Contralto Sarah-Ellen Murphy is from Limerick city, Ireland. She is a student of Olive Cowpar. As a soloist she is much in demand across the country including recent performances with Limerick Choral Union, Ancór, Mary Immaculate College Choir, Galway Choral Association, Tipperary Chamber Choir, Kerry Chamber Choir, Carlow Choral Society, West Cork Choral Singers, Sing Ireland and The Fleischmann Choir. As mezzo/contralto soloist she has performed a wide range of oratorio and liturgical works by composers as diverse as Duruflé, Verdi, Mozart, Handel, Respighi, Vivaldi, Jenkins and Saint-Saëns.
Opera performances include leading roles in Yeoman of the Guard, The Irish Ring, and The World of Gilbert and Sullivan with Gaudeamus Productions; Mrs. Noye in Benjamin Britten's Noye's Fludde; Maurya in Riders to the Sea by Vaughan Williams and the title role in The Medium by Gian-Carlo Menotti for the Opera Castalia Festival in Kilkenny.
Sarah-Ellen is a core ensemble member of Opera Workshop Limerick. She was part of the cast who devised and performed the world première of Off Tuskar by Fiona Linnane and in the ensemble devised productions, The Countess’ Salon, The Countess’ Legacy and The Trouble with Virtue.