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Ann Murray

Mezzo-Soprano

Biography

Ann Murray in action.
Ann Murray as La Marquise de Berkenfeld in La Fille du régiment, The Royal Opera © ROH/Bill Cooper, 2012

Irish mezzo-soprano Ann Murray made her Royal Opera debut in 1976 as Siébel (Faust). She has performed regularly for The Royal Opera ever since, in roles including Ascanius (The Trojans at Carthage), Child (L’Enfant et les sortilèges), Dorabella (Così fan tutte), Composer (Ariadne auf Naxos), Octavian (Der Rosenkavalier), Idamante (Idomeneo), Sifare (Mitridate, re di Ponto), Ruggiero (Alcina), Donna Elvira (Don Giovanni), Amaltea (Mosè in Egitto), Waltraute (Götterdämmerung), the title role of Giulio Cesare, Witch (Hänsel und Gretel), Marquise de Berkenfield (La Fille du régiment) and Marcellina (Le nozze di Figaro).

Murray trained at the Royal Manchester College of Music and made her professional debut in 1974 as the title role in Gluck’s Alceste. She has sung for many of the world’s leading opera houses, and has particularly strong associations with The Royal Opera, English National Opera and Bavarian State Opera. Other companies with which she has sung include Paris Opéra, Zürich Opera, Berlin State Opera, Semperoper Dresden, Vienna State Opera, La Scala, Milan, and the Metropolitan Opera, New York. Her repertory has included Handel heroes such as Ariodante, Rinaldo and Serse, and Sesto (La clemenza di Tito), Rosina (Il barbiere di Siviglia), Maria Stuarda, Charlotte (Werther) and Mrs Grose (The Turn of the Screw).

Murray has performed widely in concert and recital (including at the First and Last Nights of the BBC Proms), and made many acclaimed recordings. She is an Honorary Doctor of Music at the National University of Ireland, an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Academy of Music, a Kammersängerin of the Bavarian State Opera and a Dame of the British Empire.

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