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Irish Singer, Miriam Murphy Is Dead



Popular Irish singer and actress, Miriam Murphy has passed away. Miriam Murphy was reported to have died on Thursday 9 July 2020. Her cause of death or what killed her was never disclosed to the public. Miriam Murphy died at the age of 48.

Miriam Murphy died in London where she currently resides. Miriam Murphy, who has been hailed as one of Ireland’s most exciting dramatic sopranos, began her studies under Veronica Dunne in Dublin and is an Associate of the Royal Academy of Music in London.

Tributes Floods Social Media

A note from our Artistic Director Fergus Sheil.

“I am shocked and heartbroken to hear of the death of Miriam Murphy. We have lost a singer with a unique talent, a singular voice and an irreplaceable personality.

I’ve known Miriam since we were both teenagers. Over the years we had many musical and operatic adventures together. Her voice was quite simply a phenomenon. It kept giving and giving with seemingly endless reserves of power, strength, musicality and finesse.

Miriam had the unique capability of totally captivating an audience as if she owned everybody in the hall. You would not hear a pin drop when she sang. Her ability to cast a spell and command attention was unparalleled. I’ve been on the podium for many of these occasions and could feel the electricity in the air.

With Miriam I performed Beethoven Symphony No 9, Mahler Symphony No 2, Verdi’s Requiem and much more. But it was Wagner’s ‘Tristan und Isolde’ in 2012 which will be the towering moment of her success.

The only Irish singer ever to sing Wagner’s Irish princess, her performances were quite simply sensational. She was the most wonderful colleague. Musically I could understand and respond to her every move so that we travelled the mountains and the gorges of this opera arm in arm.

On the establishment of Irish National Opera I was so pleased that she sang in our inaugural Big Bang Concert in 2018. She also performed brilliantly as the Mother in our 2020 production of Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel which toured Ireland. Yet in my mind we were only still beginning in terms of what Miriam could and should do.

It’s hard to believe that we will not hear Miriam’s magnificent voice soaring above a symphony orchestra once again. Her unique ability to cast a spell on an audience is gone with her. It’s heart-breaking to realise that we won’t hear that laugh any more or enjoy the company of a true friend. It’s absolutely right to say that we won’t see the likes of her again.”
Our thoughts are with Miriam and her family at this time.

National Opera Studio wrote

“We are deeply saddened to learn of the death of Irish soprano Miriam Murphy, alumna of our 2000/01 training year.

A regular on the UK’s biggest stages, Miriam’s career took her all over the world, with notable appearances with Opéra de Paris and Seattle Opera.
Despite relocating to London, Miriam held her native Ireland close to her heart, and maintained a special relationship with Kerry School of Music at which she had studied as a child.

Miriam performed in the launch concert for Irish National Opera in 2018, returning to perform the role of Mother in its production of Hansel and Gretel earlier this year.

Our thoughts and condolences go out to Miriam’s family, friends and colleagues at this difficult time.”

Una Tucker wrote “It is with the greatest of sadness that Neil Baker and I must announce the sudden death of Miriam Murphy yesterday afternoon. She was well-known and much-loved throughout the singing world, so we send out love to all of her many friends and colleagues throughout the world at this sad and terrible time. More details to follow.”

Nickola Hendy Foley wrote “Absolutely shocked and devastated to hear of the sudden death of one of Irelands leading dramatic Wagnerian sopranos Miriam Murphy. What a voice and what a huge huge loss to not only Irish Opera but the world opera stage where she was known throughout. May she rest in peace. My deepest sympathies to all her family and friends.”

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Miriam Murphy was the first prize winner at the inaugural Seattle International Wagner Competition and subsequently returned to Seattle to perform in their acclaimed Ring cycle.

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  1. Brigid Daly

    July 12, 2020 at 3:18 pm

    It was a great honor and privilege to have performed with the great Mirriam Murphy Who delighted audiences in kanturk and beyond every Christmas..She was so generous with her precious time while visiting home in Tralee ,affording time and appreciation to perform with local choirs. We will forever remember her magnificient voice particularly performing O Holy Night . May she rest in the light of heaven .
    Sadly missed by Duhallow Choral Society

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