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Morag, Catrin, and Rachel all studied together at the Royal Academy of Music in London, and have performed in NZ and internationally as soloists. Recital repertoire is at the heart of their music-making: from the sublime to the ridiculous, this vocal duo with piano aim to ensure that the art of the vocal recital is an integral part of 21st Century music.
Morag Atchison has firmly established herself as one of New Zealand’s leading sopranos. She studied at the University of Auckland and Royal Academy of Music (London), was a Kathleen Ferrier finalist, the winner of the Madeline Finden Award, the Michael Head Prize, the Blyth-Buesst Opera Prize, and was a prize-winner in the Royal Over-Seas League Competition. She has had many operatic roles, working with NZ Opera; NZSO, APO; English Touring Opera; NZ Youth Choir and NZSO National Youth Orchestra and Sir David Willcocks. She is a frequent soloist with NZ’s major choral societies, and is regularly heard on Radio NZ in concert and recital. Morag also sings with the highly acclaimed national chamber choir, Voices NZ.
Catrin Johnsson was born in Sweden and trained at the Royal University College of Music, Stockholm and the Royal Academy of Music, London. She has furthered her studies with Jacqueline Bremar and David Harper. Awards include the Christina Nilsson Award, Elena Gerhardt Lieder Prize, Flora Nielsen Prize, Michael Head Prize, Katie Thomas Prize, and the Minnie Hauk Prize. Her operatic roles include the title role in The Duchess of Malfi for English National Opera, Medoro in Handel’s Orlando for the Åmot Opera Festival in Norway, and various roles for Opera Holland Park and the London Handel Festival. Catrin is active on the concert platform with performances at the Queen Elizabeth Hall, Purcell Room and St John's, Smith Square in London.
Rachel Fuller studied at the University of Canterbury with Diedre Irons; and went on to gain her Masters in Piano Accompaniment from the Royal Academy of Music. As an experienced vocal accompanist, répétiteur and coach, Rachel has most recently worked at The Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, (Linbury Studio), as well as Opera Kristiansund and Opera Nordfjord in Norway, and has worked with British opera companies Diva Opera, Opera della Luna and London Opera Players. She has been a regular accompanist for the Kiri Te Kanawa Foundation and is a guest accompanist for the New Zealand National Singing School.
Performed in Whangarei and Kaitaia
John Ireland | Song Selections
Michael Head | Songs from Songs of the Countryside
Douglas Lilburn | Three Songs
Edvard Greig | Songs from Haugtussa, op.67
Brahms | Songs from Four Duets, Op.61
John Greer | Songs from A Sarah Binks Songbook
Schönberg | Brettl-Lieder (Cabaret Songs)
Brahms | remaining songs from Four Duets, Op.61