Richard Morrison

baritone

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About

 

Richard is an international baritone singing in opera houses and concert halls throughout Europe.

Principal opera roles include Figaro, Il barbiere di Siviglia at the Staatsoper Hannover,  Enrico, Lucia di Lammermoor at the Nationaltheater Mannheim, Stern, Anna Nicole at the Staatstheater Nürnberg and Olivier, Capriccio at the Tiroler Landeshtheater Innsbruck. He has appeared in concert at the Berliner Philharmonie, the Royal Albert Hall, the Royal Festival Hall and the Wigmore Hall, and has recordings on Deutsche Grammophon, Warner Classics and Naxos. Richard has broadcast on BBC TV & Radio and Classic FM on numerous occasions, both as a soloist and as a presenter.

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Richard is currently singing the title role, Nikola Tesla, in the world premiere production of Electric Saint, written by Stewart Copeland and Jonathan Moore, at the Deutsches Nationaltheater Weimar.

"Richard Morrison takes the role of Nikola Tesla, and he was on stage almost continuously: a huge role that he mastered with incredible stamina." Bayerischer Rundfunk

"Richard Morrison as Tesla sings with a very clearly intoned baritone and in his performance conveys Tesla’s longing, his beliefs and his doubts." Online Merker

At the Edinburgh International Festival in August '21, Richard joined Danielle de Niese, Kim Criswell, Anna-Jane Casey, Damian Humbley and Musical Director, Wayne Marshall, in the acclaimed Rodgers and Hammerstein Review, A Grand Night for Singing.

"Stylish performance, too, from cool Scots-born operatic baritone Richard Morrison."  The Scotsman

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"Richard Morrison has been, from an early age, surrounded by music and song. His father is the distinguished Scottish baritone, Peter Morrison; his mother, Irene, a former professional singer and his sister, Jackie, is an actress and singer. With such an upbringing, it is indeed appropriate that this collection should be entitled, Songs of my Home, as it contains many of the songs of his native Scotland that he would have absorbed in his family environment. Sir Walter Scott wrote, 'Breathes there the man, with soul so dead, who never to himself hath said, this is my own, my native land!' Richard Morrison may travel far in his occupation as a leading voice in opera but Corban Recordings is proud to have this young man deliver these songs and ballads to the enhancement of Scotland's musical reputation."

Alastair McDonald, Corban Recordings

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"Calling an album, Songs of my Home, immediately suggests a pedigree worth talking about and for Richard Morrison the pedigree comes in spades, as he is the son of the doyen of Scots song, Peter Morrison - 'Peter M's wee boy!', says Alastair McDonald of Corban Records, in a characteristically cheery accompanying note. In these 12 tracks, operatic star Richard goes back to his roots to deliver Scottish standards like, Dark Lochnagar, big ballads like, The Bonnie Earl O' Moray, and more than a wheen of Burns favourites. Though I say Scottish standards, there is nothing standard about this collection at all: it is a superb realisation of songs dear to every Scot, in a splendid voice and with enviable diction. A treat for Scots at home and abroad."

The Scots Magazine

Collaborating with some of the UK's finest Classical and Scottish Traditional musicians, this CD is a collection of songs inspired by Richard's lifelong love of the Island of Arran, off the West Coast of Scotland.

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"Arran is a dear place to me.  My family has close ties with the island going back generations and some of my earliest memories are of magical, happy times there. I've fostered this connection for my own sons and every year we're there during the holidays, at our house in Brodick. As I watch my sons playing on Brodick Golf Course, climbing Goat Fell or pottering around on the Lady Rhoda (our wee boat), I can almost see the childhood selves of my father and me there with them - three generations of boys, playing in the same space, separated by the passage of time.

This CD is inspired by the Island of Arran and the things I associate with being there - nature, mountains, glens, rivers, the sea; love, family, friends; memories of loved ones now departed and days gone by.  These are the themes that bind this group of songs together."

Richard Morrison

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