Winner of the Cardiff Singer of the World Main Prize and joint Song Prize 2017, Scottish-German mezzo-soprano Catriona Morison was a member of the ensemble of Oper Wuppertal from 2016 until 2018 after which she became a resident artist there. She sang a wide variety of roles there including Nicklausse (Les contes d’Hoffmann), Charlotte (Werther), Hänsel (Hänsel und Gretel), Maddalena (Rigoletto) and Cherubino (Le nozze di Figaro). On the concert platform, Catriona Morison made her BBC Proms debut in 2019 singing Elgar’s Sea Pictures. As a recitalist, Catriona Morison works regularly with Malcolm Martineau, Simon Lepper or Joseph Middleton, at venues and festivals such as the Wigmore Hall, Edinburgh International Festival, Leeds Lieder Festival and Weimarer Meisterkurs, and was recently a BBC Radio 3 New Generation Artist.
Julius Drake lives in London and enjoys an international reputation as one of the finest instrumentalists in his field, collaborating with many of the world’s leading artists. The New Yorker has described him as the “collaborative pianist nonpareil”. He appears regularly at all the major music centres and festivals. His passionate interest in song has led to invitations to devise song series for Wigmore Hall, London, the BBC and The Royal Concertgebouw, Amsterdam. His annual series of song recitals – Julius Drake and Friends – in the historic Middle Temple Hall in London, has featured recitals with many outstanding vocal artists including Thomas Allen, Olaf Bär, Ian Bostridge, Angelika Kirchschlager, Iestyn Davies, Veronique Gens, Felicity Lott, Simon Keenlyside, Christopher Maltman, Mark Padmore, Christoph Prégardien.