Katrina Murphy Biography
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Katrina trained at the Arts Educational School, won the Tom Merrifield Scholarship to study at the London Studio Centre & finished her classical training at the Royal College of Music where she studied with Heather Harper, Marion Studholme and Kenneth Woolham.
Having a varied career between Opera, Operetta and Musical theatre, her last leading role in the West End was playing Christine in The Phantom of the Opera, having previously played the role on the National UK tour for Cameron Mackintosh and The Really Useful Group.
Prior to that-Katrina played the role of Carrie in Cameron Mackintosh's production of Carousel at the Shaftsbury Theatre having previously understudied & played the part at The Royal National Theatre.
Katrina has performed in numerous live performances for the BBC, including the role of Marsinah in Kismet, Anne in A Little Night Music & Eliza Doolittle in My Fair Lady, all for BBC Radio 2.She has also been guest artiste in Radio 2's National Music Day & Friday Night Is Music Night.
Other theatre credits include Robert & Elizabeth at the Chichester Theatre, the national tour of Kiss Me Kate where she understudied the role of Bianca, the tour of 20th Century Musical's, the title role in the British Premiere of The Girl With The Roses at the Bloomsbury Theatre & has been Michael Balls guest singer on his National Tour & at the Royal Albert Hall.
Katrina has just finished playing the lead role of 'The Spirit of Sherwood Forest' in Robin Hood with Nigel Havers, Lee Mead and Bobby Davro at the Theatre Royal Plymouth for QDOS Productions.
Opera credits include Orpheus In The Underworld for Opera North where she played the role of Diana, Queen Of The Night in Magic Flute, Donna Anna in Don Giovanni,Frascita in Carmen all for Travelling Opera & Valenciene in The Merry Widow for Opera Della Luna.
Katrina has done extensive concert work all over the country & internationally , working with orchestra's such as The London Symphony Orchestra, the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, the Scottish Opera Orchestra, Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra & Zurich Tonhalle Orchestra. Other concerts include Bernstein in the 50's at the Symphony Hall Birmingham with the Birmingham Concert Symphony Orchestra conducted by Sir Simon Rattle, Stars of the Musicals in Kuala Lumpur & she was Larry Adler's Guest Singer in his Glory of Gershwin Concert Tour, including a performance at The Queen Elizabeth Hall. She was also Michael Ball's guest female singer in his UK Concert tour, including the Royal Albert Hall.
She also performed in Fascinating Rhythm-A Celebration of Gershwin with the Odense Symphony Orchestra.She played the role of "Esmeralda"in Notre Dame in Lithuania and Latvia for audiences of 10,000 people and Adele in Die Fledermause at The Symphony Hall Birmingham.
Recordings include Carrie in the London Cast Recording of Carousel, Millie in Seven Brides For Seven Brothers, Hope in Anything Goes, Grete in The Dancing Years & several West End The Concert Recordings all for TER. TV Credits include The Lawrence Olivier Awards, The Michael Parkinson Show both for the BBC, Speed & On The Road both for ITV.
Most recently, she performed with her own company "Soprano Bella" the "Surprise Sopranos" for Living TV on their "Four Weddings" programme.
She has worked extensively in corporate entertainment including with the "Three Waiters" as their special guest soprano.With them she performed for The Duke of Edinburgh at Windsor Castle, Nigel Mansell's 50th birthday party, Lord Kirkham at the Monte Carlo Grand Prix, The Villa Rothschild in Monte Carlo for the National Federation of Builders and the launch of the 5 series BMW in Cannes.
Katrina is Leading performer and is Creative and Artistic Director for her's and her Husband's company 'Soprano Bella' & 'Singers in Disguise, specialising in Surprise Acts including music from Musical Theatre and Opera. Soprano Bella is the number 1 Entertainment company in the UK for providing Leading West End and Opera 'Singers In Disguise'-hence the name of their American company.
With Soprano Bella, she has performed at Michael Scumacher's retirement celebrations at Ferrari Formula 1-Maranello, Noel Edmunds recent wedding, for Ross Braun, Gloria Hunnerfords Caron Keating foundation at The Savoy, and at The Winter Gardens in New York. Soprano Bella have performed at The Ricoh Arena, The Echo Arena, for Sheffield United football Club as well as many outstanding venues all over the UK such as the Dorchester, the Ritz , Harrods & The National History Museum for a number of very well known clients.
As well as numerous Soprano Bella engagements through out the year in the UK and Europe, Katrina performed with Singers in Disguise in Florida, their 12th engagement in America, having already performed in Washington DC, Las Vegas, Chicago, Miami, Kansas and numerous engagements in New York. She will be performing again with Singers in Disguise in April in New york and then onto Grand Cayman.