Robert Murray studied at the Royal College of Music and the National Opera Studio. He won second prize in the Kathleen Ferrier awards 2003 and was a Jette Parker Young Artist at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden. Operatic roles at the Royal Opera House include Tamino (Die Zauberflote), Borsa (Rigoletto), Gastone (La Traviata), Harry (La Fanciulla del West), Lysander (A Midsummer Night’s Dream), Agenore (Il re Pastore), Belfiore (La Finta Giardiniera), Jacquino (Fidelio) and Don Ottavio (Don Giovanni). He recently sang the title role in Albert Herring for Glyndebourne On Tour, Tom Rakewell (The Rake’s Progress) for Garsington Opera, The Simpleton (Boris Godunov),Tamino, Toni Reischmann (Henze’s Elegy For Young Lovers) and Idamante (Idomeneo) for ENO; Benvolio (Romeo et Juliette) at the Salzburg Festival and Ferrando (Cosi fan Tutte) for Opera North.
He has sung in concert with many of the leading early music specialists, including Sir John Eliot Gardiner for the BBC Proms, Sir Charles Mackerras, Emanuelle Haim and Harry Christophers. At the Aldeburgh Festival, he has performed Britten’s War Requiem with Simone Young, and Britten’s Our Hunting Fathers with the CBSO and Thomas Adès.At the Edinburgh Festival he has performed Strauss’s Elektra with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra and Edward Gardner, Vaughan Williams’s Serenade to Music with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra and David Jones, Schumann’s Manfred with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and Ilan Volkov and Haydn’s Die sieben letzten Worte des Erlösers am Kreuze with the SCO. In Europe he appeared with the Rotterdam Philharmonic under Valery Gergiev and Yannick Nezet-Seguin; at the Gstaad Festival with the Gabrieli Consort under Paul McCreesh; in Paris under Esa-Pekka Salonen and in Madrid with the Orquesta y Coro Nacionales de Espana.
In recital he has performed at the Newbury,Two Moors, Brighton and Aldeburgh Festivals and at London’s Wigmore Hall. He has toured Die Schöne Müllerin extensively with Malcolm Martineau, and recorded a recital of Brahms, Poulenc and Barber with Simon Lepper for Voices on BBC Radio 3.