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Born Limerick.

Irish soprano.

Suzanne Murphy trained at the Dublin College of Music with Veronica Dunne. She was particularly noted for her performances of Mozart, Donizetti, Bellini, Verdi and Puccini.

On graduating, she joined Welsh National Opera in 1976, singing with them regularly throughout her career. Her roles with the company included Handel (Rodelinda); Mozart (Konstanze, Queen of Night); Donizetti (Lucia); Bellini (Norma, Elvira); Verdi (Elvira Ernani; Amalia I masnadieri, Gilda, Leonora, Violetta, Amelia Un ballo in maschera, Elisabeth de Valois, Alice Ford); Puccini (Musetta, Tosca, Minnie) as well as J Strauss (Rosalinde); Dvořák (Julie The Jacobin); Britten (Helena) and Tippett (Jenifer). The Falstaff production toured to Milan, New York and Edinburgh, and the Ernani to East Berlin.

Appearances with the other British companies included ENO (Konstanze, Donna Anna); Opera North (Stella/Olympia/Antonia/Giulietta, Elvira I puritani, Donna Anna) and Scottish Opera (Hanna Glawari).

Other appearances include New York City Opera (Norma); Pittsburgh (Fiordiligi, Tosca); Vancouver (Amelia); Aix-en-Provence (Donna Anna); Lyons (Reiza Oberon); Brussels (Amelia) and Cologne (Elettra Idomeneo). She also appeared in Minnesota, Japan and Paris and sang Elettra at the Vienna State Opera. For the Washington Opera she sang in the premiere of The Dreams of Valentino (Dominic Argento).

Roles in Scotland

Queen of Night
Zauberflöte 1979
Hanna Glawari a wealthy young widow
Lustige Witwe 1989
Alice Mistress Alice Ford, wife of Ford
Falstaff 1993
Marcellina Bartolo's housekeeper
Nozze di Figaro 1994

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