Ann Murray was born in Dublin. She has close links with both the English National Opera, for whom she has sung the title roles in Handel's Xerxes and Ariodante and Donizetti's 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.
In concert she has appeared with the world's great orchestras and her recital appearances have taken her to Paris, Brussels, Amsterdam, Geneva, Dresden, Zurich, Frankfurt, Madrid, London, Dublin, the Aldeburgh, Edinburgh, Munich and Salzburg Festivals, and both the Konzerthaus and Musikverein in Vienna. Her discography reflects not only her broad concert and recital repertoire but also many of her great operatic roles.
In 1997 Murray was made an Honorary Doctor of Music by the National University of Ireland, in 1998 she was made a Kammersängerin of the Bavarian State Opera and in 1999 an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Academy of Music. In the 2002 Golden Jubilee Queen's Birthday Honours she was appointed an honorary Dame Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire. In 2004 she was awarded the Bavarian Order of Merit.
« l'excellence de sa prononciation allemande jointe à une très fine sensibilité et à une remarquable diction soutenue par un souffle très bien conduit, un timbre clair, homogène nuancé jouant de facettes des plus ténues aux plus mordorées, donnent à ses enregistrements - à celui-ci notamment- une indéniable qualité, une richesse esthétique autant qu'émouvante. »more >>Classica
«Qui craindrait qu'Ann Murray soit un peu courte pour de telles ambitions se trompe : la voix est ambrée, patinée et chaude... son [Martineau] piano anime le propos et le modèle avec un sens architectonique incontestable.»more >>American Record Guide
'Murray sounds as good as ever, and Martineau is sublime. A fabulous program and worthy addition to your lieder collection.'more >>BBC Music Magazine
'Her Schumann selection begins with a touchingly delivered account of the Poems of Mary, Queen of Scots in which her artistic intelligence and commitment are as apparent as her skilful balance between words and notes.'more >>MusicWeb International
'This fine singer leaves us with an excellent last recording which is completely up to the high standards of her distinguished career.'more >>Diapson
« Murray touche par la sincérité de ses élans, sa générosité qui sied en particulier à Brahms. »more >>Pizzicato
,,Das sind gelebte und erfühlte Aufführungen, von denen man sich gerne unterhalten lässt.''more >>BBC Radio 3 'CD Review'
'...You heard Schumann's Poems of Mary Stuart, with which Ann Murray so memorably begins her valedictory recital with pianist Malcolm Martineau...If this is to be Ann Murray's farewell to us it's a lovely way to do it.'Buffalo News
'This is a marvelous Lieder album.'more >>McAlister Matheson Music
'This is the kind of disc which justifies the whole art of German Lieder and will provide many happy hours of listening.'more >>