Ann Murray DBE in conversation with Stephen Brown

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  • Ann Murray DBE in conversation with Stephen Brown
    1 February 2021
    6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Ann Murray DBE in conversation,

with Stephen Brown

ZOOM WEBINAR: 6.30pm, 1st February 2021



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.

Her international operatic engagements have taken her to Hamburg, Dresden, Cologne, Berlin, Munich, Paris, Zurich, Brussels, Amsterdam, Milan, Vienna, Salzburg, the Chicago Lyric Opera, Los Angeles Opera and the Metropolitan Opera, New York.

In concert, she has appeared with the world’s great orchestras and her 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.


Stephen A. Brown

A Londoner with a degree from the Royal College of Music and a diploma in Stage Management from the London Opera Center, Stephen A. Brown retired in 2017 from the Metropolitan Opera in New York, after a 38-year career. First as Stage Manager for 18 years, responsible for over seventy new productions, revivals and telecasts (including Wagner’s Ring Cycle in 1989/1990), then as Company Manager, with oversight of the artistic budget and scheduling.

During this time, he also worked for a number of major international companies, including the Bolshoi Ballet, Nederlands Dans Theater and the Kirov Opera and Ballet. He was a regular judge for the annual Metropolitan Opera National Council Competitions and has been a frequent panelist on the internationally syndicated Saturday afternoon Metropolitan Opera Radio Quiz. He also wrote and presented the radio introduction to the 2005 broadcast of Wagner’s Ring Cycle. In New York, Brown directed a number of Shakespeare and classical plays Off-Broadway and served as Secretary to the Broadway Equity Stage Managers’ Association. He has also directed a number of operas regionally.

Brown’s English theatre work includes work at London’s Round House, and as Stage Manager at the Royal National Theatre of Great Britain under Sir Peter Hall.  He then served as the RNT’s Company Stage Manager for the West End transfer of Julian Mitchell’s play Half Life starring Sir John Gielgud, as well as for the Annual George Devine Gala at the Royal Court Theatre with Sir Laurence Olivier, Dame Peggy Ashcroft and Dame Maggie Smith and other theatrical luminaries.

Between 2005 and 2014, Brown worked as a consultant for the U.S. Department of State, twice visiting Tbilisi, Republic of Georgia, was well as for the Arts Council of Mongolia in Ulaan Baatar, and for the U.S. Consulate in Ekaterinburg in Russia’s Ural Mountains. He spent two summers teaching and directing Mozart operas at Italy’s Amalfi Coast Festival, and still (pre-Covid) regularly lectures on cruises of the Rhine and Danube rivers. He has offered lectures and master-classes on opera and singing at a number of American universities and conservatories, the Freie Universität in Berlin, and at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London.


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