Monday, May 12, 2008

Paul Murray

Imagine my pleasant surprise when I attended Sunday's performance of Bartok's Bluebeard's Castle at Berkeley Opera and I was greeted with this pretty face as the king! Usually the role is played by a baritone (not barihunk) in his late 50s or early 60s. Walter Berry sang it late in his career, as did Dietrich Fisher-Dieskau.

Even with the beard that he grew for the role, Murray looked like the Boy King. Of course, it made the performance plausible in a totally different way. One can see why his wife Judith is willing to risk everything to see what's behind the last door.

Memphis native Paul Murray received his Master's Degree in Vocal Performance from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and has performed in the Bay Area for the last five years. His barihunk role prior to Bluebeard was Bottom in Midsummer Night's Dream at the Conservatory.

His bio says that he likes to mountain bike in his spare time.

5 comments:

  1. Check British barihunk Mark Stone in underwear for Midsummer Nights Dream sporting a good bulge
    http://markstone.info/component/option,com_expose/Itemid,77/

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  2. I met him in person in Memphis several years ago and he is very nice. We went to a basketball game last year!

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  3. We attended the same college and he is a super nice guy with a really fun personality! I'm so glad he's doing so well!

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  4. Paul is an extremely sweet guy with a warm voice of spun gold. He's even more handsome in person, too. :)
    We went to grad school together and I have nothing but good things to say about him as a performer and as a person. Yay Paul!

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