Elizabeth Watts

Soprano

“Elizabeth Watts characterised the terror, resignation, longing, regret and malevolence in each narrative vividly, her bright soprano gleaming with conviction.”

SCHUBERT (orch. Liszt) Songs, BBC Philharmonic / Storgards, BBC Proms 2018

Anna Picard, The Times

Elizabeth Watts won the 2007 Rosenblatt Recital Song Prize at the BBC Cardiff Singer of the World competition and the Outstanding Young Artist Award at the Cannes MIDEM Classique Awards 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.

Highlights

  • Fiordiligi Così fan tutte; Countess & Susanna Le Nozze di Figaro; Pamina Die Zauberflöte; Elvira Don Giovanni – Welsh National Opera
  • Mahler Symphony No 2 – 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
  • Elgar The Apostles – Martyn Brabbins & London Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Vaughan Williams Sea Symphony – Sakari Oramo – Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Recitals – Wigmore Hall, Amsterdam Concertgebouw, Aldeburgh Festival

Biography

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…

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.

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 CPE Bach Magnificat with the RIAS Kammerchor Berlin, which won the Gramophone Award for Best Baroque Vocal Recording.

Plans this season and beyond include Elgar The Apostles with the LPO and Martyn Brabbins; Britten Spring Symphony with the RLPO and Richard Farnes; Handel Messiah with the Handel & Haydn Society of Boston and Richard Egarr; Mendelssohn Elijah with the BBCSO and Sakari Aramo; and Mahler Symphony No 2 with the RPO and Vasily Petrenko. With the Rotterdam Philharmonic Elizabeth will sing Christmas Oratorio conducted by Nathalie Stutzmann and Beethoven Symphony No 9 with Andrew Manze. She will also return to Wigmore Hall for a solo recital with Julius Drake, and a chamber concert with the Nash Ensemble.

Recent concerts have included 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 the Rundfunk Sinfonieorchester Berlin and Nicholas Carter and also with Stockholm Philharmonic and Sakari Oramo; Mozart arias with the Bremen Philharmonic and Christian Zacharias; 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 Welsh National Opera, as well as the Countess in both Mozart’s opera and a sequel Figaro Gets A Divorce by Elena Langer; and Almirena in Handel Rinaldo for Glyndebourne on Tour.

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