Tim Murray


British Conductor Tim Murray is Associate Music Director of Cape Town Opera and was a “Newcomer” finalist in the 2015 International Opera Awards.

His current and future engagements include Gerald Barry’s The Importance of Being Earnest (Royal Opera House at the Barbican), Der fliegende Holländer and Carmen (Cape Town Opera), a triple bill with the Royal Ballet at Covent Garden, including Esa-Pekka Salonen’s Nyx, Mandela Trilogy (Cape Town Opera UK tour, Ravenna Festival, Dubai and Hong Kong), Porgy and Bess (Teatro Colón) and a concert at Wembley Stadium with the London Philharmonic Orchestra. In 2018 he will make his debut with the Orquesta Sinfónica de Radio Televisión Española in a programme to include Tippett's A Child of our Time.

He most recently conducted The Merry Widow (Cape Town Opera) and Porgy and Bess at the Teatro Real, Madrid, where he returns in 2018 for a new production of Kurt Weill's Street Scene. With the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, he conducted Charlotte Bray’s Out of the Ruins (premiere) on the main-stage and the 2013 UK premiere of Barry’s The Importance of Being Earnest. Additional projects at the Linbury Studio, Covent Garden include The Crackle (with Bryn Terfel), The Enchanted Pig, The Gentle Giant and The  Doctor’s Tale.

He made his debut with the Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona and Théâtre du Châtelet, Paris in 2013 with Weill's Street Scene. He conducted Porgy and Bess at the Liceu Barcelona and L’Opéra National de Bordeaux in 2014, and previously at London Coliseum (with the orchestra of Welsh National Opera) and Artscape Theatre Cape Town.

In contemporary dance, he collaborated with choreographer Wayne McGregor in his 2014 debut with the Royal Ballet at Covent Garden and the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow, conducting Michael Berkeley’s arrangement of Bach’s The Art of Fugue. His previous collaboration with McGregor was the premiere of Mark-Anthony Turnage’s Undance (Sadlers Wells), which he has recently recorded for NMC Records. Other dance projects include Le Sacre du Printemps (Hamburg/Cape Town City Ballet), and several collaborations with choreographer Will Tuckett:  The Soldier’s Tale (Tokyo’s New National Theater and Osaka), The Wind in the Willows and Pinocchio (ROH).

Other contemporary opera projects include The Freedom Game (Royal Albert Hall), Twice through the Heart (Sadler's Wells), The Sleeper (Welsh National Youth Opera), Hogarth's Stages (Royal College of Music), Babur in London (The Opera Group), Fantastic Mr Fox (Opera Holland Park) and The Silent Twins (Almeida Opera). As former Music Director of Tête à Tête Festival in London, he conducted 22 world premieres.

His concert work has included BBC Proms (with the Birmingham Contemporary Music Group), Philharmonia Orchestra, Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra, BBC Concert Orchestra (works by Stravinsky and Ligeti), Chroma (including works by Jonathan Harvey), National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland, Festival of English Music at the Ghent Conservatorium, London Philharmonic Orchestra assisting Vladimir Jurowski and BBC Singers. He was principal conductor of the Salisbury Sinfonia for 13 years.

Murray studied at Cambridge University, Royal College of Music, Tanglewood Music Center and with Oliver Knussen at the Britten-Pears School.


Click here for Tim's Biography on the Royal Opera House website.