Irish designer Conor Murphy made his Royal Opera debut in 2008 designing Powder Her Face, directed by Carlos Wagner in the Linbury Studio Theatre. He made his main stage debut in 2015 designing Orphée et Eurydice, co-directed by Hofesh Shechter and John Fulljames.
Murphy trained at Wimbledon School of Art and completed an MA in scenography in Utrecht. His many opera designs include La clemenza di Tito (directed by Fulljames) for Opera North, Lohengrin for Royal Swedish Opera, The Turn of the Screw for Nationale Reisopera, The Rake’s Progress for Angers-Nantes Opéra, The Rape of Lucretia for Opera Vlaanderen, Salome for Opéra National de Montpellier and Die Zauberflöte for Korean National Opera. He created designs for the world premieres of De Vries’s Wake, Nyman’s Facing Goya, Müller-Wieland’s Die Versicherung and Turnage’s The Country of the Blind.
His theatre designs include The Crucible, The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui and The Government Inspector for the Abbey Theatre, Dublin, The Birthday Party for Bristol Old Vic, Juno and the Paycock for the Liverpool Everyman and Playhouse and The Playboy of the Western World for Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester. His dance designs include Labyrinth of Love for Rambert and The Four Seasons for Birmingham Royal Ballet. His work has been exhibited at exhibitions including the Prague Quadrennial, in the V&A exhibition Transformation and Revelation and at the World Stage Design 2013 exhibition, where he was awarded a bronze medal for Exceptional Achievement across all categories.