Conor Murphy


Conor Murphy

Conor trained at Wimbledon School of Art, London and subsequently gained an MA in scenography at the European Scenography Centre, Utrecht, Holland. Conor had designs exhibited at the Prague Quadrennial, the Transformation & Revelation exhibition at the V&A, and will also exhibit at the next World Stage Design exhibition in Cardiff, September 2013.


Link to WSD 2013 Awards

ZOE Goteborgs Operan, Sweden
La Clemence de Titus

Opera National de Lorraine, France
Dir: John Fulljames

I Puritani Grange Park Opera
Dir. Stephen Langridge
Choreographer: Anjali Mehra
La Clemenza di Tito Opera North
Dir. John Fulljames
'But the supreme merit of John Fulljames's new production for Opera North, and of the dramatic performances given by his cast of six excellent singers, is to bring out the tense , heart -rending personal drama at the heart of the work.'....'Fulljames's staging and the committed performances of the three principles sustain the intensity of the drama.' The Independent, Anthony Arblaster
'For Opera North, Holten's RO deputy, John Fulljames, has staged a smart, slick updating of Mozart's royalist propaganda piece, La Clemenza di Tito, in eye-catching, minimalist sets and catwalk costumes by Conor Murphy, and wonderful kaleidoscopic, trompe-l'oeil video projections by Finn Ross.' Sunday Times, Hugh Canning
New Piece by Marguerite Donlan Ballet Rambert
Chor. Marguerite Donlon
Aida (Set Design) Lyric Opera, Dublin
Dir. Vivian Coates
The Rake's Progress (revival) Opera National De Lorraine
Dir. Carlos Wagner
Lohengrin Royal Swedish Opera
Dir. Stephen Langridge
The Rake's Progress (revival) Opera National De Lorraine
Dir. Carlos Wagner
The Government Inspector The Abbey Theatre
Dir. Jimmy Fay
Lighting Design: Kevin Treacy
'Jimmy Fay directs with extraordinary imagination, making full use of Conor Murphy's magnificently architectural revolve set ... Lavish just about sums it up: no expenses spared, and to good effect.' Irish Independent
La Boheme

Nationale Reisopera

Dir. Stephen Langridge

Rape of Lucretia (revival) Angers-Nantes Opera
Dir. Carlos Wagner
Resilience, echo of a disaster Exhibition at Twenteswelle Museum
Powder Her Face (revival) Royal Opera House, Linbury Theatre
Dir. Carlos Wagner
Rape of Lucretia (revival) Angers-Nantes Opera
Dir. Carlos Wagner
Gianni Schicci/L'Heure Espagnol Hessisches Staatstheater Wiesbaden
Dir. Carlos Wagner
Wake Nationale Reisopera
Dir. Stephen Langridge
'...dazzlingly designed by Conor Murphy..' Hugh Canning, Opera
'There are a few masterstrokes. Firstly, the design, in which the nine apartments where the action takes place in luminous frames are projected onto the backdrop, while simultaneously on stage one, two or three of these can be seen live in close up. Equally brilliant is the idea to represent the nine people who died by singers, and the nine who survived by actors.' Frits van der Waa, Volkskrant
The Magic Flute The National Opera of Korea
Dir. Mike Ashman
Hoors The Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh
Dir. Jimmy Fay
The Real Thing The Gate Theatre, Dublin
Dir. Alan Stanford
Lighting Design: Giuseppe di Iorio
Salome (revival) The National Opera of Korea
Dir. Carlos Wagner
The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui The Abbey Theatre, Dublin
Dir. Jimmy Fay
The Rape of Lucretia Flanders Opera
Dir. Carlos Wagner
Topless Mum The Tobacco Factory, Bristol
Dir. Caroline Hunt
Life is a Dream Rough Magic, Dublin
Dir. Tom Creed
The Rakes Progress Angers-Nantes Opera , France
Dir. Carlos Wagner
Powder her Face Linbury Studio Theatre, Covent Garden
Dir. Carlos Wagner
The Last Days of the Celtic Tiger Olympia Theatre, Dublin
Dir. Jimmy Fay
Woman & Scarecrow The Abbey Theatre, Dublin
Dir. Selina Cartmell
Attempts On Her LIfe Rough Magic, Dublin
Dir. Tom Creed
"Designer Conor Murphy's response might look unpromisingly bare: a white space pocked with pores, but under the hypnotic glow of...lights it transforms from display-window unreality to post apocalyptic wasteland."
Peter Crawley, Irish Times
The Crucible The Abbey Theatre, National Theatre of Ireland, Dublin
Lighting Designer: Lucy Carter
Dir. Patrick Mason
Le Nozze di Figaro Guildhall School of Music & Drama
Dir. John Fulljames


