Morag Atchison has firmly established herself as one of New Zealand’s leading and most versatile sopranos. She studied at the University of Auckland and Royal Academy of Music (London), and was a finalist in the Kathleen Ferrier and Royal Over-Seas League competitions.
Her operatic roles include Helmwige, Die Walküre (NZSO); Lady-in-waiting, Verdi’s Macbeth; First Lady, Magic Flute (NBR NZ Opera); Sandrina, Die Gärtnerin aus Liebe (Opera Unleashed, Hamilton Festival); Fourth Maid, Strauss’ Elektra (APO); and Blumenmädchen, Parsifal (NZSO).
Morag works regularly with all of New Zealand’s major orchestras and choral societies, and has performed as a soloist in Canada, the USA, Italy, The Netherlands, France, Kenya, Seychelles, and throughout the UK. In 2015 Morag’s engagements include Britten’s War Requiem with the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra, Last Night of the Proms with the Manukau Symphony Orchestra, Israel in Egypt with Auckland Choral, performances with Voices NZ Chamber Choir at the Auckland Festival, and she will be covering the role of Tosca for NZ Opera.
Morag teaches voice at the University of Auckland, and is vocal consultant for the NZ Youth Choir, the University of Auckland Chamber Choir, and the award-winning Choralation from Westlake Girls’ and Boys’ High Schools. Morag holds a Doctorate in Musical Arts from the University of Auckland, the first DMA in vocal studies from a New Zealand University