Edinburgh-born soprano Catriona Hewitson won the 2018 Kathleen Ferrier Loveday Song Prize and is an Emerging Artist at Scottish Opera for their 2020/21 Season. She is a Samling Artist and Making Music’s Philip and Dorothy Green Young Artist 2018-2020. Having previously studied at the Royal Northern College of Music, ENO Opera Works and City of Edinburgh Music School, Catriona is a graduate of the Royal College of Music Opera Studio studying with Professor Janis Kelly. Recently she was a finalist in the Maureen Lehane Vocal Awards and Royal Over-Seas League Vocal Category. She has won several other prizes including the Clare Croiza Prize for French Song and the Chris Petty English Song Competition.
Whilst working for Scottish Opera, she has performed Despina Così fan tutte which was released for online distribution, and was the soprano for their Opera Highlights Online performance. Catriona also performed with The Grange Festival in their inaugural season as Cis Albert Herring and recently performed Donna Rinaldo for Glyndebourne Touring Opera as well as covering in their Festival season. She has also covered lead roles for Garsington Festival Opera as an Alvarez Young Artist, and for English Touring Opera including Sophie Werther. Other roles performed include Susanna Le nozze di Figaro, directed by Sir Thomas Allen, Tytania A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Edwige in Offenbach’s Robinson Crusoe (RCM).
Highlights on the concert platform include performing at St Martin-in-the-Fields and touring with the Ulster Orchestra. Catriona has also performed at the Royal Albert Hall, Bridgewater Hall, Cadogan Hall, Queen’s Hall, Edinburgh International Festival and Lammermuir Festival. Recent and future performances include covering Gretel Hansel and Gretel for Scottish Opera and making her debut at St John’s Smith Square in 2021.
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YouTube playlist includes:
- Quando me’n vo, La bohème, Puccini (recorded 2020)
- Ach, ich fühl’s, Die Zauberflöte, Mozart (recorded 2020)
- O sleep, why dost thou leave me, Semele, G.F. Handel (recorded 2019)
- O wär’ ich schon mit dir vereint, Fidelio, L. V. Beethoven (recorded 2019)
“Hewitson shines in her flamboyant waltz song, leaping to the high C# trills with ease, her voice as brilliant as the diamonds with which she imagines being strewn.”Opera Today
“…top honours going to soprano Catriona Hewitson, whose name we are certain to hear even more of.”The Herald