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'Catriona Hewitson has a lovely peaches-and-cream timbre’

David Karlin



Named as one of Opera Now’s 2022 Hot List Young Artists, Edinburgh-born soprano Catriona Hewitson won the 2018 Kathleen Ferrier Loveday Song Prize and was a Scottish Opera Emerging Artist for 2020 - 22. She is a Samling Artist and Making Music’s Philip and Dorothy Green Young Artist 2018 - 2020. Catriona is a graduate of the Royal Northern College of Music and Royal College of Music Opera Studio She attended the City of Edinburgh Music School all through her schooling and was a member of ENO Opera Works.

Whilst working as an Emerging Artist for Scottish Opera, Catriona performed Tytania in their five star production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Casilda in The Gondoliers which is on BBC iPlayer as well as Adina and Despina for Scottish Opera On Screen. She has also covered lead roles for Garsington Festival Opera as an Alvarez Young Artist, and for English Touring Opera including Sophie Werther. Other recent highlights onstage also include Mabel Pirates of Penzance at the Celebrate Voice Festival, title role of Patience in the award winning production with Charles Court Opera and multiple roles in the Lammermuir Festival Community Opera's world premier of Catriona and the Dragon. Other roles performed include Cis Albert Herring (Grange Festival); Donna Rinaldo (Glyndebourne Touring Opera); Elsbeth Fantasio (Garsington Festival Opera - Opera First Performance); Iphise Dardanus (ETO); Susanna Le nozze di Figaro, directed by Sir Thomas Allen, Tytania and Edwige in Offenbach’s Robinson Crusoe (RCMOS).

In 2022 she sang in recital with Malcolm Martineau as part of the RCS: Fridays at One series for BBC Radio 3. Earlier this year she made her home concert hall debut to great acclaim at the Usher Hall in Edinburgh performing Messiah conducted by Sir James MacMillan. Other highlights on the concert platform include performing at the Royal Albert Hall, St John's Smith Square, St Martin-in-the-Fields and touring with the Ulster Orchestra. Catriona has also performed at the Bridgewater Hall, Cadogan Hall, Queen’s Hall, Edinburgh International Festival and Lammermuir Festival. Earlier this year she won second prize in the inaugural Ashburnham English Song Awards. Catriona was a finalist in the Belvedere Singing Competition in 2022, the Maureen Lehane Vocal Awards and the 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.


Recent and upcoming performances include making her company and role debut at Waterperry Opera Festival as Micaela in Carmen and understudying Jack Lofte in Jonathan Dove’s new opera Itch for Opera Holland Park. Later this year she will be returning to Scottish Opera in their production of Daphne and Charles Court Opera for more Gilbert and Sullivan.

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