Lauded for his “...consistent, attractive baritone” (Opera News), Wisconsin-born baritone Tim Murray is a recent winner of the Opera America Career Blueprints grant. This season, Mr. Murray joins the prestigious Academy of Vocal Arts in Philadelphia, debuts with Arizona Opera as William Dale in Kevin Puts’ Silent Night, debuts with the Lexington Philharmonic in Trouble in Tahiti, and sings the principal baritone role of “Paul” in the world premiere of Jake Heggie and Gene Scheer’s new opera, If I Were You, as part of the Merola Opera Program 2019.
This past summer, at the Aspen Music Festival, Mr. Murray premiered an arrangement of Debussy’s Trois ballades de Françon Villon with the internationally renowned Pacifica Quartet. A recent graduate of the Resident Artist Program with the Lyric Opera of Kansas City, Mr. Murray covered the title roles in Eugene Onegin and Il barbiere di Siviglia and performed Zaretsky/The Captain in Eugene Onegin, Guy Cotter in Everest, and Marullo in Rigoletto.
Mr. Murray’s 2016-2017 season included a return to the Oratorio Society of New York to cover the baritone soloist in Britten’s War Requiem, Silvio in I pagliacci with Cedar Rapids Opera, Dandini in La Cenerentola with ARE Opera, NYC, and Moralés in Carmen and Ananias in Britten’s The Burning Fiery Furnace with Central City Opera as a member of the Apprentice Artist program.
Recently, Tim made his New Jersey Symphony debut as the baritone soloist in Berlioz’s Lélio under the baton of Jacques Lacombe and his debut with the Oratorio Society of New York as Pater Ecstaticus in Mahler’s 8th Symphony. While a student at Manhattan School of Music, Mr. Murray performed Le Vicomte de Valmont in The Dangerous Liaisons - the opera based on the notorious book and film. Tim is thrilled to have recorded the role for the first complete album of this opera with Albany Records. He has also performed Leporello in Don Giovanni at Manhattan School of Music, Harlekin in Ariadne auf Naxos with Twin Cities Fringe Opera, and Leporello in Don Giovanni, Peter Quince in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and was the baritone soloist in the Fauré Requiem, at the University of Minnesota. Tim also had the pleasure of working with Minnesota Opera during his undergraduate studies as both a member of the chorus (Die Zauberflöte, Manon Lescaut, Hamlet) and as a performer for their elementary school outreach program; an opportunity in which performance is paired with interactive teaching to bring opera into elementary schools throughout rural Minnesota. Mr. Murray is a 2018 District Winner of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions.