Tim Murray


British Conductor Tim Murray has recently completed a highly successful tenure as Associate Music Director of Cape Town Opera and was a “Newcomer” finalist in the 2015 International Opera Awards.

His current and future engagements include Cardillac Polish National Opera, Into the Little Hill and Street Scene Teatro Real, Madrid, Cardillac and Street Scene, Oper Köln, Der fliegende Holländer and Orphée et Eurydice Cape Town Opera, Mandela Trilogy Dubai Opera and Hong Kong Arts Festival, Carmen and Blixen Royal Danish Orchestra and Ballet, a Stravinsky concert London Philharmonic Orchestra, The Dark Mirror: Zender’s Winterreise Shanghai Opera Symphony Orchestra, A Child of our Time Orquesta y Coro de Radio Televisión Española and a programme including The Rite of Spring for the Hong Kong Philharmonic and Ballet.

He most recently conducted Mandela Trilogy Cape Town Opera (UK tour, Ravenna Festival), The Merry Widow and Carmen Cape Town Opera, Porgy and Bess Teatro Colón and Teatro Real, Madrid, and with the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, Charlotte Bray’s Out of the Ruins (premiere) on the main-stage, and the UK stage premiere of Gerald Barry’s The Importance of Being Earnest, which he revived at the Barbican.

He made his debut with the Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona and Théâtre du Châtelet, Paris with Weill's Street Scene. He conducted Porgy and Bess at the Liceu Barcelona and L’Opéra National de Bordeaux, and previously at London Coliseum (with orchestra of Welsh National Opera) and Artscape Theatre Cape Town.

Concert work includes BBC Proms (with Birmingham Contemporary Music Group), Philharmonia Orchestra, Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra, BBC Concert Orchestra (works by Stravinsky and Ligeti), Chroma (including works by Jonathan Harvey), National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland, Festival of English Music at the Ghent Conservatorium and BBC Singers. He was a regular assistant to Vladimir Jurowski and the London Philharmonic Orchestra, and has recently conducted the orchestra at the Royal Festival Hall (works by Ullmann, Klein and Krása), as well as conducting educational concerts, a family film screening and a televised concert from Wembley Stadium.

Other contemporary opera projects: The Freedom Game Royal Albert Hall, Twice through the Heart Sadler's Wells, Hogarth's Stages Royal College of Music, Babur in London The Opera Group, Fantastic Mr Fox Opera Holland Park and The Silent Twins Almeida Opera. As former Music Director of Tête à Tête Festival in London, he conducted 22 world premieres.

In the ballet world, he recently conducted a triple bill Royal Ballet at Covent Garden, including Esa-Pekka Salonen’s Nyx. He collaborated with choreographer Wayne McGregor in his 2014 debut with the Royal Ballet at Covent Garden and the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow, conducting Michael Berkeley’s arrangement of Bach’s The Art of Fugue. Previous collaborations with McGregor: the premiere of Mark-Anthony Turnage’s Undance Sadlers Wells, recorded for NMC Records. Other dance projects include Le Sacre du Printemps Hamburg/Cape Town City Ballet, The Soldier’s Tale Tokyo’s New National Theater and Osaka, and The Wind in the Willows and Pinocchio ROH, which are all collaborations with choreographer Will Tuckett.

Murray studied at Cambridge University, Royal College of Music, Tanglewood Music Center and with Oliver Knussen at the Britten-Pears School.

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Gershwin - Porgy and Bess at Teatro Colón Interview with Tim Murray and Christine Crouse
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