Ann Murray (Irish mezzo-soprano)

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Ann Murray, DBE (born 27 August 1949, Dublin), is an Irish mezzo-soprano. She studied with Frederic Cox at the Royal Manchester College of Music and made her stage debut as Alcestis in Christoph Willibald Gluck's Alceste in 1974. She has since sung at all major opera houses and is particularly noted for her performances in works by George Frideric Handel, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Richard Strauss.

Murray performs mainly at Covent Garden (where she performed as Siphare in Mozart's Mitridate, re di Ponto), the English National Opera and the Bavarian State Opera (where she was made Kammersängerin in 1998). Murray was the featured singer in volume three of the Hyperion Schubert Edition, Hyperion Records' complete Franz Schubert lieder project, in 1988, led by pianist Graham Johnson.

In 2012, she was made an Honorary Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire in the Diamond Jubilee Honours for her services to music. She has received an honorary doctorate in music from the National University of Ireland in 1997, and the Bavarian Order of Merit in 2004.

She maintains her links with Ireland and is a patron of the Young Associate Artists Programme of Dublin's Opera Theatre Company. In September 2010, she was appointed professor of singing at the Royal Academy of Music in London, where she was previously (since 1999) an honorary fellow.

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1984 Handel: Lucrezia; Va tacito e nascosto / Mozart: Il tenero momento; Parto, parto; Lungi da te, mio bene Ann Murray, Scottish Chamber Orchestra & Raymond Leppard 1
1986 Quartet no. 14 in D minor / Der Tod und das Mädchen (Lied) Franz Schubert, arr. Gustav Mahler; English Chamber Orchestra, Jeffrey Tate, Ann Murray 1
1987 The Banks of Green Willow English Chamber Orchestra, Jeffrey Tate, Ann Murray 1
1989 The Hyperion Schubert Edition, Volume 3: Schubert & His Friends I Franz Schubert; Ann Murray, Graham Johnson 1
1992 Piano Concerto no. 1 / Two Songs, op. 91 Brahms; Stephen Kovacevich, Ann Murray, Nobuko Imai, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Wolfgang Sawallisch 5 1
1993 The Last Rose of Summer Ann Murray, Graham Johnson 2
1993 Songs by Gounod Charles Gounod; Felicity Lott, Ann Murray, Anthony Rolfe Johnson, Graham Johnson 1
1998 Songs by Bizet Georges Bizet; Ann Murray, Graham Johnson 1
1998 Juditha Triumphans Vivaldi; Ann Murray, María Cristina Kiehr, Susan Bickley, Sarah Connolly, Jean Rigby, The Choir of the King's Consort, The King's Consort, Robert King 1
2001 The Songs of Chausson Ernest Chausson; Felicity Lott, Ann Murray, Geraldine McGreevy, Chris Pedro Trakas, Chilingirian Quartet, Graham Johnson 1
2006 Songs by Schubert's Friends and Contemporaries Susan Gritton, Ann Murray, Stella Doufexis, Mark Padmore, Gerald Finley, Graham Johnson 1

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