Elizabeth Watts explored new repertoire at the BBC Proms in September, singing Beethoven’s Concert Aria Ah! Perfido and Leonore’s scene and aria from Fidelio Abscheulicher!... Komm, Hoffnung, lass den letzten...MORE
At the 2019 BBC Proms Markus Stenz conducts BBC NOW in Strauss, Brostroem & Brahms, Sunnyboy Dladla sings Mozart Requiem with BBC NOW with Natalie Stutzman, Hilary Summers sings Beethoven Symphony...MORE
In May, soprano Elizabeth Watts will make her debut with NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchester and Alan Gilbert as Amanda in Ligeti’s Le Grand Macabre. Other season highlights include Britten Spring Symphony...MORE
A BBC New Generation Artist 2018-2020, British baritone James Newby’s performances and broadcasts for the BBC this season include Brahms Ein deutsches Requiem together with soprano Elizabeth Watts and the...MORE
BBC Symphony Orchestra & Sakari Oramo, live concert. By kind permission of BBC Radio 3. February 2020
London Mozart Players conducted by Jane Glover. Live broadcast by kind permission of BBC Radio 3, 2019
with BBC National Chorus and Orchestra of Wales conducted by Nathalie Stutzmann. Live broadcast by kind permission of BBC Radio 3, 2019
with BBC Symphony Orchestra, BBC Symphony Chorus, Elisabeth Kulman (soprano), conducted by Sakari Oramo. BBC Proms 2017. By kind permission of BBC Radio 3
“Elizabeth Watts characterised the terror, resignation, longing, regret and malevolence in each narrative vividly, her bright soprano gleaming with conviction.”
Elizabeth was a chorister at Norwich Cathedral and studied archaeology at Sheffield University before studying singing at the Royal College of Music in London. She was awarded an Hon DMus by Sheffield in 2013 and became a Fellow of the RCM in 2017.
- Fiordiligi Così fan tutte; Countess & Susanna Le nozze di Figaro; Pamina Die Zauberflöte; Elvira Don Giovanni – Welsh National Opera
- Countess Le nozze di Figaro – English National Opera
- Mahler Symphony No 2 – Royal Philharmonic Orchestra; London Philharmonic Orchestra; Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra; BBC Symphony Orchestra at the BBC Proms
- Ligeti Le Grand Macabre – Sir Simon Rattle & London Symphony Orchestra; Alan Gilbert & NDR Hamburg
- Vaughan Williams Sea Symphony – Sakari Oramo & Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra
- Recitals – Wigmore Hall, Amsterdam Concertgebouw, Aldeburgh Festival
She is a prolific recording artist, and her recordings include critically acclaimed discs of Lieder by Schubert and Strauss; Mozart arias with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra; works by Alessandro Scarlatti with the English Concert; and most recently, Handel Brockes Passion with the Academy of Ancient Music.
Plans this season and beyond include Mahler Symphony no. 2 with the RPO and Vasily Petrenko; Beethoven Symphony no. 9 with the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra and Andrew Manze; Handel Messiah with the Belgian National Orchestra; and Bach St Matthew Passion with the Kristiansand Symphony Orchestra. She will sing Beethoven with the Residentie Orkest, Mozart with MDR Choir Leipzig, and Gluck (Iphigenie und Tauride) with Orquesta y Coro Nacionales de Espana.
Recent concerts have included Elgar The Apostles with the LPO and Martyn Brabbins; Mendelssohn Elijah with the BBCSO and Sakari Oramo; Britten Spring Symphony with the LSO and Sir Simon Rattle; Rossini Petite Messe Solennelle with the LPO and Gustavo Gimeno; Brahms German Requiem with the OAE and Marin Alsop; Vaughan Williams Sea Symphony with both the Rundfunk Sinfonieorchester Berlin and the Stockholm Philharmonic; Mozart arias with the Bremen Philharmonic; Mahler Symphony no. 4 with the Netherlands Philharmonic and Orchestre national de Lille; and Ligeti Le Grand Macabre with both the NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchester and Alan Gilbert and the LSO and Rattle.
Of Elizabeth’s many appearances at the BBC Proms, highlights include Mahler Symphony no. 2 with the BBC Symphony Orchestra and Oramo; Ravel L’enfant et les sortilèges with the LSO and Rattle; and Schubert songs with the BBC Philharmonic and John Storgards. At the 2019 Proms she explored new repertoire, singing Beethoven’s Concert Aria Ah! Perfido and Leonore’s scene and aria Abscheulicher! from Fidelio with the NDR Radio Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Andrew Manze.
Opera roles have included Zerlina Don Giovanni and Marzelline Fidelio for the Royal Opera, Covent Garden; Susanna Le nozze di Figaro, Donna Elvira Don Giovanni, Pamina Die Zauberflöte and Fiordiligi Così fan tutte for WNO, as well as the Countess in both Mozart’s opera and a sequel Figaro Gets A Divorce by Elena Langer; Almirena in Handel Rinaldo for Glyndebourne on Tour; and Countess Le nozze di Figaro for ENO.
She won the 2007 Rosenblatt Recital Song Prize at the BBC Cardiff Singer of the World Competition as well as the 2006 Kathleen Ferrier Award. She is a former BBC Radio 3 New Generation Artist and was awarded a Borletti-Buitoni Trust Award in February 2011.This biography should not be edited without permission from Maxine Robertson Management.
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