Elizabeth Watts SOPRANO

Elizabeth Watts won the Rosenblatt Recital Song Prize at the BBC Cardiff Singer of the World competition in 2007. In the same year she was awarded the Outstanding Young Artist Award at the Cannes MIDEM Classique Awards and the previous year the Kathleen Ferrier Award. She is currently an Artist in Residence at the Southbank Centre, and a former BBC Radio 3 New Generation Artist. Elizabeth was awarded a Borletti-Buitoni Trust Award in February 2011.

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Her critically acclaimed debut recording of Schubert Lieder for Sony was followed by an equally acclaimed disc of Bach Cantatas for Harmonia Mundi and a Hyperion recording of Richard Strauss Lieder with Roger Vignoles. Future recitals include returning to the Bath Mozartfest, Concertgebouw Amsterdam, a recital at The Sage, Gateshead and a number of appearances at Wigmore Hall, London with pianists Julius Drake and Roger Vignoles.

Other plans this season and beyond include Strauss Taillefer with the BBC Symphony Orchestra and Sakari Oramo at the BBC Proms; Pamina Die Zauberflöte for Welsh National Opera; Mahler Symphony No 2 with the London Philharmonic Orchestra and Jaap van Zweden; Handel Hercules on a European tour with Harry Bicket and the English Concert, including Vienna, Paris, London and Birmingham; Vaughan Williams Symphony No 3 with the Philharmonia Orchestra on a European tour including London and Bruges; Mahler Symphony No 4 on a German tour with the Hallé Orchestra and Sir Mark Elder; Beethoven Missa Solemnis with Olari Elts in Porto, Spain and Haydn Creation with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales.

Recent concerts have included Mozart Requiem with the London Symphony Orchestra; Mass in C Minor with Akademie für Alte Musik and Daniel Reuss and with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra and Olari Elts; Brahms Requiem with the LPO and Yannick Nezét-Séguin; Bach St Matthew and St John Passions (concert and recording) with the Academy of Ancient Music and Richard Egarr; Beethoven Symphony No 9 and Haydn Scena di Berenice with the SCO; Mahler Symphonies 2 and 4 and Strauss Lieder with the Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra; No 4 with the LSO and Michael Tilson Thomas and the Philharmonia Orchestra and Vladimir Ashkenazy; Vaughan Williams Sea Symphony with the Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra and the BBC SSO and Kurtág Kafka Fragments for Soprano and Violin with the Hebrides Ensemble, as well as performances with Bachakademie Stuttgart and Hans-Christoph Rademan and with RIAS Kammerchor, Berlin and Ottavio Dantone and Handel L’Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato with the Mark Morris Dance Group at Teatro Real, Madrid.

Operatic appearances have included Zerlina Don Giovanni and Marzelline Fidelio for the Royal Opera, Covent Garden; Susanna Le Nozze di Figaro for Santa Fe Opera and Welsh National Opera, for whom Elizabeth has also sung Pamina Die Zauberflöte and Fiordiligi Così fan tutte and for Glyndebourne on Tour, Almirena in Handel Rinaldo

Elizabeth was a chorister at Norwich Cathedral and studied archaeology at Sheffield University before studying singing at the Royal College of Music in London. From 2005-2007 she was a member of English National Opera’s Young Singers Programme.

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