Catriona Morison

Mezzo-soprano

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Winner of the 2017 BBC Cardiff Singer of the World Main Prize and joint winner of the Song Prize, Scottish mezzo Catriona Morison is the first British artist to win this highly coveted award. Currently a member of the ensemble at Oper Wuppertal, her 2017-18 appearances include Maddalena Rigoletto, Hansel Handel and Gretel and the title role in Martinů’s Julietta. Away from Oper Wuppertal, engagements include an autumn tour of European festivals with MusicAeterna and Teodor Currentzis conducting Mozart Requiem as well as appearances with the BBC Orchestras and at Wigmore Hall.

Last season’s highlights at Oper Wuppertal included Nicklausse Les Contes d’Hoffmann, Clarice The Love of Three Oranges and Maddalena Rigoletto.

Recent successes include the roles of Annina Der Rosenkavalier and Kay in Albrecht’s Die Schneekönigin (The Snow Queen) in the highly lauded 2015 production, both at Deutsches Nationaltheater Weimar; Giove/Pisandro Il ritorno d’Ulisse in patria for Theater Erfurt, staged performances of Mozart Requiem for Theater Hof and Handel’s Alexander’s Feast for Lithuanian National Opera.

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BBC Cardiff Singer of the World 2017

St. David's Hall, Cardiff, June 2017

To secure the prize, Ms. Morison sang selections from Rossini (“Tancredi”), Strauss (“Der Rosenkavalier”), Ravel (“L’Heure Espagnole”) and Purcell (“Dido and Aeneas”) with a silky, lightly smoky tone, easygoing dramatic flair and unflappable poise.

The New York Times, Zachary Woolfe, 19 June 2017

She’s a singer of much character, real musical intelligence

The Guardian, Rian Evans, 19 June 2017

...a rich sounds with some Dame Janet moments. She was at her most impressive in the Song Prize final of two nights earlier, when she shared first place. In Schoenberg and in Lieder, the depth of her engagement with both words and music held one in the moment.

Opera, Rian Evans, 19 June 2017

The Fairy Queen

Oper Wuppertal, January 2017

Amongst the six singers Catriona Morison stood out with wide range achieving a depth of vocal warmth and radiance that otherwise was lacking in the world of Aschemond.

Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, January 2017

The Love for Three Oranges

Opernhaus Wuppertal, October 2016

Simon Stricker as Leander and Catriona Morison as Complain Clarice give a well-coordinated pair of crooks on an excellent vocal level.

Opernnetz, Pedro Obiera, 29 October 2016

The mezzosopranos Catriona Morison (Clarice) and Chariklia Mavropoulou (Fata Morgana) convince with clear voices...

Westdeutsche Zeitung, Hartmut Sassenhausen, October 2016

Hoffmanns Erzählungen

Oper Wuppertal, September 2016

Catriona Morison is a great discovery, a singer with huge charisma and downright angelically guided mezzo soprano.

Concerti, Andreas Falentin, September 2016

The Scottish mezzo soprano Catriona Morison is justly celebrated as Nicklausse/Voice of Antonia’s mother (as an angel with only one wing), in particular delivering the Violin Aria with a beguiling warmth.

Online Merker, Christoph Zimmermann, September 2016.

Catriona Morison's Concert Repertoire

BACH

Christmas Oratorio
St Matthew Passion
St John Passion


BEETHOVEN

Symphony No.9 
Mass in C

ELGAR

Sea Pictures: Nos 1.2.4.

HANDEL

Dixit Dominus
Alexander’s Feast
Messiah


HAYDN

Nelson Mass

E.T.A. HOFFMANN

Miserere

MAHLER

Des Knaben Wunderhorn: 
Wer hat dies Liedlein erdacht
Urlicht    
Rheinlegendchen*
Das irdische Leben*
Des Antonius von Padua Fischpredigt*


MENDELSSOHN

Elijah

MOZART

Requiem
Missa brevis in Bb
Vesperae solennes de Confessore
Missa brevis in D
Io ti lascio, oh cara addio


PERGOLESI

Stabat Mater
Magnificat

ROSSINI

Petite Messe Solennelle

VAUGHAN WILLIAMS

Serenade to Music

VIVALDI

Gloria

Catriona Morison's Opera Repertoire

BIZET

Carmen (Mèrcédes)

BRITTEN

A Midsummer Night's Dream (Hermia)
The Rape of Lucretia (Bianca)

CACCINI

La liberazione di Ruggiero (Melissa)* 

HUMPERDINK

Hänsel und Gretel (title)*

MONTEVERDI

L’incoronazione di Poppea (Nerone)
Il ritorno d’Ulisse in patria (Giove/Pissandro)

MOZART

Cosi fan tutte (Dorabella)
Le nozze di Figaro (Cherubino)

OFFENBACH

Les Contes d'Hoffmann (Nicklausse, La mère d’Antonia)

PROKOFIEV

The Love for Three Oranges (Princess Clarice)

R. STRAUSS

Rosenkavalier (Annina)

VERDI

Rigoletto (Maddalena)

Roles marked with * are currently in preparation.

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