Saturday, January 1, 2000

John Murray

Biography for John Murray, Tenor

John Murray

Born in Mount Maunganui, John studied voice at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester and made his debut with the New Zealand Opera in 2003 as Acis in Handel's Acis and Galatea.

John's operatic stage roles include Alfredo (La Traviata), Cavaradossi (Tosca), Rodolfo (La bohème), Faust (both Gounod's Faust and Boito's Mefistofele), Ferrando (Cosi fan tutte), Don Ottavio (Don Giovanni), Tamino (Die Zauberflöte), Macduff (Macbeth), Male Chorus (Rape of Lucretia), Almaviva (Il Barbiere di Siviglia), Tom Rakewell (The Rake's Progress), Laca (Jenůfa) and Pang (Turandot). He has also performed rare early works, including the earliest known complete opera - Cavalieri's La Rappresentazione di anima e di corpo (Intelletto) - and Luigi Boccherini's La Clementina.

On the concert platform, John has performed throughout Britain and Europe as well as the Middle East and Singapore. John's interest in contemporary music has led to him performing a large number of new works here and abroad, including operas by NZ composer David Griffiths in both 2005 (A Great Day) and 2006 (The White Lady).

As a member of London's Artsong Collective, John has also showcased the works of many neglected 20th century song composers.

Recent NZ performances have included Messiah, both with modern and baroque instruments, the Evangelist in Handel's St John Passion and Bach's St John Passion, St Matthew Passion, St Luke Passion and Christmas Oratorio, Britten's St Nicolas cantata, Mendelssohn’s Elijah, Handel's Solomon, Beethoven's Christus am Ölberge, Andrew Lloyd-Webber's Requiem, Haydn's The Seasons and The Creation, Honegger's Le Roi David, Stravinsky's Svadebka, Orff's Carmina Burana and Catulli Carmina.

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