Heidi Grant Murphy, a native of Bellingham, Washington, began vocal studies at Western Washington and the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. Her graduate studies were interrupted when she was named a winner of The Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions and engaged to participate in The Metropolitan Opera’s Lindemann Young Artist Development Program. Today, she has established a reputation for her radiant musicianship and impeccable vocal technique and also for her warm personality and generosity of spirit.
Ms. Murphy has appeared with many of the world’s finest opera companies and symphony orchestras, working with esteemed conductors. The 2009–10 season marked the 20th anniversary of her Metropolitan Opera debut. She has sung repertoire ranging from Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9, Bach’s St. Matthew Passion, and Orff’s Carmina burana to works by Mahler, Boulanger, and Copland. She has appeared with leading orchestras and at distinguished festivals including The Philadelphia Orchestra, Bravo! Vail Music Festival, and the Atlanta Symphony.
With the New York Philharmonic, Heidi Grant Murphy has recorded Mahler’s Symphony No. 4 and Augusta Read Thomas’s Gathering Paradise (New World), both with Lorin Maazel, and Sondheim’s Sweeney Todd (which was nominated for a Grammy Award). Her other recordings include Lullabies & Nightsongs, based on the children’s book illustrated by Maurice Sendak (Koch International); Roberto Sierra’s Missa Latina with baritone Nathaniel Webster and the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra (Naxos); Mahler’s Symphonies Nos. 2 and 4 with Andrew Litton and the Dallas Symphony (Delos); and an XM Satellite Radio compilation of Sondheim classics. For Koch records Ms. Murphy recorded Sueños de Amor, a disc of Latin love songs; The Gifts of Christmas; Times Like This; Dreamscape: Lullabies from around the world; and John Tavener’s To a Child Dancing in the Wind paired with Harrison Birtwistle’s Sappho Fragments. Other releases include Clearings in the Sky, Twilight and Innocence, and Bach cantatas (Arabesque); Schumann’s Das Paradies und die Peri with the Staatskapelle Dresden, and Mozart’s Idomeneo and The Marriage of Figaro (Deutsche Grammophon); Vincent Youmans’s Through the Years (PS Classics); and Hansel and Gretel with Andreas Delfs and the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra. Ms. Murphy has been a featured guest on NPR’s Morning Edition and All Things Considered, A&E’s Breakfast with the Arts, and BBC Radio 3.