Elizabeth Watts

Elizabeth Watts

Elizabeth Watts
Soprano

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

Genre
Classical
Biography

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. In opera Elizabeth performs with companies including The Royal Opera, Covent Garden, Welsh National Opera, Santa Fe Opera and Theater an der Wien, singing roles including Mozart's Countess and Susanna Le Nozze di Figaro, Pamina Die Zauberflöte and Zerlina Don Giovanni, Marzelline in Beethoven Fidelio and Almirena in Handel Rinaldo.

On the concert platform she sings with both modern and period orchestras including the London Symphony, London Philharmonic, BBC Symphony, Philharmonia, Netherlands Philharmonic and Scottish Chamber Orchestras, Akademie für Alte Musik, The English Concert and Academy of Ancient Music, working with conductors Michael Tilson Thomas, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Olari Elts, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Richard Egarr, Harry Bicket and Sakari Oramo singing in works such as Mahler Symphonies 2 and 4, Vaughan Williams Symphony No 3, Brahms and Mozart Requiems, Bach Passions, Haydn Creation.

In recital, Elizabeth performs regularly at Wigmore Hall, London and further afield at venues including the Concertgebouw, Amsterdam. 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.

Elizabeth was a chorister at Norwich Cathedral and studied archaeology at Sheffield University before studying singing at the Royal College of Music in London.