Nicholas Mulroy


"the tenor Nicholas Mulroy was a poignant Evangelist"

Geoffrey Norris, Daily Telegraph

"Nicholas Mulroy's Acis is resonant and suave, combining muscularity and elegance"

David Vickers, Gramophone

"tenor Nicholas Mulroy was a persuasive, airy-sounding Evangelist"

Erica Jeal, The Guardian

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Born in Liverpool, Nicholas Mulroy studied at Clare College Cambridge and Royal Academy of Music.

He regularly appears with leading ensembles throughout Europe, including Monteverdi Choir with Sir John Eliot Gardiner, Les Musiciens du Louvre with Marc Minkowski, Les concerts d’Astrée with Emmanuelle Haïm, Gabrieli Consort with Paul McCreesh, and Dunedin Consort with John Butt, as well as concerts with Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Koelner Akademie, Staatskapelle Dresden, Royal Scottish National Orchestra, English Chamber Orchestra, BBC Philharmonic, BBC Proms, Copenhagen Philharmonic, Wroclaw Philharmonic and Spitalfields Festival. Other conductors he has worked with include Laurence Cummings, Jordi Savall, Trevor Pinnock, Sir Colin Davis and Nicholas Kraemer.

On stage he has worked with Glyndebourne Festival Opera and on Tour, Opéra Comique Paris, Théâtre Capitole de Toulouse and at the Opéra de Lille.

Recordings include a Gramophone Award-winning Messiah with Dunedin Consort on Linn, and releases with Exaudi on NMC, King’s Consort on Hyperion and I Fagiolini on Chandos. He recently featured on two versions of the St John Passion singing the arias for Stephen Layton/Polyphony on Hyperion and Evangelist and arias for John Butt/Dunedin Consort on Linn.

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Handel's Messiah with RSNO

Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, January 2020

The quartet of vocal soloists were each a joy to listen to. Tenor Nicholas Mulroy sang the opening recitative and aria with a light yet full tone

Miranda Heggie, Scottish Herald

Requiem Aeternam with the Dunedin Consort (directing)

November 2019

An exceptional evening of music directed by Nicholas Mulroy, deeply thoughtful, compassionate and nourishing…Mulroy is a respected tenor himself, and his direction was assured and expertly judged: at times he appeared to leave the singers to their own devices, while at others he goaded them with urgent gestures to ever greater expressivity

David Kettle, The Scotsman *****

Tenor-turned-conductor Nicholas Mulroy gave the thirteen-strong group an interestingly varied menu of “music of loss and consolation” to work with... the variety of tonal colour this group of singers blended to produce made an otherwise very full and often fascinating sound

Keith Bruce, The Herald ****

Handel: Chandos Te Deum & Chandos Anthem No 8

ONYX 4203, February 2019

The single voices combine harmoniously in contrapuntal choruses, and unaccompanied passages are shaded poignantly. Charles Daniels’s navigation of a stratospheric register interweaves deftly with Nicholas Mulroy’s soaring on the highest tenor parts... the relaxed sincerity of [Butterfield's] musicians yields revelatory new insights

David Vickers, Gramophone

The five vocal soloists are cohesive when singing together as a chorus and make distinctive contributions when taking the solo roles... Nicholas Mulroy projects a declamatory fervour, contrasting with Grace Davidson’s tender dialogue with an oboe and violins in ‘When though tookest upon thee’

Curtis Rogers, ClassicalSource ****

Adrian Butterfield has chosen a fine group of soloists...Charles Daniels and Nicholas Mulroy do not disappoint in the arias, and with the ensembles we never lose sight of individual voices either.

Planet Hugill, *****

Strozzi & Monteverdi with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment

Kings Place, January 2019

Mulroy made a fine Poet in Volgendo il Ciel, presiding over its ceremonials with elegant nobility

Tim Ashley, The Guardian ****

Sung with vibrant tone... Nicholas Mulroy did wonders with the high tessitura of the upper tenor part. [In Volgendo il ciel] Nicholas Mulroy was heroic in the poet's rhetorical verses with the chorus providing a lovely vibrant conclusion.

