John Horton Murray

Heralded by the British press after performances of Menelaus in Die Ägyptische Helena at Covent Garden and Bacchus in Scottish Opera’s Ariadne auf Naxos, John Horton Murray has sung Enée in Les Troyens, Walther in Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, and Don José in Carmen at the Metropolitan Opera, all with James Levine, as well as the Kaiser in Die Frau ohne Schatten and Ariadne auf Naxos. Other performance highlights from his diverse repertoire have included Daphne at the Deutsche Oper Berlin under Christian Thielemann, Jenufa at the Grand Théâtre de Genève, Die Tote Stadt at New York City Opera, and Kát’a Kabanová at Covent Garden. His schedule also has brought him to the stages of the Lyric Opera of Chicago, Santa Fe Opera, Gran Teatre del Liceu, the Arena di Verona, De Vlaamse Opera, and Teatro alla Scala.  In concert he has appeared under the batons of Andrew Litton, Lorin Maazel, Seiji Ozawa, Libor Pesek, Michael Tilson Thomas, the late Sir George Solti, and Maestro Philip Nuzzo, among many others.  Musical composition is another interest of John’s.  His song cycle Sing Beauty was commissioned by and set to the poetry of Jack Perkins of A&E Biography fame.  He has written song cycles based on the poetry of Poe, Dickinson, operas based on the works of Shakespeare and a musical, The Raven, based on the life of Edgar Allan Poe. 

Samples of his artistry can be heard at


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