These workshops will be held in the Canterbury Secondary Schools that requested them as part of their Big Sing entry. They will be held on Thursday 17th & Friday 18th May, and facilitated by Catrin Johnsson. Their purpose is to assist Big Sing conductors and their choirs to upskill in details of training and performance, and to inspire our less experienced conductors who have expressed a desire for training. We are enormously privileged to have the guidance of a person of Catrin’s calibre.
Catrin Johnsson, mezzo-soprano, was born in Sweden and trained at the Royal College of Music in Stockholm and the Royal Academy of Music in London. Awards include the prestigious Christina Nilsson Award. Catrin has lived in London for many years and has recently moved to New Zealand. Operatic roles include the title role in The Duchess of Malfi for English National Opera, Dido Dido and Aeneas, Medoro Orlando, Cherubino Le nozze di Figaro, La Ciesca Gianni Schicchi and Dimitri Fedora for Opera Holland Park., Dorabella Così fan tutte, Carmen, Meg Page Falstaff, Hansel Hansel and Gretel, Adelberto Ottone and Idelberto Lotario (London Handel Festival), Nicklausse Les Contes d’Hoffmann, Zerlina Don Giovanni, Second Lady (NZO) and Third Lady The Magic Flute. She is also active on the concert platform in Europe, Scandinavia, UK and New Zealand. Catrin teaches voice and stagecraft at the University of Auckland, is vocal consultant for Voices NZ Chamber Choir, Auckland Chamber Choir and Auckland Choral Society, and was the 2017 National Adjudicator for the IFAC Handa Australian Singing Competition. In 2018 she was awarded an ARAM (Associate of the Royal Academy of Music) from the Royal Academy of Music in London.