Heidi Grant Murphy
A shimmering soprano with enchanting stage presence, Heidi Grant Murphy is in demand internationally for stage roles and guest soloist performances that elevate concerts into memorable musical occasions.
Murphy has appeared with many of the world’s finest opera companies and symphony orchestras, notably the Metropolitan Opera, Salzburg Festival, Frankfurt Opera, Netherlands Opera, Théâtre Royal de la Monnaie, Opera National de Paris and Santa Fe Opera. She has been engaged as soloist with the Vienna, New York, and Los Angeles Philharmonics; Cleveland, Philadelphia and Minnesota Orchestras; and Chicago, Boston, Pittsburgh, San Francisco, and National Symphonies. Murphy has worked with such esteemed conductors as James Levine, Seiji Ozawa, Sir Simon Rattle, Leonard Slatkin, Robert Spano, Michael Tilson Thomas, Edo de Waart, Christoph Von Dohnányi, and Pinchas Zukerman.
She has recorded for Koch International, New World, Naxos, Arabesque, PS Classics, Delos and Deutsche Grammophon. In 2009 her roles as a singer and mother were brought together on a recording called Lullabies and Nightsongs adapted from a 1965 songbook of the same name featuring melodies by composer Alec Wilder and illustrations by Maurice Sendak. San Francisco Classical Voice said “[t]he beauty of her pure, shining voice and the simplicity of her delivery caress Wilder’s music with infinite charm.” This recording and several others feature her husband, the noted pianist, conductor and opera coach Kevin Murphy, demonstrating their longtime musical partnership.
In August 2011, Murphy was appointed to the faculty of Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music as an adjunct professor. In October 2012, Murphy received an Honorary Doctorate from Western Washington University, where she pursued a bachelor’s degree in music performance.