Requiem with Simone Young, and Britten’s Our Hunting Fathers with the CBSO and Thomas Adès. At the Edinburgh Festival he has performed in Strauss’s Elektra with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra and Edward Gardner, Haydn’s Die sieben letzten Worte des Erlösers am Kreuze with the SCO, Delius’ Mass of Life with Sir Andrew Davis and Purcell’s King Arthur with The Sixteen and Harry Christophers. Other concert work includes Tristan und Isolde under Valery Gergiev and Bach’s St Matthew Passion under Yannick Nezet-Seguin, both with the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra; semi-staged performances of Berg’s Wozzeck in London and Paris with the Philharmonia Orchestra and Esk-Pekka Salonen, Britten’s Serenade with the Orchestre national de Lyon under McCreesh, and Elgar’s The Dream of Gerontius with Edward Gardner conducting the CBSO.
In recital he has performed at the Newbury, Two Moors, Brighton and Aldeburgh Festivals and at London’s Wigmore Hall. In recordings he has appeared 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, Carissimi’s Jephte with La Nuova Musica and David Bates and Stanford’s Stabat Mater with The Bach Choir and DavId Hill. Robert regularly collaborates with Bjarte Eike and Barroksolistene in performances of Die Schöne Müllerin and The Alehouse Sessions. He also works with the unconducted orchestra Spira Mirabilis, in performances of Britten’s Nocturne (Aldeburgh Festival) and Cosi fan Tutte (Formigine).
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. Engagements this season and beyond include a return to the Handel Haydn Society under Harry Christophers, Frederic in Luxembourg and Caen, A Child of our Time with the BBC Symphony Orchestra and Edward Gardner, Written on Skin on tour in Europe with the Mahler Chamber Orchestra, the St Matthew Passion with the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, Dream of Gerontius with Edward Gardner conducting the Seattle Symphony, Grande Messe de Mort at the Konzerthaus Berlin with Paul McCreesh.