Acclaimed mezzo-soprano Dame Ann Murray leads an inspirational coaching session for Britten Pears Young Artists.

A masterclass is a rare opportunity to be a fly on the wall for live-on-stage coaching sessions between emerging musicians and established artists.

Working with singers and pianists from the 2022–23 cohort of Britten Pears Young Artists, Dame Ann Murray will lead an in-depth exploration of Britten’s song ahead of the Britten Song Trail on 14 June.

About Dame Ann Murray

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 Xerxes and Ariodante and Donizetti 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.

In 1997 Ann 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.

With thanks to Professor Sir Barry Ife and the Scarfe Charitable Trust for their kind support.

The Britten Pears Young Artist Programme is made possible with the generous support of our Trust & Foundations and individual supporters.