American baritone Dean Murphy is currently in his second and final season in the Opera Studio at Opernhaus Zürich, where he has already appeared as Figaro in Il Barbiere di Siviglia, as well as in Barrie Kosky’s new production of Die Gezeichneten, Andreas Homoki’s new production of Sweeney Todd, and Tatjana Gürbaca’s new production of Le Grand Macabre.


In the 2019/20 season at Opernhaus Zürich, Dean appears as the Notary in Christof Loy’s new production of Don Pasquale, Schaunard in La Bohème, Pieter in the World Premiere of Girl with a Pearl Earring, and Moralès in Carmen, after a season opening in Norway for a concert with the Bergen National Opera.


Recent successes include being a finalist in the Tenor Viñas Competition, Don Alvaro & Lord Sidney in Il Viaggio a Reims at Rossini Opera Festival, Moralès in Carmen at Gstaad Menuhin Festival and numerous roles at Deutsche Oper Berlin (Schaunard in La Bohème, Le Dancaïre in Carmen, Cristiano in Un ballo in maschera, Fiorello in Il Barbiere di Siviglia, and Wagner in Faust), in which he was a Stipendiat in the 2017/18 season.


Dean has also been a featured artist with many of New England’s premier opera companies including Opera North, Opera Theater of Connecticut, Salt Marsh Opera, Opera Connecticut, Connecticut Lyric Opera, and Yale Opera, where he performed roles such as Figaro, Guglielmo, Papageno, Belcore, Marcello and Danilo, among others.


On the concert stage, Dean has appeared as soloist in Brahms’ Ein deutsches Requiem along with members of the Hartford Symphony Orchestra, Handel’s Messiah and Bach’s Ich bin ein guter Hirt (BWV 85) with the Salisbury Sinfonietta, Fauré’s Requiem with the Connecticut Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra, and as Haman in Handel’s Esther with the Manchester Symphony Orchestra.


In 2016, he was awarded a generous scholarship from the Bel Canto Vocal Scholarship Foundation. He had previously received the Lynne Strow Piccolo Award at Opera Connecticut’s American Opera Idol Competition as well as accolades from the Amici Vocal Competition, the Peter Elvins Vocal Competition, and the Classical Singer Competition.


Dean Murphy obtained his Master of Music degree from Yale School of Music and holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Vocal Performance from the Hartt School of Music.




October 19, 2019




"Of the leads, two voices stole the show. Dean Murphy’s superb baritone gave real heft to the slick and natty Figaro, whose self-infatuation, given his clever schemes, could somehow be forgiven. The American’s articulation and carriage as a modish sunny boy saw the audience in his hand from the start, and his character’s preening and trendy blue hair made us love him even more. His vocal delivery of the popular “Largo al factotum” aria in which he lauds his own praises, couldn’t have been more convincing: “Everyone wants me,” he sings, “women, youngsters, oldies, the golden-haired…” Figaro’s is a tremendously vibrant presence, the real driver of the action and Murphy brought the house lights on."

—  Sarah Batschelet

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