Catia Moreso - mezzo soprano
Considered by reviews with a "refined and browsed low register with resonant and powerful high notes" the Portuguese mezzo-soprano Cátia Moreso future plans for 2018/19, Opening season’s concert at TNSC The Child of our Time by Tippett, Berlioz’s L’enfance du Christ (TNSC), Beethoven’s 9th Symphony with Orquestra Gulbenkian. Opera roles of Severa in Opera do Malandro of Nuno Côrte-Real, Lucia in La Gaza ladra de Rossini (TNSC), Emilia’s in Verdi’s Otello at Días da Música (CCB). Clori in A ninfa do Tejo by A. Scarlatti with Orquestra Metropolitana de Lisboa. Mendelssohn’s Midsummers Night Dream with Orquestra Gulbenkian. Palmeri’s Misa Tango with Coro Sinfónico de Portugal. Bacalov’s Misa Tango in Viana.
Cátia first studied Interior Design at IADE (Lisbon), before undertaking vocal studies at the Lisbon Conservatoire. She then trained at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama (GSMD) where she obtained a BMus and Masters Degree (Opera Course) and at the National Opera Studio were she studied with Susan Waters.
Winner of the first prize in the second edition of Fundação Rotária Portuguesa Singing Competition, the newcomer prize in the Luisa Todi Singing Competition, and first prize in Prémio José Augusto Alegria, in Portugal. Cátia received the Aria friends bursary in 2013 at Wexford Opera Festival.
Operatic roles include 3rd Magd in Elektra, La ciesca in Gianni Schicchi at CCB, Dorabella in Cosi fan tutte at Gulbenkian Foundation, Jocasta in Oedipus Rex, Suzuki in Madame Butterfly, La baronesa in Lidane y Dalmiro (TNSC), Ježibaba and 3rd Nymph in Rusalka in Valladolid, Dona Mor in O cavaleiro das mãos action all São by Ruy Coelho, Mother Goose the The Rake's Progress, Tisbe La Cenerentola, Eva in Comedy on the Bridge, Second Witch and Spirit in Dido and Aeneas, Page in Salome, Clotilde in Norma (TNSC), Maddalena and Giovanna in Rigoletto, Mezzo in trio vocal of Lady Sarashina by Péter Eötvös, Giano in Almeida’s Trionfo D’Amore (Músicos do Tejo, Lisboa), 3rd Woman Farmer Village Romeo and Juliet by Delius, 3rd Lady in The Magic Flute, Hanna Wilson/Tracy in Losers by Richard Wargo (Wexford Festival), La Baronne in Cherubin by Massenet, Elisa and Dianora in Almeida’s La Spinalba, Madame de Croissy in Les dialogues des Carmelites (GSMD), Proserpina in Oliver’s Euridice (BYO), the cover title role Zanetto (Opera Holland Park), Carmella in La vida breve with Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos (Tanglewood Festival), Marcellina in Le nozze di Figaro (Gulbenkian Foundation, Lisbon), the Cover of Mère Jeanne in Les dialogues des Carmelites and Gertrude in Fortunio by Messager (GPO). Other roles performed include Mrs. Quickly in Falstaff, the title role Carmen, Santuzza Cavalleria Rusticana (Woodhouse, UK), Eboli Don Carlo , la Cieca in La Gioconda in Valladolid, Tulipa in Nuno Côrte-Real's O Rapaz de Bronze, Mother in Johnathan Dove's The Monster in the Maze at Gulbenkian.
On the concert platform, performances have included Duruflé and Mozart’s Requiem, Haydn’s Nelson Mass, Vivaldi’s Gloria and Magnificat, Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater and Magnificat, Bach’s Magnificat, Christmas Oratorio in Casa da Musica (Porto) and Easter Oratorio. Rossini’s Stabat Mater and Petite Messe Solennelle, Bruckner’s Mass No. 3 (Gulbenkian with Philipe Herreweghe) and the Te Deum, Verdi’s Requiem (Clonter Opera), 2nd harlot Solomon at the (Gulbenkian Foundation, Lisbon), St. Paul by Mendelssohn, Bomtempo's Requiem. Zelenka's and Händel's Te Deum (Gulbenkian Foundation, Lisbon). Beethoven's 9th Symphony, Oratorium in Festo Ascensionis: Lobet Gott in seinen Reichen BWV11, Elias de Mendelssohn, Bach's Sr. Johns Passion, Falla's Amor Brujo with Camerata Atlântica.
Cátia also enjoys singing contemporary music, and has performed the world première of Cristopher Bochmann’s Cicero Dixit, Ligeti’s Aventures and Berio’s Folksongs. A world première of Daniel Moreira's Opera Cai uma rosa.
Recordings include Dianora La Spinalba (Naxos) and Il Trionfo D'Amore by Almeida with Músicos
do Tejo, and Fernando Lopes Graça’s Hungarian Songs by Naxos.