Søndergård Conducts Rachmaninov One

Fri 12 Oct 2018, 7.30PM
Usher Hall, Edinburgh

Grieg Selected movements from Peer Gynt Suite No1
Grieg Selected movements from Peer Gynt Suite No2
Ravel Shéhérazade
Interval
Rachmaninov Symphony No1

Thomas Søndergård Conductor
Catriona Morison Mezzo-Soprano

‘Vengeance is mine; I will repay!’ And taking his cue from those thunderous words, Sergei Rachmaninov launches a First Symphony like no other. Dark, stormy and burning with unrequited passion, it’s heady stuff, and a gripping contrast to Grieg’s much-loved Peer Gynt. RSNO Music Director Thomas Søndergård is reunited on stage with Scottish mezzo Catriona Morison – fresh from her triumph in 2017’s Cardiff Singer of the World – in Ravel’s exquisite Shéhérazade.

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Thomas Søndergård

Thomas Søndergård Conductor

Danish conductor Thomas Søndergård is Principal Conductor of BBC National Orchestra of Wales (BBCNOW) and Principal Guest Conductor of the Royal Scottish National Orchestra (RSNO). From the start of the 2018:19 season he becomes Music Director of the RSNO.

Highlights of his 2016:17 season have included debuts with London Philharmonic, Royal Concertgebouw and London Symphony Orchestras, Bayerische Staatsoper (Turandot) and Deutsche Oper Berlin (world premiere of Scartazzini’s Edward II). He also made return visits to Oslo Philharmonic, Göteborgs Symfoniker, Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse, Danish National Symphony Orchestra, Royal Stockholm Philharmonic and Royal Danish Opera (Il viaggio a Reims). With the RSNO, projects have included Sibelius’ Violin Concerto with Janine Jansen and with BBC NOW, the complete Stravinsky The Firebird, recordings and touring.

Future plans include returns to Sydney and BBC Symphony Orchestras, Rotterdam Philharmonic, Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse, Norske Opera Oslo (Die Zauberflöte) and debuts with Rundfunk Symphony Orchestra Berlin, SWR Baden-Baden, Strasbourg Philharmonic, Gurzenich Orchestra and Bern Symphony. Recent seasons have included Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, Mahler Chamber Orchestra, Bamberger Symphoniker; leading tours with Junge Deutsche Philharmonie and European Union Youth Orchestra; Rotterdam Philharmonic, Netherlands Radio, Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg, Brussels Philharmonic; Swedish Radio, Royal Stockholm Philharmonic, Oslo Philharmonic, Danish National Symphony, Göteborgs Symfoniker, Orchestre National d’Ile de France; Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, Houston Symphony and Seattle Symphony Orchestra; Philharmonia Orchestra and BBC Symphony Orchestra.

Catriona  Morison

Catriona Morison Mezzo-Soprano

Winner of the 2017 BBC Cardiff Singer of the World Main Prize and joint winner of the Song Prize, Scottish mezzo Catriona Morison is the first British artist to win this highly coveted award. Currently a member of the ensemble at Oper Wuppertal, her 2017-18 appearances include Maddalena Rigoletto and Hänsel Hänsel und Gretel. Away from Oper Wuppertal, engagements include an autumn tour of European festivals with MusicAeterna and Teodor Currentzis conducting Mozart Requiem as well as appearances with the BBC Orchestras and at Wigmore Hall.

Last season’s highlights at Oper Wuppertal included Nicklausse Les Contes d’Hoffmann, Clarice The Love of Three Oranges and Maddalena Rigoletto.

Recent successes include the roles of Annina Der Rosenkavalier and Kay in Albrecht’s Die Schneekönigin (The Snow Queen) in the highly lauded 2015 production, both at Deutsches Nationaltheater Weimar; Giove/Pisandro Il ritorno d’Ulisse in patria for Theater Erfurt, staged performances of Mozart Requiem for Theater Hof and Handel’s Alexander’s Feast for Lithuanian National Opera.

Catriona started her musical career at an early age at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland (RCS) as a singer and a violist. She went on to study for her BMus (Hons) and PGDip Opera Studies at the RCS and with Prof. Julie Kaufmann at the Universität der Künste, Berlin, and graduated from the Alexander Gibson Opera School of the RCS under the tuition of Clare Shearer with a MMus Opera with Distinction in 2013. She continues to study with Prof. Siegfried Gohritz in Weimar.

The artist became a Samling Artist in 2013, and the following year she joined the Bayreuther Festspielchor and appeared in their productions of Tannhäuser, Lohengrin and Der fligende Holländer. In summer 2015, Catriona joined the prestigious Young Singers Project at the Salzburg Festival where she made her debut with the Vienna Philharmonic in Der Rosenkavalier, and participated in the YSP Final Concert with the Mozarteum Orchestra under the baton of Christoph Altstaedt. Her 2015-16 season was spent as a member of the Thüringer Opernstudio in Germany.

Other roles include Dorabella Così fan tutte at Theater Rudolstadt and the Banff Centre in Canada, Cherubino Le nozze di Figaro in Weimar, Nerone L’incoronazione di Poppea and Bianca The Rape of Lucretia for the RCS, Hermia A Midsummer Night’s Dream at Scottish Opera and Mercédès Carmen for Edinburgh Grand Opera. She appeared as a Lady of Mahagonny The Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny at Usher Hall for the Edinburgh International Festival.

Concert appearances include her 2013 BBC Proms debut, broadcast on BBC Radio 3, performing two of Charlotte Seither’s recent works in a Proms + Portrait. She joined Bamberger Symphoniker in February 2014 for E.T.A. Hoffmann’s Miserere. Other highlights from the concert stage include Rossini’s Petite Messe Solennelle conducted by Rolf Beck with the Schleswig-Holstein Festival Chor, Mendelssohn’s Elijah in Poland and Bach’s St John Passion conducted by Helmuth Rilling. Her other oratorio and concert repertoire includes Handel’s Dixit Dominus and Messiah, Mozart’s Requiem and Vesperae Solennes Confessore, Bach’s St Matthew Passion and Christmas Oratorio, and Vaughan Williams’ Serenade to Music.

Catriona’s other competition achievements include the Toonkunst Oratorio Prize at the 50th IVC ‘s-Hertogenbosch, and finalist at the 9th International Hilde Zadek Voice Competition in Vienna.