The Scottish mezzo-soprano Catriona Morison studied at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and at the University of the Arts in Berlin, graduating with a Masters in Opera with Distinction and continues to study with Prof. Siegfried Gohritz of the Hochschule für Musik Franz Liszt in Weimar. In 2017 she became the first Brit and Scot to win the Main Prize as well as the Song Prize (jointly) at Cardiff Singer of the World. Before that won the “Toonkunst Oratorio Prize” at the 50. International Vocal Competition ’s-Hertogenbosch in 2014 and reached the final of the 9th International Hilde Zadek Competition in Vienna in 2015.
Catriona Morison took part in the Samling Artist programme for outstanding young singers in 2013 and in 2015 joined the Young Singers Project of the Salzburg Festival, making her debut there in Richard Strauss’ “Der Rosenkavalier” with the Vienna Philharmonic under Franz Wesler-Möst. The following season saw her become a member of the Thüringer Opera Studio.
At the beginning of season 2016/17 Catriona Morison joined the ensemble of Oper Wuppertal, where she has sung roles including Maddalena (Rigoletto), Hänsel (Hänsel und Gretel), Nicklausse (Les contes d’Hoffmann) und Clarice (Die Liebe zu den drei Orangen). This season she gives her role debut as Charlotte in Massenet’s “Werther” and can be seen as Cherubino in Mozart’s “Le nozze di Figaro”. In the role of Charlotte she makes her Norwegian and Scandinavian debut at Bergen National Opera.
Guest engagements have taken the mezzo-soprano to Oper Köln as Cherubino, German National Theatre Weimar as Annina (Der Rosenkavalier) and Kay (Die Schneekönigin), to Theater Erfurt as Giove und Pisandro (Il ritorno d’Ulisse in patria), as well as to Theater Hof and the Lithuanian National Opera for staged performances of Mozart’s Requiem and Handel’s “Alexander’s Feast” respectively. Further roles in her repertoire include Dorabella (Così fan tutte), Nerone (L’incoronatione di Popper), Bianca (The Rape of Lucretia), Hermia (A Midsummer Night’s Dream) and Mercédès (Carmen) which she has performed at the Banff Centre in Canada, with Edinburgh Grand Opera and with Scottish Opera.
On the concert platform Catriona Morison was recently a soloist with MusicAeterna under Teodor Currentzis on a European tour of Mozart’s Requiem and made her Russian debut in Bach’s b-Minor-Mass at the Trans-Siberian Music Festival in Novosibirsk. She gave her London Proms debut in 2013 and in the following year she sang E.T.A. Hoffmanns “Miserere” with the Bamberg Symphony Orchester. Further performances include Bach’s “St John Passion”, Handel’s “Messiah” and “Dixit Dominus”, Mendelssohn’s “Elijah”, and Vaughan Williams’ “Serenade to Music”. The artist has given recitals in multiple British and German cities as well as at the Edinburgh International Festival and at the Wigmore Hall as a BBC Radio 3 New Generation Artist.
Current concert projects include Ravel’s “Shéhérazade” with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Chaussons “Poème de l’amour et de la mer” with the Heidelberger Symphony Orchestra, Ethel Smyths “Mass in D” with the BBC Symphony Orchestra under Martyn Brabbins at the Barbican Centre London and with the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra under Sakari Oramo as well as Händels “Messiah” at the Royal Festival Hall in London. She sings Mahler’s “Rückert Lieder” with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales under Thomas Søndergård and the Wuppertal Symphony Orchestra under Julia Jones, Bach’s “St Matthew Passion” with the MDR-Symphony Orchestra Leipzig and Duruflé’s “Requiem” with the Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra under Sir Andrew Davis.
“Catriona Morison is a great discovery, a singer with great charisma and simply angelically guided mezzo-soprano.” Andreas Falentin, Concerti