Dame Ann Murray has a fantastic international career bringing to life the heroes and heroines of opera but she is an equally renowned interpreter of song, and closely associated with Britten’s glorious song cycles for mezzo. In collaboration with distinguished accompanist Malcolm Martineau, they focus on Britten’s prolific vocal output, particularly the song cycles.
James Way tenor
Anna Cavaliero soprano
Natalie Burch piano
Emma Stannard mezzo-soprano
Jennifer Coleman soprano
Keval Shah piano
Felicia Gyllensteig Serrao mezzo-soprano
Charlotte Schoeters soprano
Patrick Behringer piano
Charles Sy tenor
Rose Stachniewska soprano
Jocelyn Freeman piano
Hugo Herman-Wilson baritone
Katherine McIndoe soprano
Lucy Colquhoun piano
Dame Ann Murray
Ann Murray was born in Dublin and studied with Frederick Cox at the Royal Manchester College of Music. She has established close links with both the English National Opera, for whom she has sung the title roles in Handel Xerxes and Ariodante and Donizetti Maria Stuarda, and with the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, where her roles have included Cherubino (Mozart Le nozze di Figaro), Dorabella (Mozart Cosi fan tutte), Donna Elvira (Mozart Don Giovanni), Rosina (Rossini Il barbiere di Siviglia), Octavian (Strauss Der Rosenkavalier), Child (Ravel L’Enfant et les Sortilèges), Composer (Ariadne auf Naxos), Idamante (Mozart Idomeneo), Sifare (Mozart Mitridate, Re di Ponto), Dorabella (Mozart Cosi fan tutte), Amaltea (Rossini Mosé in Egitto), Ruggiero (Handel Alcina), the title role in Handel Giulio Cesare, Witch (Humperdinck Hänsel und Gretel), Marquise de Berkenfield (Donizetti La Fille du régiment) and Marcellina (Mozart Le nozze di Figaro).
Much sought after as a concert singer, Ann has sung with the Orchestre de Paris under Rafael Kubelik, the Philadelphia Orchestra under Wolfgang Sawallisch, the Berliner Philharmoniker under Riccardo Muti, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra under Sir Georg Solti, the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra under Sir Bernard Haitink and in the Musikverein, Vienna under Sawallisch and Nikolaus Harnoncourt. She sings in Great Britain with 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’s 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, including Dido in Purcell Dido and Aeneas under Harnoncourt, Dorabella under James Levine, Cherubino under Muti, Hansel under Sir Colin Davis, Sextus (Mozart La clemenza di Tito) under Harnoncourt and Donna Elvira under Solti.
This season’s performances include Dido and Aeneas with La Nuova Musica at St John’s Smith Square, recitals for Oxford Lieder and the Bath Festival and masterclasses at the Royal Irish Academy of Music, the Académie de Villecroze in France, and for the Britten-Pears Young Artist Programme in Aldeburgh.
In 1997 Ann was made an Honorary Doctor of Music by the National University of Ireland, in 1998 she was made a Kammersängerin of the Bayerische Staatsoper 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 and in 2016 she was awarded the Wigmore Hall Gold Medal.
Malcolm Martineau was born in Edinburgh, read Music at St Catharine’s College, Cambridge and studied at the Royal College of Music.
Recognised as one of the leading accompanists of his generation, he has worked with many of the world’s greatest singers including Sir Thomas Allen, Dame Janet Baker, Olaf Bär, Barbara Bonney, Ian Bostridge, Angela Gheorghiu, Susan Graham, Thomas Hampson, Della Jones, Simon Keenlyside, Angelika Kirchschlager, Magdalena Kozena, Solveig Kringelborn, Jonathan Lemalu, Dame Felicity Lott, Christopher Maltman, Karita Mattila, Lisa Milne, Ann Murray, Anna Netrebko, Anne Sofie von Otter, Joan Rodgers, Amanda Roocroft, Michael Schade, Frederica von Stade, Sarah Walker and Bryn Terfel.
He has presented his own series at the Wigmore Hall (a Britten and a Poulenc series, Decade by Decade – 100 years of German Song and Songlives broadcast by the BBC) and at the Edinburgh Festival (the complete lieder of Hugo Wolf). He has appeared throughout Europe (including London’s Wigmore Hall, Barbican, Queen Elizabeth Hall and Royal Opera House; La Scala, Milan; the Chatelet, Paris; the Liceu, Barcelona; Berlin’s Philharmonie and Konzerthaus; Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw and Vienna’s Konzerthaus and Musikverein), North America (including in New York both Alice Tully Hall and Carnegie Hall), Australia (including the Sydney Opera House) and at the Aix en Provence, Vienna, Edinburgh, Schubertiade, Munich and Salzburg Festivals.
Recording projects have included Schubert, Schumann and English song recitals with Bryn Terfel (for Deutsche Grammophon); Schubert and Strauss recitals with Simon Keenlyside (for EMI) and Songs of War which won a Grammy Award; recital recordings with Angela Gheorghiu and Barbara Bonney (for Decca), Magdalena Kozena (for DG), Della Jones (for Chandos), Susan Bullock (for Crear Classics), Solveig Kringelborn (for NMA); Amanda Roocroft (for Onyx); the complete Fauré songs with Sarah Walker and Tom Krause; the complete Britten Folk Songs for Hyperion; the complete Beethoven Folk Songs for Deutsche Grammophon; the complete Poulenc songs for Signum; and Britten Song Cycles as well as Schubert’s Winterreise and Schwanengesang with Florian Boesch for Onyx; Heimliche Aufförderrung and Scene! with Christiane Karg and Portraits with Dorothea Röschmann.
This season’s engagements include appearances with Sarah Connolly, Dorothea Roschman, Angelika Kirschlager, Simon Keenleyside, a tour with Magdalena Kozena, appearance at Oxford Lieder with Ann Murray and Thomas Allen and a US tour with Florian Boesch and Miah Persson
He was a given an honorary doctorate at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama in 2004, and appointed International Fellow of Accompaniment in 2009. Malcolm was the Artistic Director of the 2011 Leeds Lieder+ Festival. He was made an OBE in the 2016 New Year’s Honours.