Catriona Morison

Samling Artist Programme: 2013

Scottish mezzo soprano Catriona Morison started her musical career at an early age as a violinist and violist, and continued her studies at the Junior Conservatoire of the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland (RCS) as a joint first study singer and violist. She went on to study for her BMus (Hons) and PGDip Opera Studies at the RCS and with Prof. Julie Kaufmann at the Universität der Künste, Berlin. In June 2013 she graduated from the Alexander Gibson Opera School of the RCS with a MMus Opera with Distinction where she studied with Clare Shearer. Catriona became a Samling Artist in her final year at the Opera School and was awarded the Independent Opera Postgraduate Voice Fellowship 13/14. She currently studies with Siegfried Gohritz in Weimar.

In summer 2015, Catriona was a member of the prestigious Young Singers Project at the Salzburg Festival. She made her debut with the Vienna Philharmonic at the Salzburg Festival in Strauss’s Der Rosenkavalier, took part in masterclasses with Christa Ludwig, Bejun Mehta and Malcolm Martineau, and sang in the YSP Final Concert with the Mozarteum Orchestra under the baton of Christoph Altstaedt. Catriona is currently a member of the Thüringer Opernstudio in Germany, where she has debuted at the Deutsches Nationaltheater in Weimar as Annina/Der Rosenkavalier, and Kay/Die Schneekönigin and at Theater Nordhausen as Jacob/GOLD. Upcoming roles this season include Giove and Pisandro/Il ritorno d’Ulisse in patria at Theater Erfurt and Hodel/Anatevka (Fiddler on the Roof) for Theater Nordhausen and the Thüringer Schlossfestspiele Sondershausen.

Other recent roles include Thaïs’s Friend/Alexander’s Feast at the Lithuanian National Opera, Dorabella /Così fan tutte for Theater Rudolstadt and the Banff Centre in Canada, Cherubino/Le nozze di Figaro for the Lyric Opera Studio Weimar, Nerone/L’incoronazione di Poppea and Bianca/The Rape of Lucretia for the RCS, Hermia/A Midsummer Night’s Dream for Scottish Opera and Mercédè /Carmen for Edinburgh Grand Opera. She appeared as a Lady of Mahagonny in Kurt Weill’s Rise and Fall in the City of Mahagonny conducted by HK Gruber at the Usher Hall for the Edinburgh International Festival. Catriona also sang with the Bayreuther Festspielchor in Wagner’s Tannhäuser, Lohengrin and Der fligende Holländer in 2014.

In summer 2013 Catriona made her debut at the Proms and was broadcast on BBC Radio 3, performing two of Charlotte Seither’s recent works in a Proms Plus Portrait. She made her solo debut with the Bamberger Symphoniker in February 2014 singing E.T.A. Hoffmann’s Miserere. Concert highlights include Rossini’s Petite Messe Solennelle conducted by Maestro Rolf Beck with the Schleswig-Holstein Festival Chor for the Usedomer Musikfestival, Mendelssohn’s Elijah and Rossini’s Petite Messe Solennelle in Poland, and Bach’s St John Passion conducted by Maestro Helmuth Rilling. Her other oratorio and concert repertoire includes Handel’s Dixit Dominus and Messiah, Mozart’s Requiem and Vesperae Solennes Confessore, Bach’s St Matthew Passion, and Vaughan Williams’ Serenade to Music.

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