Natalie Murray Beale was born in Australia. She studied at the Sydney Conservatory and then continued her education at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London and at the National Opera Studio. She was an associate artist at the Welsh National Opera, Coach for the Royal Opera House Young Artist Programme and Guest Chorus Director of the London Symphony Chorus. She perfected her conducting with the Finnish maestro and teacher, Jorma Panula.
Murray Beale has a particular interest in the late 18th century repertoire, concentrating on operas of Mozart and Gluck, and has gained valuable experience in this area by working with orchestras and festivals that cultivate that type of music, such as Le Cercle de L’Harmonie Orchestra during their stay in Paris for the Aix Festival and the Parisian Theatre des Champs-Elysees, Festival in Vienna, the Freiburg Baroque Orchestra, Norwegian National Opera in Bergen, the Belgian Baroque Orchestra B’Rock and many others.
She is equally interested in contemporary music and often works with composers of contemporary music. She had recently been granted the Royal Philharmonic Society Award for her performances of the new opera We are Shadows by John Barber, a BAFTA nomination for the performance of music for video game Alien: Isolation and a BBC Performing Arts Fund Fellowship #32ones to watch. She also works with the London theatre Fuel that produces only new stage works of inspirational authors for spectators who are yearning for adventure and with an English writer, performer and acoustic artist Melanie Wilson.
Natalie Murray Beale has been critically acclaimed as “a young conductor on her way up”. Other reviews have described her conducting as “exceptional”, “charming and vigorous” and having “Mozartian grace”. With a growing reputation around the world, she has recently made her concert debuts with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, Malta Philharmonic and The Dallas Opera. Her work with opera companies also includes Welsh National Opera and Opera Holland Park, London. Murray Beale works as a professor at the Royal College of Music in London and as an artistic counsellor of the independent opera at the Sadler’s Wells in London; she is also a regular associate of conductors Esa-Pekka Salonen and Jérémie Rhorer.
Her appearance as conductor in Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro directed by Mauricio García Lozano is her first guest appearance at the Opera of the Croatian National Theatre in Zagreb.