Planet Hugill, 4.5*

St John Passion (Evangelist) with Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, Minnesota

Cathedral of Saint Paul & Ordway Concert Hall, November 2018

Saturday evening's St. Paul Chamber Orchestra performance of the Passion was one of the most satisfying you could hope to hear...The soloists were headed by the English tenor Nicholas Mulroy in the huge part of the Evangelist who relates the Passion story. Mulroy was an outstandingly sensitive narrator. He sang without a score, greatly enhancing his eye contact with both the audience and the other characters and adding a riveting immediacy to the storytelling.

Terry Blain, Star Tribune

Tenor Nicholas Mulroy proved a charismatic Evangelist, not only singing the expansive role of the work’s narrator from memory, but making him an engaged spectator to the story, whether underlining a sense of helplessness at the unfolding conflict or seemingly refereeing the argument between Jesus and Pontius Pilate.

Rob Hubbard,

Handel's Messiah with RSNO

Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, 2nd January 2018

Tenor Nicholas Mulroy is arguably currently the perfect man to trust with the work’s opening recitative and aria, [with] his story-telling, perfectly enunciated, performance.

Keith Bruce, Herald Scotland *****

Monteverdi: The Other Vespers

I Fagiolini; Decca Classics

Confitebor tibi, Domine (secondo) lilts gently and with delightful translucence, its measured pace aligned to an affectionate tone of delivery from the superb solo trio Ciara Hendrick, Nicholas Mulroy and Jonathan Sells.

David Vickers, Gramophone *Recording of the Month*

Bach St John Passion / Dunedin Consort / BBC Proms

Royal Albert Hall, August 2017

Nicholas Mulroy, here the eloquent Evangelist in Bach’s St John Passion

Geoff Brown, The Times ****

Nicholas Mulroy made a superbly committed Evangelist, horrified on occasion by the tale he is telling.

Tim Ashley, The Guardian ****

Bach’s B minor Mass with Musikkollegium Winterthur; cond. Laurence Cummings

Stadthaus Winterthur; November 2016

Nicholas Mulroy shaped the “Benedictus” with beautiful, lyric expression.

Thomas Schacher, Neue Zürcher Zeitung

J.S. Bach: Christmas Oratorio with Dunedin Consort

linn CKD 499; released October 2016

Nicholas Mulroy and Thomas Hobbs both make assured and communicative Evangelists.

Lindsay Kemp, Gramophone

Piazzolla: Maria de Buenos Aires CD

Delphian Records, June 2016

...huge-hearted chansons from Nicholas Mulroy. If you know him as Bach’s Evangelist, just wait till you hear his way with a slow milonga. Devastating.

Kate Molleson, The Guardian ****

Best of all, perhaps, is Nicholas Mulroy – in territory far removed from the Baroque works in which we usually hear him – singing milongas like one born to it.

Tim Ashley, Gramophone

I think I’ll continue to be fascinated and slightly baffled by Piazzólla’s surreal ‘tango operita’ for months to come, thanks to this scorched-earth recording from quirky Scottish chamber ensemble Mr McFalls’ Chamber. Best known in baroque repertoire, tenor Nicholas Mulroy is outstanding (and unrecognisable!) in multiple roles such as ‘Gaucho Itinerant Singer’ and ‘Sleepy Buenos Aires Sparrow’.

Katharine Cooper, Presto Classical - Editor's Choice November 2017

King Arthur with the Gabrieli Consort

Beaune Festival, July 2015

There were also some outstanding individual contributions, including a mellifluously stylish ‘How blest are shepherds’ from the tenor Nicholas Mulroy.

Brian Robins, Opera Magazine

Bach’s St Matthew Passion with the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, conducted by Paul McCreesh

Ordway Concert Hall, Saint Paul; October 2015

Nicholas Mulroy was an excellent Evangelist, the work’s narrator. With his wide-ranging, expressive tenor, Mulroy displayed a deep involvement in the story. It was as if he were a reporter on location, describing with growing urgency the scenes he was witnessing.

