Twice a finalist with the Chicago Lyric Opera’s Lyric Opera Center for American Artists, Soprano Catherine Murphy performed the role of Lady Macbeth with Sarasota Opera and also with Connecticut Grand Opera to high acclaim. Her early repertoire included Rosalinda in Die Fledermaus, Fiordiligi in Così fan tutte, and Vivetta in Cilea’s L’Arlesiana with Empire State Opera. Her professional debut was as First Lady in Magic Flute with the Nevada Opera, as well as the role of Leonora in Il Trovatore there. Most recently, Ms. Murphy gave a recital at Symphony Space in New York City which included works by Verdi, Puccini, Giordano and Wagner as well as art songs by Brahms, Schubert and Liszt.
Ms. Murphy has performed in many concerts, including a series with the Sarasota Opera entitled A Night in Italy. She also participated in a memorial to Ted Puffer in Nevada under the direction of Steven Crawford, and a concert to benefit The New York Chamber Opera under the direction of Lucy Arner.
Her coaches have included Ira Siff, Liora Maurer, James de Blasis, Robert Cowart, and Renata Scotto. Ms. Murphy has worked with such conductors as Per Brevig, Steven Crawford, Victor De Renzi, William Reynolds and Laurence Gilgore, as well as with stage directors Stephanie Sundine, Richard Leighton, Ted Puffer and James de Blasis.
A review of her Lady Macbeth in Verdi's Macbeth with Sarasota Opera: "... Catherine Murphy offered a rich and resplendently sung performance as Macbeth's evil, calculating spouse. Possessing a gleaming voice with brilliant top notes, the gifted young soprano threw off a thrilling rendition of the Act cavatina Vieni! t'affretta! with an equally committed La luce langue." -Lawrence A. Johnson, South Florida Sun-Sentinel