Creative director of Independent Opera at Sadler’s Wells, Natalie Murray Beale was a BBC Performing Arts Fellow #32onestowatch in 2015 and was selected in the same year by the Dallas Opera for their inaugural institute for Women Conductors. In 2019 Murray Beale will be Opera Queensland’s first-ever Artist in Residence.
As a guest conductor, she has performed with the Beethoven Orchester Bonn, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, Orquestra Sinfónica Portuguesa, Malta Philharmonic, City of London Sinfonia and the London Symphony Chorus. Also experienced in the pit, opera credits have included performances with the Croatian National Theatre Zagreb, Theater Bonn, the Royal College of Music, contemporary opera group Tête à Tête, Opera Holland Park and Spitalfields Festival. This summer sees her conducting a Haydn opera in Mumbai.
In 2018/19, Natalie Murray Beale debuts with the Britten Sinfonia, the Queensland Symphony Orchestra, Opera Queensland and the Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse. She also tours to Colombia with the Philharmonia.
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“The orchestra dazzled under the baton of Natalie Murray Beale.”
(John Beckett, www.schmopera.com, May 2018)
“Natalie Murray Beale conducted a superb chamber orchestra.”
(Alan Fitter, www.londontheatre1.com, May 2018)
“Natalie Murray Beale led a secure orchestra and chorus in a tight musical performance.”
(Concerti, May 2017)
“The Australian conductor Natalie Murray Beale directs the choir and the striking Beethoven orchestra sovereignly through the complex rhythms of the musically immensely rich score, influenced by the American minimal music.”
(Rheinische Post, April 2017)
“To begin with, there was also the rarity of having a lady director at the helm, in this case the matter-of-fact and reliable Australian Natalie Murray Beale. She directed with ease yet firmly, and with no undue fuss, adding an elegant, feminine touch to it all.”
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