Ann Murray’s extraordinary career has taken her to the greatest opera houses and orchestras in the world. Amongst her many accolades, in 2002 Ann Murray was appointed an honorary Dame Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire in the Golden Jubilee Queen’s Birthday Honours. In 2004 she was awarded the Bavarian Order of Merit and in 2016 she was awarded the Wigmore Hall Gold Medal.
.Ann Murray was born in Dublin and studied with Frederick Cox at the Royal Manchester College of Music. She has close links with both the English National Opera, for whom she has sung the title roles in Handel Xerxes and Ariodante and Donizetti Maria Stuarda, and with the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, where her roles have included Cherubino, Dorabella, Donna Elvira, Rosina, Octavian, new productions of L’Enfant et les Sortilèges, Ariadne auf Naxos, Idomeneo, Mitridate, Re di Ponto, Cosi fan Tutte, Mosé in Egitto, Alcina and Giulio Cesare.
Her international operatic engagements have taken her to Hamburg, Dresden, Cologne, Berlin, Munich, Paris, Zurich, Brussels, Amsterdam, Milan, Vienna, Salzburg, the Chicago Lyric Opera, Los Angeles Opera and the Metropolitan Opera, New York.
Much sought after as a concert singer, Ann has sung with the Orchestre de Paris under Rafael Kubelik, the Philadelphia Orchestra under Wolfgang Sawallisch, the Berliner Philharmoniker under Riccardo Muti, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra under Sir Georg Solti, the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra under Sir Bernard Haitink and in the Musikverein, Vienna under Sawallisch and Nikolaus Harnoncourt. She sings in Great Britain with the leading orchestras, at the BBC Promenade Concerts (where she has sung at both the First and Last Nights of the Proms) and at the major festivals.
Her discography reflects not only her broad concert and recital repertoire but also many of her great operatic roles.