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
BBC Symphony Orcehstra conducted by Martyn Brabbins. By kind permission of Hyperion Records, 2017
“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; 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.
Highlights this season and beyond include recitals at the Wigmore Hall and Oxford Lieder Festival; Brahms Ein deutsches Requiem with Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra and Nathalie Stutzmann; Mozart concert arias with Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, Bach St Matthew Passion with Antwerp Symphony Orchestra and Mendelssohn Elijah with Orquesta Sinfónica de Galicia, all with Richard Egarr; a performance with live film of the Vaughan Williams Scott of the Antarctic score at the Barbican as well as a recording of the closely related Sinfonia Antarctica with BBC Symphony Orchestra under Martyn Brabbins; Poulenc Gloria with the Residentie Orkest and Jun Märkl; Mahler songs and Beethoven Symphony No 9 with Sir Andrew Davis and Mahler Symphony No 2 with Vasily Petrenko, both with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.
Recent concerts have included Mahler Symphony No 4 with the London Philharmonic Orchestra and Robin Ticciati at Glyndebourne and with the Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra; appearances with The English Concert at Wigmore Hall and the Buxton Festival; recitals at the Edinburgh International Festival; Gluck Iphigénie en Tauride with Orquesta y Coro Nacionales de España with Nathalie Stutzmann; Elgar The Apostles with the LPO and Martyn Brabbins; Mendelssohn Elijah with the BBC Symphony Orchestra and Sakari Oramo; Britten Spring Symphony with the London Symphony Orchestra and Sir Simon Rattle; Rossini Petite messe solennelle with the LPO and Gustavo Gimeno; Vaughan Williams A Sea Symphony with both the Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin and the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra and Ligeti Le Grand Macabre with both the NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchester and Alan Gilbert and the LSO and Simon Rattle.
Highlights of Elizabeth’s many appearances at the BBC Proms include Mahler Symphony No 2 with the BBCSO and Sakari Oramo; Ravel L’enfant et les sortilèges with the LSO and Simon Rattle; Schubert songs with the BBC Philharmonic and John Storgårds and Beethoven arias with the NDR Radio Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Andrew Manze.
Opera roles have included Countess Le nozze di Figaro, Donna Elvira Don Giovanni and Fiordiligi Così fan tutte for Welsh National Opera, Almirena in Handel Rinaldo for Glyndebourne; Marzelline Fidelio for the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden; and most recently Countess Le nozze di Figaro for English National Opera.
Elizabeth 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.