‘Skillington's great comic timing, as she threatens those who mess with her greens (especially the beans), means she is as funny as she is frightening. It is the poignancy of her relationship with her adopted daughter that brings a lump to the throat however. ‘Our Little World', her duet with Rapunzel (songbird Sophie Morris, sweet in heavenly blue) is a highlight for me, expressing all the heartache of parents who try in vain to hold onto their children..’ - Terry McTavish, Theatreview, 2017 – from “Into the Woods - Uniformly Dazzling” - read the full review here.
‘Sophie Morris’ performances just keep on getting better. She now has an impressive voice range and stylistic range, going effortlessly from the belle canto required in Dvorak’s Rusalka’s Song to the Moon and Puccini’s O mio babbino caro to Bernstein’s soaring Somewhere, Webber’s guttural Memory and Kander and Ebb’s raunchy All That Jazz. Morris is definitely the ascendant star.’ - Marian Poole, Otago Daily Times, 2016 – from “Brass shines and voices sparkle in firmament” - read the full review here.
'In the lead roles of Sandy and Danny, Sophie Morris and Samuel Armstrong achieve a nice chemistry, forming a focal point amid a lot of stage business and winning audience sympathy. Both move well and are in very fine voice indeed - with particular stand-out moments in ‘Summer Nights' (duo), ‘Hopelessly Devoted To You' (Morris), and ‘Sandy' (Armstrong).' - Brenda Harwood, Theatre Review, 2016
'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)'. – Elizabeth Bouman, ODT Reviewer, 2016
‘Several choir items, such as Scarborough Fair and Thank You My Lord were particularly enhanced by Sophie Morris, this year’s RSA Choir Scholar … The clarity of tone and beauty of the young soprano’s voice was also stunning in her bracket of solos with pianist Tom McGrath, particularly in three songs by New Zealand composer Douglas Lilburn.’—The Otago Daily Times, December 2014
‘Sophie Morris, another emerging artist with pure clear tone, confident technique and an endearing stage manner, performed two Mozart arias and a Britten solo How Sweet the Answer.’—The Otago Daily Times, November 2014
‘Morris’ voice is remarkably rich, with good control throughout the range’—The Otago Daily Times, October 2014
‘Sophie Morris joined the choir for There is a Balm in Gilead, and a beautiful delivery of Nun’s Chorus (Strauss), where soprano obligato soared secure and true above the choral harmonies. Morris also performed impressively with a bracket of songs accompanied by Tom McGrath.’—The Otago Daily Times, December 2013
J. Reid: ‘Milford Sound echoes with opera for family centre charity’, One News, September 19, 2015 read this article and watch the video here
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.
R. Fox: ‘Finding her own voice’, The Otago Daily Times, July 16, 2015 read this article here
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.