Ann Murray

Ann Murray , DBE (came to life 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 Mitridate Re di Ponto ), the English National Opera and the Bavarian State Opera (where she was made Kammersangerin 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 2002, she was made an Honorary Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire for her services to music in the 2012 Diamond Jubilee Honours She has received an honorary doctorate in music from the National University of Ireland in 1997, and the Bavarian Order of Merit in 2004.

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