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Ann Murray
Ann Murray  

B108010   B 108 090
G. F. Händel: Giulio Cesare in Egitto
B108010   B 108 010
G. F. Händel: Xerxes
B108030   B 108 030
G. F. Händel: Ariodante
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Born August 27, 1949 - Dublin, Ireland

The Irish soprano, Ann Murray, studied with Frederick Cox at the Royal Manchester College of Music.

Ann Murray has established close links with both the English National Opera for whom she has sung Charlotte, Rosina, Beatrice and the title roles in Händel's Xerxes and Ariodante, and with the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, where her roles have included Cherubino, Dorabella, Donna Elvira, Rosina, Oktavian, and new productions of L'Enfant et les Sortileges, Ariadne auf Naxos, Idomeneo, Mitridate, Re di Ponto, Cosi fan tutte, Moise in Egito, Götterdaemmerung, Alcina and Giulio Cesare.

Much sought after as a concert singer, Ann Murray has sung with the Orchestre de Paris under Kubelik, the Philadelphia Orchestra under Wolfgang Sawallisch, the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra under Muti, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra under Georg Solti, and in the Musikverein, Vienna, under Wolfgang Sawallisch and Nikolaus Harnoncourt. She sings in Britain with all 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.

Ann Murray's recital appearances have taken her to Paris, Brussels, Geneva, Dresden, Zürich, Frankfurt, Madrid, London, Dublin, the Aldeburgh, Edinburgh, Munich and Salzburg Festivals, and both the Konzerthaus and Musikverein in Vienna. She was a founder member of Graham Johnson's The Songmakers' Almanac.

Ann Murray’s operatic engagements have taken her to Hamburg, Dresden, Brussels, Paris, Berlin, Cologne, Zürich, the Chicago Lyric Opera and the Metropolitan Opera, New York. She is a regular guest at La Scala Milan where her roles have included Donna Elvira, Sextus, Dorabella and Cherubino under Muti. Her commitments away from home now centre on the Vienna State Opera, the Bavarian State Opera, Munich and the Salzburg Festival - in these houses her repertoire has included Cherubino, Dorabella, Sextus, Elvira, the Composer, Oktavian, Xerxes and Giulio Cesare in Munich; Sextus, Idamante, Cherubino, Charlotte, Rosina, Oktavian and the Composer in Vienna; Cecilio and Sextus under Cambreling, La Cenerentola under Chailly, Nicklausse and Cherubino under James Levine, Dorabella and Donna Elvira under Muti, and Oktavian under Lorin Maazel in Salzburg.

Future engagements include the title roles in new productions of Ariodante in Munich, Maria Stuarda for the English National Opera, and Alceste for the Netherlands Opera.

In 1998 Ann Murray was awarded the title of Kammersängerin of the Bavarian State Opera.