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Award winning actor F. MURRAY ABRAHAM (Mr. Moustafa) has
also established a reputation for his powerful and sensitive work in the genre
of spoken word with music. He has performed under the batons of some of the
greatest conductors in America and Europe and made his New York Philharmonic
debut in May 2005 as the Narrator in Stravinsky's L'Histoire du soldat. He
returned in June 2006 to narrate Copland's Lincoln Portrait, and again in
December 2007 for a presentation of "Inside the Music" with Gerard McBurney
featuring Shostakovich Symphony No. 4. In June 2007, Abraham appeared in the
Detroit Symphony's performances of L'Histoire du soldat. He has appeared with
the San Francisco Symphony and Michael Tilson Thomas, and performed Stravinsky's
Oedipus Rex at the Ravinia Festival with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and
James Levine. In May 2008, he performed the Genesis Suite with the Seattle
Symphony and Gerard Schwartz. In October, 2012, Abraham returned to his native
Pittsburgh, reading letters from Mozart to his father in the Pittsburgh
Symphony's dramatic presentation of Mozart's Requiem, led by Manfred Honeck.
This year, he will make his solo singing debut with the Czech National Symphony
Orchestra at the Prague Proms in Steven Mercurio's A Grateful Tail. As part of
this program, Abraham will sing "The Last Will and Testament of Silverdene
Emblem O'Neill," Eugene O'Neill's moving tribute to his beloved dog.
Abraham has appeared in more than 80 films, including Amadeus, for which he
received the Academy Award for Best Actor, as well as Golden Globe and L.A. Film
Critics Awards. His other films include Lina Wertmuller's House of Geraniums
(with Sophia Loren); The Bridge of San Luis Rey (with Robert De Niro); Where
Love Begins (with Virna Lisi); The Name of the Rose and Gus van Sant's Finding
Forrester, both with Sean Connery; Brian De Palma's Scarface and Bonfire of the
Vanities; The Ritz; and Star Trek: Insurrection. He also recently appeared in
Joel and Ethan Coen's Inside Llewyn Davis.
Abraham's television appearances have included Zanuck Productions' "Dead
Lawyers," "Noah's Ark," "Dead Man's Walk," "Largo Desolato," "Season of Giants,"
"Excellent Cadavers," "Quiet Flows the Don," "The Betrothed," "Journey to the
Center of the Earth," "Marco Polo," "The Good Wife" and "Louie." Recently, he
joined the cast of the hit series "Homeland."
A veteran of the theater stage, Abraham has appeared in more than 90 plays,
among them Chekhov's Uncle Vanya (for which he received an Obie Award), Trumbo,
Standup Shakespeare, the Italian tour of Notturno pirandelliano (with Michele
Placido), Susan Stroman's A Christmas Carol, the musical Triumph of Love
(alongside Betty Buckley), A Month in the Country, the title role in Cyrano de
Bergerac, The Seagull, Oedipus Rex, Creon, Angels in America (both Millennium
Approaches and Perestroika), The Ride Down Mt. Morgan, Waiting for Godot, The
Caretaker, The Ritz, Sexual Perversity in Chicago, Duck Variations, A Life in
the Theatre, and Paper Doll. He made his LA debut in Ray Bradbury's The
Wonderful Ice Cream Suit and his NY debut as a Macy's Santa Claus, soon
thereafter to Broadway in The Man in the Glass Booth, directed by Harold Pinter.
In 2005, Abraham penned A Midsummer Night's Dream: Actors on Shakespeare, a
commentary chronicling his experience playing the character of 'Bottom' in A
Midsummer Night's Dream on stage.
In January of 2013, Abraham was honored with The Moscow Art Theatre Award,
also received by the distinguished director Peter Brook.
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