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Watts, Elizabeth (soprano)
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Elizabeth Watts (soprano)

Elizabeth Watts 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.

A prolific recording artist, her discography includes critically acclaimed albums of lieder by Schubert and Strauss, Bach cantatas, Mozart arias with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, works by Alessandro Scarlatti with The English Concert, Couperin’s Leçons de ténèbres with La Nuova Musica, and C P E Bach’s Magnificat with the RIAS Kammerchor, which won the Gramophone Award for Best Baroque Vocal Recording.

In concert she sings with orchestras including the London Symphony, London Philharmonic, BBC Symphony, Philharmonia, Netherlands Philharmonic, Rotterdam Philharmonic and Scottish Chamber orchestras, as well as the Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin and the Academy of Ancient Music, working with conductors Sir Simon Rattle, Sir Mark Elder, Marin Alsop, Nathalie Stutzmann, Richard Egarr and Sakari Oramo. Her wide-ranging repertoire includes Mahler's Symphonies Nos 2 and 4, Brahms’s German Requiem, Bach’s Passions, and Ligeti’s Le grand macabre.

In recital Elizabeth performs regularly at London’s Wigmore Hall, and further afield at venues such as the Royal Concertgebouw, Amsterdam, and the Musée d’Orsay, Paris. Her regular appearances at the BBC Proms have included Schubert songs with the BBC Philharmonic and John Storgårds, Ravel’s L’enfant et les sortilèges with the LSO and Rattle, and Beethoven arias with the NDR Radiophilharmonie and Andrew Manze.

Opera roles have included Zerlina and Donna Elvira (Don Giovanni), Marzelline (Fidelio), Susanna (Le nozze di Figaro), Pamina (Die Zauberflöte), Fiordiligi (Così fan tutte), the Countess in both Mozart’s opera and Elena Langer’s sequel Figaro gets a divorce, and Almirena (Rinaldo). In concert she has performed the roles of Josephine (HMS Pinafore) at the 2015 Edinburgh Festival, and Minerva (Il ritorno d’Ulisse in patria) with the AAM.

Elizabeth 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 Classical 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 2011.


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