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Ann Murray

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Ann Murray DBE is an Irish mezzo-soprano. She was born on 27 August 1949, in Dublin. She studied with Frederick Cox (musician) 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 Georg Friedrich Händel, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Richard Strauss.

Murray performs mainly at Covent Garden (where she performed as Siphare in Mitridate Rè 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 2002, she was made a Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire for her services to music. Not being a citizen of a Commonwealth realm, the award was honorary rather than substantive. This means she can use the postnominal “DBE”, but is not known as Dame Ann Murray.

Murray maintains her links with Ireland and is the Patron of the ‘Young Associate Artists Programme’ of the Dublin-based Opera Theatre Company. She was married to the late English tenor, Philip Langridge and has one son, Jonathan.

In September 2010 she was appointed professor of singing at the Royal Academy of Music in London.

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