Ann Murray: Irish mezzo
Ann Murray is an Irish mezzo-soprano, born in Dublin on 27 August 1949, and a familiar face at the Royal Opera House in Covent Garden in London. She has also sung at opera houses all over the world - including La Scala in Milan and The Metropolitan in New York. Her long career in opera was honoured in 2002, when she became a "Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire", or DBE.
In this album, Murray gets back to her Irish roots and peforms a collection of songs by Berlioz, Brahms, E.J. Moeran, Samuel Barber, Arnold Bax and Michael Head, all inspired by Ireland. There's also a few beautiful folksongs including "The Star of the County Down".
Ann Murray is also particularly known for her Handel. These two albums feature Ann singing arias from his operas and sacred cantatas. If you don't know where to begin, start with her performance of the beautiful aria "Ombra mai fu" from his opera "Xerxes" - you won't regret it!
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