Cardiff Singer 2017: ‘wildcard’ Scottish mezzo triumphs in a strong final

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Catriona Morison is the first British winner of the prestigious competition in a year in which homegrown talent shone brightly

There were some gasps on Sunday evening, when Dame Kiri Te Kanawa announced “the winner from Scotland”, and awarded the 2017 BBC Cardiff Singer of the World title to Catriona Morison. The 31-year-old mezzo soprano was already a surprise finalist – she was the judges’ choice as their wildcard entrant to compete in the final alongside the four winners of the concert rounds. She is also the first British winner of BBC Cardiff Singer of the World.

Morison is a singer of much character and real musical intelligence

​Louise ​Alder had polish, verve, styl​​e, fearlessness, personality and ​​much musical accomplishment.

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Music blog | The Guardian

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