Rising star Sophie Morris, interviewed in 2013 in Lucire, will release her dÃ©but album, Sophie Morris: Songs from the Stage, on October 28â€”perfectly timed for holiday gift-buying. The album features some favourite musical theatre numbers, including â€˜It Might as Well Be Springâ€™ (State Fair) and â€˜Donâ€™t Cry for Me Argentinaâ€™ (Evita), and tracks such as â€˜Nella Fantasiaâ€™ (from The Mission, by Ennio Morricone) and â€˜O Holy Nightâ€™ (Adam).
Morris, who is a classically trained soprano, is joined by Dunedin instrumentalists James Davy, Nancy Chen, Meg Davidson, Alan Starrat, John Dodd, Georgie Watts, and Alexandra Wiltshire, an established pianist and musical director.
Dr Ian Chapman, Otago University senior lecturer in contemporary music, calls Morris â€˜a groundbreakerâ€™ and a â€˜rare singer who can achieve such a high standard in both singing stylesâ€™.
Marian Poole of the Otago Daily Times, says, ‘Morris is definitely the ascendant star.â€™
Morris has recently finished playing Sandy in Grease: the Arena Spectacular Live.
Two singles are being released in the lead-up: â€˜Another Lifeâ€™ from Jason Robert Brownâ€™s The Bridges of Madison County and â€˜Love Never Diesâ€™ from Andrew Lloyd Webberâ€™s Love Never Dies. Both will be available on Itunes.
Her EP album is currently available for listening and purchase on Bandcamp at www.sophiemorrissoprano.bandcamp.com.