Rising star Sophie Morris, interviewed in 2013 in Lucire, will release her début album, Sophie Morris: Songs from the Stage, on October 28—perfectly timed for holiday gift-buying. The album features some favourite musical theatre numbers, including ‘It Might as Well Be Spring’ (State Fair) and ‘Don’t Cry for Me Argentina’ (Evita), and tracks such as ‘Nella Fantasia’ (from The Mission, by Ennio Morricone) and ‘O Holy Night’ (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 ‘a groundbreaker’ and a ‘rare singer who can achieve such a high standard in both singing styles’.
Marian Poole of the Otago Daily Times, says, ‘Morris is definitely the ascendant star.’
Morris has recently finished playing Sandy in Grease: the Arena Spectacular Live.
Two singles are being released in the lead-up: ‘Another Life’ from Jason Robert Brown’s The Bridges of Madison County and ‘Love Never Dies’ from Andrew Lloyd Webber’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.