Soprano Anaïs Naharro-Murphy enjoys performing a diverse repertoire ranging from the Renaissance to contemporary works in opera, song, and ensemble pieces. As an avid proponent of music in contemporary
culture, Anaïs focuses on premiering new works, making music inventive and interactive, reviving unknown works, or performing works that have been recently re-discovered. Recent highlights include the ENAensemble premiere of The Propaganda Machine Show at Philadelphia's FringeArts Festival, a concert of rediscovered music by 18th century Spanish composers with the ensemble Capilla Pérez Gaya, performances as Suor Genovieffa with Opera Delaware, and concerts with the Princeton Singers and the Mendelssohn Club of Philadelphia. This season, Anaïs is looking forward to a second year of concerts with the Mendelssohn Club of Philadelphia and the Princeton Singers, as well as returning with Opera Delaware in Spring of 2019 as part of their Young Artist Program, singing the role of Angelina in Gilbert & Sullivan's Trial by Jury and covering Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg in Derrick Wang's comedy Scalia/Ginsburg.
As an avid recitalist, Anaïs has recently premiered and pioneered works of living composers such as Douglas Buchanan, George Crumb, Sebastian Currier, Daron Hagen, Evan Kassof, Yoni Levyatov, Andrew Litts, Gilda Lyons, Carlos Jose Martínez Fernández, and Ned Rorem, in addition to many works in the traditional recital repertoire. Alongside performing, Anaïs is a founding member and Artistic Director of ENAensemble and Executive Director of Craft Works Music.
On the concert stage, Anaïs has been a soloist with the Temple New Music Ensemble, Maryland State Boy Choir, the Peabody Singers, the Peabody Renaissance Ensemble, and the Amherst Early Music Winter Workshop, in addition to solo engagements with St. Paul's Episcopal Church and the Mendelssohn Club of Philadelphia. Opera roles include that of Stage Director with ENAensemble, Lucio Cinna and Madame Herz with Temple Opera, Despina with Concert Opera of Philadelphia, 1st Lady/Papagena with Annex Theatre, covering La Fée with Bel Cantanti Opera, Adina with La Musica Lirica, Emmie with Hexacollective, Mercure with Bel Cantanti, Suor Genovieffa with La Musica Lirica, Countess Ceprano/Page with Baltimore Lyric Opera, Stage Manager with Peabody Opera Outreach, and Gretel with Little Patuxtent Opera Institute. Anaïs is also the recipient of various awards, including 1st place in the Baltimore Music Club Competition, 3rd place in the Kennet Square Voice Competition, induction into Phi Kappa Lambda Music Honor Society, and a Peabody Career Development Grant.
Anaïs discovered a true love for music in high school when joining the Baltimore City College Choir under the direction of Dr. Linda R. Hall. Anaïs is a graduate of the Peabody Conservatory of Music with a B.M. in Voice Performance, studying with Phyllis Bryn-Julson and Marianna Busching. Since then Anaïs has studied with Ah Young Hong, completed her Master's at Temple University, and is currently studying with Benita Valente.
Since teaching is an integral part of the musicians’ legacy and is a necessary gift to pass on to future generations, Anaïs has had the privilege to teach at various schools and institutions, including Temple University, S&S Music, and ARTI-ST Music. In addition to teaching, she was a part of the administrative team of Baltimore Symphony Orchestra’s ORCHkids for a season. Anaïs currently teaches in the Philadelphia area at the Paul Michael School of Music, Bright Lights Academy, a frequent substitute guest with Tune-up Philly, in addition to her private studio.