Tim Murray


Tim Murray appointed Associate Music Director of Cape Town Opera

20th February 2015 - Cape Town Opera announced today that British conductor Tim Murray has been appointed as their Associate Music Director, a new position in the company.

Managing Director Michael Williams said:

“Tim Murray’s involvement with Cape Town Opera and the classical arts scene in South Africa goes back to 2012. We are thrilled to have such a talented, passionate musician as Associate Music Director for Cape Town Opera’s productions both here in South Africa and abroad. We look forward to him leading the company of Porgy & Bess at our engagement at the Teatro Real this summer.”

Of the appointment Tim Murray said:

“It is a huge privilege to be joining Cape Town Opera, and I am looking forward to working closely with its astonishingly talented family of singers. I have always been captivated by the wonderful sound and irrepressible energy of the company, and have enjoyed seeing our relationship develop during recent seasons. Now I can’t wait to get my teeth into an exciting programme of productions in South Africa and Europe.”

He will join CTO in February 2015 for an initial term of two years, conducting productions in Cape Town and on tour, as well as working on the musical development of the company and advising on artistic matters. His first engagement in this new role will be CTO’s celebrated production of Porgy and Bess at the Teatro Real in Madrid in June 2015, after which he will return to Cape Town for a new production of The Merry Widow of Malagawi.

Tim Murray first conducted for Cape Town Opera on their UK tour in 2012, and has since led the company in performances of Porgy and Bess at the Artscape Theatre Cape Town, Opéra National de Bordeaux (Energetic and accurate in every detail” Forum Opera), and Gran Teatre del Liceu, Barcelona (perfectly directed by Tim Murray” Exit Cultural). Elsewhere he has a strong relationship with the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, where he is known as a champion of 20th and 21st-century works, including The Importance of Being Earnest and the forthcoming premiere of Out of the Ruins. His debut at the Gran Teatre del Liceu was in 2013 with a production of Street Scene, which he also conducted at the Théâtre du Châtelet, Paris. In concert he has conducted the Birmingham Contemporary Music Group, Philharmonia Orchestra, Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra, BBC Concert Orchestra and BBC Singers, and has appeared at the Spitalfield Festival, Aldeburgh Festival and at the BBC Proms. He is a finalist in the 2015 International Opera Awards .

He first visited Cape Town in 2000, starting a fruitful relationship with musical life in South Africa. Of the country and its music-making, Tim Murray said:

My first trip to Cape Town was as a young repetiteur and chorus-master for a summer festival. I had just finished a rigorous and very traditional British musical training, and was suddenly thrust into the wonderful, intense, joyful musical landscape of South Africa. The power and immediacy of the singing was hugely inspiring and played a big part in my move towards operatic work. It's great to see that there is still a genuine love affair with opera in South Africa, which is something I look forward to sharing in performances with CTO around the world.”


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Lesléy Liddle

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Cape Town Opera
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