From: Louisville, Kentucky. LA Opera: Leonardo in El último sueño de Frida y Diego (2023, debut).
Keymon W. Murrah, a countertenor heralded for his wide range and “hot coal core of tone” by Schmopera.com, is a native to Louisville, Kentucky. In 2021, he was heard on the stage of the Houston Grand Opera as the winner of the 33rd Annual Concert of Arias, as the grand prize winner of the Premiere Opera Foundation + NYIOP International Vocal Competition, and finalist and encouragement award winner of Operalia.
Mr. Murrah has performed with the University of Kentucky Opera Theatre and the Bluegrass Opera. He has sung the role of Tolomeo from Handel's Giulio Cesare with the Red River Lyric Opera and Asprano in Vivaldi's Montezuma with the America Baroque Opera Co. He was selected in the Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute in a Masterclass with Joyce DiDonato in 2019, and he continued his studies at the International Vocal Arts Institute. In 2020, he toured with the American Spiritual Ensemble and was a young artist at the Glimmerglass Opera Festival. In 2021, Mr. Murrah joined the Studio Artist Program at the Florida Grand Opera for the 2020/21 season and debuted Bertarido from Handel's Rodelinda as a Fleming Artist at Aspen Music Festival.
In 2018, he won the Encouragement Award for the Metropolitan Opera Council Central District Auditions and won the second place award or the Emerging Soloists Competition. In 2020 he won first place in the Camille Coloratura Competition and as a semi-finalist in the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions after winning the Nashville District Auditions. Also in 2021, Murrah won second place in the Rochester International Oratorio Competition.
Engagements for the 2021/22 season include the title role in Gluck's Orfeo ed Euridice at Seattle Opera and Leonardo in the world premiere of The Last Dream of Frida and Diego with San Diego Opera.