Catriona Hewitson – Soprano

Scottish Opera’s Emerging Artists 2021, Credit Julie Howden

Biography

Edinburgh-born soprano Catriona Hewitson won the 2018 Kathleen Ferrier Loveday Song Prize and is an Emerging Artist at Scottish Opera where she will sing Tytania A Midsummer Night’s Dream in 2022. 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.

Whilst working for Scottish Opera, she has also performed Adina L’elisir d’amore and Despina Così fan tutte, which were released for online distribution, and was the soprano for their Opera Highlights performances while covering Gretel Hansel and Gretel. 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. Catriona 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.

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Video

YouTube playlist includes:

  • In Uomini, in Soldati, Così fan tutte, Mozart (recorded 2020, 39 minutes 40 seconds in)
  • Moi, je m’appelle Ciboulette, Ciboulette, Reynaldo Hahn (Opera Highlights Autumn 2020, 37 minutes in)
  • Marietta’s Lied (Gluck, das mir verblieb), Die Tote Stadt, Korngold (Opera Highlights Autumn 2020, 52 minutes in)
  • Quando me’n vo, La bohème, Puccini (recorded 2020)
  • Ach, ich fühl’s, Die Zauberflöte, Mozart (recorded 2020)

Reviews

” The singing is good, too, particularly Catriona Hewitson’s haughty yet coquettish Casilda, whose black and sliver costume, with eye patch, make her look as if she has come straight from the role of Princess Eboli in a production of Verdi’s Don Carlos.”

The Guardian

“Richard Suart nails The Duke Of Plaza-Toto to perfection, and Catriona Hewitson is vocally outstanding as his daughter Casilda.”

The Herald

“The often hilarious role of Casilda was outstanding from Catriona Hewitson. especially in her reproducing the manner of speech adopted by members of the royal family. As a singer and actor, she proves that she is a fine prospect.”

The Spectator

“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

Photos

Credit: James Glossop
Credit: Colin Hattersley
Credit: Julian Guidera