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.
Murray Beale has performed as Guest Conductor with the Beethoven Orchester Bonn, the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, Malta Philharmonic, the London Symphony Chorus, Orquestra Sinfónica Portuguesa, the Chamber Orchestra of London and the City of London Sinfonia. She has also worked with the orchestra of the Teatro Comunale di Bologna, Luxembourg Philharmonic, the Royal Swedish Opera, Bergen Philharmonic and the Philharmonia Orchestra. Murray Beale has conducted operas for the Royal Opera House, Mumbai, Croatian National Theatre, Zagreb, Theater Bonn, the Royal College of Music, contemporary opera group Tête-â-tête, Opera Holland Park and Spitalfields Music Festival, London.
Highlights of her 2018/2019 season include a tour to Colombia with the Philharmonia and her Barbican Hall debut with the Britten Sinfonia, as well as debuts with the Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse, and the Presidential Orchestra in Istanbul. In Opera, she conducts Adams’ A Flowering Tree for Opera Queensland, and returns to Festival d’Aix for their production of Aufstieg und Fall der Stadt Mahagonny, assisting Esa-Pekka Salonen.
Her accolades include a 2012 Royal Philharmonic Society Award for the new opera We Are Shadows and a BAFTA nomination, music category, for the video game score Alien:Isolation.
Murray Beale trained as a pianist and, after working with Welsh National Opera and Glyndebourne as a coach and repetiteur, she became Guest Director of the London Symphony Chorus where she collaborated with Valery Gergiev, Xian Zhang, Marin Alsop, Daniele Gatti and Sir Colin Davis on a wide range of concerts at the Barbican, Salle Pleyel, Royal Festival Hall and Royal Albert Hall. Assisting engagements followed at Opéra National de Paris, Festival d’Aix, the Théâtre des Champs-Elysees and the Wiener Festwochen.
Born in Australia, Murray Beale holds a Bachelor degree from the Sydney Conservatorium of Music and continued her training as a Post Graduate at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and the National Opera Studio, London. Her initial conducting training was with the Finnish conductor and pedagogue, Jorma Panula.