Michael Anthony, Minneapolis Star Tribune

Deserving high praise is tenor Nicholas Mulroy, who sang the role of the Evangelist (the work's narrator) with a sense of drama bordering on the operatic.

Rob Hubbard, Twin Cities online

Purcell’s Birthday Odes for Queen Mary II with the Gabrieli Consort

Wigmore Hall, May 2015

Nicholas Mulroy stood out for tackling Purcell’s high-flying tenor writing with exceptional ease.

Tim Ashley, The Guardian ****

Nicholas Mulroy also excelled.

Richard Fairman, The Financial Times ****

St John Passion with the Dunedin Consort

Wigmore Hall, April 2015

To be set against this driven, hectic intensity were many subtle things, not least the combination of forthright emotional candour and tenderness of the Evangelist Nicholas Mulroy.

Ivan Hewett, The Telegraph ****

St Matthew Passion with the Dunedin Consort

Scottish Tour, March 2015

Much praise is due to the brilliantly paced, lucidly articulated narration of Nicholas Mulroy’s Evangelist: he seems to get better every time.

Kate Molleson, The Guardian ****

We were spellbound on Friday. At the heart of this hard-hitting, quasi-operatic, fast-action interpretation, Nicholas Mulroy’s Evangelist was a magnetic all-consuming presence, all the more powerful for it being sung “off the score”.

Kenneth Walton, The Scotsman

Handel Messiah, Dunedin Consort

Kings Place, London (December 2016)

The outstanding solo contributions came from [...] tenor Nicholas Mulroy. [...] Mulroy, his voice blazing with conviction, was extraordinarily moving both as harbinger of peace in Comfort Ye and in the ferocious way he delivered Thy Rebuke Hath Broken His Heart.

Tim Ashley, The Guardian *****

The four soloists — soprano Mhairi Lawson, countertenor James Laing, tenor Nicholas Mulroy and bass Matthew Brook, sounding on refulgent form.

Richard Fairman, The Financial Times ****

Christmas Oratorio

Australian Chamber Orchestra (December 2013)

He is 'the most sought-after evangelist of his generation'. It is a big call, but to hear him sing there is no doubt. He is a cogent story-teller, with a radiant sound that just gets more ravishing as it gets higher. It is hard to imagine anyone singing it better.

Harriet Cunningham, The Sydney Morning Herald

St John Passion

Auckland Philharmonia (August 2014)

English tenor Nicholas Mulroy sang from memory as the Evangelist. He outlined the piece's sorrowful trajectory with a remarkable range of emotions.

William Dart, New Zealand Herald

Nicholas Mulroy’s Discography


Nicholas Mulroy’s Opera Repertoire


Les Troyens (Iopas, Hylas)


Billy Budd (Novice)
Albert Herring (Albert)
Turn of the Screw (Peter Quint)
Church Parables (various)
Midsummer Night’s Dream (Flute)


Don Pasquale (Ernesto)


Theodora (Septimius)
Rodelinda (Grimoaldo)
Ariodante (Lurcano)


L’Orfeo (Orfeo, Pastore)
L’Incoronazione di Poppea (Soldato, Liberto, Arnalta, Lucano)
Il Ritorno d'Ulisse (Telemaco)


Magic Flute (Tamino, Monostatos)
Cosi fan tutte (Ferrando)
Don Giovanni (Don Ottavio)
Die Entführung aus dem Serail (Belmonte)
La Finta Giardiniera (Belfiore)


Les Dialogues des Carmélites (Le Chevalier)


Betrothal in a Monastery (Novice)


Castor et Pollux (Castor)
Dardanus (Dardanus)
Hippolyte et Aricie (Hippolyte, le Suivant de l'Amour, 1er Parque)
Anacréon (Batile)
Platée (Platée)


La Cenerentola (Ramiro)
Il Barbiere di Siviglia (Almaviva)
Otello (Rodrigo)
L'Italiana in Algeri (Lindoro)
Il Turco in Italia (Narciso)


A Night at the Chinese Opera (Tenor Actor)

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