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Ann Murray

  • Mezzo-Soprano


Ann Murray press reviews

Donizetti: La Fille du Régiment / Covent Garden / 2010

Stalwarts include Donald Maxwell's busybody Hortensius, snobbish major-domo to the even more snobbish Marquise of Berkenfield, played with unerring skill by Ann Murray, whose touching acknowledgement of her lost daughter brings about the happy resolution of her marital prospects.
George Hall / The Guardian / 20 May 2010

Ann Murray, wreathed in fox furs, has replaced Felicity Palmer as La Marquise de Berkenfeld in a feisty and beautiful turned performance.
She stands her own when confronted — in this production’s Act II coup — by the redoubtable presence of Dawn French as La Duchesse de Crackentorp.
Hilary Finch / The Times / 19 May 2010

... she does a thoroughly stylish job, making this dotty old dame a study in faded elegance
Rupert Christiansen / The Daily Telegraph / 19 May 2010

…the haughty extravagance of Ann Murray’s ripely spoken Marquise de Berkenfeld
The Independent / 18 May 2010

Ann Murray, the only newcomer to the cast, evokes fond memories of her double-act with Felicity Lott as a piano-playing, comically sardonic Marquise de Berkenfeld.
What’s On Stage / 18 May 2010

The Turn of the Screw / English National Opera, 2009

Mrs Grose was sung here by Ann Murray who was not only the biggest name in the cast but brought a dimension to the housekeeper that rescued her from standard lawks-a-mercying and made her a more central figure than you’d credit. It was an textbook case of how a great perfomance can lift a middle-status part to prominence. And this, like all around it, was a great performance
Michael White / Telegraph / 23 October 2009

Rebecca Evans and Ann Murray, resectively the Governess and Mrs Grose, are a dual lynchpin of great voices, great characters and complete verbal clarity.
Jessica Duchen / The Independent / 23 October 2009

Hansel and Gretel / Royal Opera House, 2008

Ann Murray's Witch, though never even faintly scary, had wonderful deadpan charm. More glamorous granny than ferocious hag, she shimmied round her Zimmer frame as if recalling a distant, pole-dancing past. Murray, an unfailingly elegant musician who three decades after her ROH debut still has a proper voice, delights in her cannibalistic lifestyle, baking her victims into blue designer ovens and taking them out crisp.
Observer / Fiona Maddocks

But as the Witch, Ann Murray's tight-lipped Mrs Danvers figure offered a fascinatingly different approach from Anja Silja's monstrous grotesque – and Murray sang it better too.
The Telegraph/ Rupert Christiansen

The Marriage of Figaro / Royal Opera House 2008

Ann Murray and Robert Lloyd as Marcellina and Bartolo make a splendid pair of would-be conspirators turned genial parents.
Evening Standard / Barry Millington

...a fire-eating Marcellina from Ann Murray.
The Spectator / Michael Tanner

The smaller roles included a brilliant cameo from Ann Murray as a waspish Marcellina.
The Financial Times / Richard Fairman

They need to learn something from the sheer focus, flair and robust imagination of the Marcellina of Ann Murray and the Bartolo of Robert Lloyd – a formidable and beautifully detailed double act.
The Times / Hilary Finch

Duet recital with Philip Langridge / Wigmore Hall

I would have liked this lunchtime concert to have gone on until dusk...Murray still sustains a pianissimo legato line like a silken thread, and hits her top notes with fearless clarity...Murray sang them with lilting charm.
The Times / Richard Morrison

The Turn of the Screw / English National Opera 2007

A special joy of the production was hearing Ann Murray in a new role: vocally incisive and miraculously flexible as the housekeeper Mrs Grose. It's a change for once to have her played lean and imposing, rather than as a cuddly old biddy.
Evening Standard / Fiona Maddocks (November 2007)

Mrs Grose is passionately realised in the power casting of Ann Murray, who personifies Victorian moral outrage, but does so with real heart.
The Independent / Edward Seckerson (July 2007)

Ann Murray is the imposingly shrewish Mrs Grose.
Financial Times / Andrew Clarke