has received acclaim for her performances of the great Handel, Strauss and Mozart roles in the opera houses of Hamburg, Dresden, Brussels, Paris, Berlin, Cologne, Zurich, Amsterdam, the Chicago Lyric Opera, the Metropolitan Opera, New York, La Scala Milan, the Vienna State Opera and the Salzburg Festival. She has particularly strong links with English National Opera, the Royal Opera, Covent Garden Glyndebourne and the Bavarian State Opera.
She is renowned as a concert singer, having sung with the Orchestre de Paris under Kubelik, the Philadelphia Orchestra under Sawallisch, the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra under Muti, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra under Solti, the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra under Haitink and in the Musikverein, Vienna under Sawallisch and Harnoncourt.
Her recital appearances have taken all over Europe, including the Aldeburgh, Edinburgh, Munich and Salzburg Festivals.
In 1997 Ann Murray was made an Honorary Doctor of Music by the National University of Ireland. In 1998 she was made a Kammersangerin of the Bavarian State Opera and in 1999 an Honorary Fellow of the Roytal Academy of Music. In the 2002 Golden Jubilee 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.