Pierrot Lunaire Almeida Opera
Dir. Mike Ashman
Dream of Autumn

Rough Magic, The Project Theatre Dublin
Dir. Tom Creed

'Conor Murphy's striking design - a wide, shallow space, somewhere between a corridor and a display window - evinces an aesthetic sense of limbo. On an iridescent path of glass pebbles, each footstep yields a frosty crunch, while raindrops streak down a glass wall and wisps of curling smoke beckon from the right.' Peter Crawley, The Irish Times
'Conor Murphy's beautiful physical production stresses the play's otherworldly qualities.' Karen Fricker, The Guardian

The Barber of Seville Cork Opera
Dir. Thomas de Mallet Burgess
The Birthday Party Bristol Old Vic
Dir. Simon Reade
'Reade's production benefits enormously from Conor Murphy's design, in which reality and artifice sit happily side by side in Meg's claustrophobic boarding-house living room, which comes complete with a natty breakfast hatch and a just-glimpsed patch of blue sky.' Lyn Gardner, The Guardian, 28 Sept 2006
Giselle Reloaded
(Set Design)

Saarlandisches Staatstheater, Saarbrucken
Chor. Marguerite Donlon

Voted 'Best Premiere of 2006' by Dance Europe (Magazine Critics Survey)

The Turn of the Screw

Nationale Reisopera
Dir. Stephen Langridge

The Fair Maid of Perth

Buxton Festival
Dir. Mike Ashman


Salome Strauss
Salome Mariotte

Dir. Carlos Wagner

Carlisle Floyd

Wexford Festival Opera
Dir. John Fulljames

Winner of the Irish Times Theatre Awards Best Opera Production 2006.

Sex, Chips and Rock 'n' Roll
Music by Herward Kay
Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester
Dir. Jonathan Moore
Showcase National Opera Studio
Dir. John Fulljames

The Four Seasons

Birmingham Royal Ballet
Chor. Oliver Hindle


The Flying Dutchman
Set Design

Opera Zuid
Dir. Mike Ashman

Major Barbara

Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester
Dir. Greg Hersov

Zettel's Sommernachts Traum

Saarbrücken Ballet
Chor. Marguerite Donlon


Playboy of the Western World

Royal Exchange, Manchester
Dir. Greg Hersov

Un Ballo in Maschera

Opera Zuid, Holland
Dir. Mike Ashman

(Set Design)

Saarbrücken Ballet
Chor. Marguerite Donlon


Turn of The Screw

The National Reisopera, Holland
Dir Stephen Langridge

Attempting Beauty

Ballett des Staatstheaters am Gärtnerplatz, Munich
Chor. Philip Taylor

Powder Her Face

de Vlaamse Opera
Dir. Carlos Wagner


Rape of Lucretia

European Opera Centre, Tour Hungary
Dir. Brian Brady

The Lighthouse

NeuerOper, Wien
Dir. Carlos Wagner

Il Trovatore
Set Design

English National Opera
Directors Nicholas Payne and Paul Daniels

1996 to 2000

Greek by Mark-Anthony Turnage Dir: Clare Venables. Tour of UK/France
Facing Goya by Michael Nyman Dir: Jonathon Moore. Tour of Spain/Italy
Die Versicherung Dir: Jonathon Moore, Staatstheater Darmstadt
The Marriage of Figaro Dir: Emma Jenkins, Grange Park Opera
The Magic Flute Dir: Stephen Langridge, opera Northern Ireland
Olav Tryggvason Dir: Ronald Rǿrvik, Royal Opera, Norway
The Rape of Lucretia Dir: Carlos Wagner, Vlaamse Opera Studio
The Medium Dir: Stephen Medcalfe, Opera Bergen
La Bohème Dir: Ludger Engels, Theater Augsburg
Zoë Dir: Stephen Langridge, Glyndebourne
The Country of the Blind Dir: Emma Jenkins, ENO at Aldeburgh Festival
Pulse Shadows songs by Harrison Birtwhistle, Queen Elizabeth Hall
The Rivals Dir: Brian Brady, Abbey Theatre, Dublin
Salome Dir: Mick Gordon, Riverside Studios, London
Measure for Measure Dir: Mick Gordon , English Touring Theatre
Summer Begins Dir: Jonathon Lloyd, Donmar Warehouse
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