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'Dunedin's Glenroy auditorium was filled with family, friends and fans recently when soprano Sophie Morris gave her biggest gig to date. Sophie, a University of Otago voice graduate who has studied both classical and contemporary techniques, is working hard to establish a career in popular music. Two sell-out nights of 'Sophie Goes to Broadway” earlier this year were definitely a good start, and a debut album has just been released. After an introduction from MC Dr Ian Chapman, Sophie came onstage to introduce her pianist and Musical Director, Alexandra Wiltshire, then compered the evening, introducing musicians and songs with a friendly “girl you know well” style, complemented by beautiful blonde tresses and stunning dresses. One of Puccini's most famous arias, O mio Babbino Caro, and On My Lips Every Kiss is Like Wine by Lehar opened the programme, then about a dozen commercial and popular music theatre favourites were received with long resounding applause and a final standing ovation. Some highlights were a very sincere rendering of Don't Cry For Me Argentina, Love Never Dies with effective string accompaniment and Time to Say Goodbye. Humour came with Oh Henry!, a contemporary song about infatuation with a candy bar. Wiltshire is well known for her pianistic, arranging and conducting skills. Her accompaniment for O Holy Night was outstanding and, directed well-balanced backings which were diverse and individually appropriate for the various styles. Dancers Megan Williams and Kane Welsh added visual aspect and vocalists Ben Madden and Lani Alo joined Sophie in duets for The Prayer (Madden) and Falling Slowly (Alo)'
Newshub interviews Sophie Morris on a national tour with The Ten Tenors.
Sophie Morris catches up with Damian Newall on The Breeze and sings 'Songbird' live on air.
The guests bought tickets to the event and all of the $11,000 raised will go towards shortening the centre’s six-week waiting list for families in need of support. Singer Sophie Morris donated her time and voice to sing in what's arguably one of New Zealand’s most picturesque spots.
Otago Daily Times
Finding Her Own Voice
Performing Gretl in The Sound of Music ignited Sophie Morris’s love of singing. She tells Rebecca Fox about juggling her love of show tunes with opera.