Katy Wright

Deputy Editor, Classical Music

Catriona Morison wins BBC Cardiff Singer of the World

10:04, 19th June 2017

Scottish mezzo-soprano Catriona Morison has become the first British winner of BBC Cardiff Singer of the World.

The 31-year-old was the judge’s wildcard for the final, which took place on 18 June at St David’s Hall, Cardiff.

Her programme of Rossini, Strauss, Purcell and Ravel saw her receive a £15,000 cash prize and the Cardiff trophy.

Morison was also jointly awarded the Song Prize, along with Ariunbaatar Ganbaatar, on 16 June at St David’s Hall.

Born in Edinburgh into a musical family, Morison studied at Berlin University of the Arts and the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, graduating with distinction. She won the Toonkunst Oratorio Prize at the 50th Hertogenbosch competition in Holland, and was a finalist at the Hilde Zadek Voice Competition in Vienna.

Morison is a Samling Artist and was a member of the Salzburg Festival’s Young Singers Project and the Thuringian Opera Studio. She is an ensemble member of Wuppertal Opera, and has sung roles at the Deutsches Nationaltheater Weimar, Theater Erfurt and Theater Nordhausen.

Asked to comment on her win, the mezzo-soprano said: ‘I’m over the moon. I don’t know how to put it into words. It’s been a whirlwind of a week and I don’t know what to say.’

The four other finalists were Mongolian baritone Ariunbaatar Ganbaatar, British soprano Louise Alder, Australian tenor Kang Wang and American baritone Anthony Clark Evans.

Alder was nominated by audience members and viewers as the winner of this year’s £2,500 Dame Joan Sutherland Audience Prize.

The jury for the main prize included chair, David Pountney, mezzo-soprano Grace Bumbry, soprano Sumi Jo, baritone Wolfgang Holzmair and conductor Anu Tali.

David Jackson, the competition’s artistic director, said: ‘It’s been an amazing week of great singing, but what a thrilling finale! And to top it all, we have our first British winner!’


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