Degree tittle: BA (Hons) in Music
Year of Graduation:1997
Post-Graduation Qualifications: Postgraduate Certificate in Singing; Postgraduate Diploma in Opera taken at the Royal College of Music.
Occupation: Opera Singer (Tenor)
Website Address: http://www.askonasholt.co.uk/artists/singers/tenor/robert-murray (this link will take you to an external website)
What did you like most about your undergraduate degree?
"The diversity of the subject matter on the course. Social life of University. Countless opportunities to perform."
What you are doing now?
"I am a freelance Opera Singer. I have sung frequently as a principle artist with the Royal Opera Covent Garden and English National Opera. I have also sung main roles with Opera North, Gyndebourne on Tour, Garsington Opera, Buxton Festival, Salzburg Festival, Opera de Nantes, and divide the rest of my time between recital programmes/concert work and looking after Lara, my one year old daughter."
"Highlights this year: Tenor solos in Elijah at the Proms with Paul Mccreesh and subsequenty recording it; My first Elgar's Dream of Gerontius at the Sage with Eric Cross; First Schubert's Winterreise with Andrew West in Nuremberg; Teaching masterclasses at Dartington International Summer School."
In what ways did your degree at Newcastle prepare you for your current role?
"My first opportunities to perform as a Tenor came through the music department at the University. The first main oratorio I performed was Arne's King Alfred in the Newcastle Early Music festival conducted by Eric Cross. My degree also proved very useful in developing the skills needed to research the music I now perform."