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. Her critically acclaimed debut recording of Schubert Lieder for SONY Red Seal was followed in 2011 by an equally successful disc of Bach Cantatas for Harmonia Mundi. Plans this season and beyond include Zerlina Don Giovanni for the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden; Fiordiligi Così fan tutte for Welsh National Opera; a concert and recording CPE Bach Magnificat with the RIAS Kammerchor Berlin; Mahler Symphony No 4 with the Philharmonia Orchestra and Vladimir Ashkenazy and the Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra and Marc Albrecht; Mozart Requiem with the LSO; Haydn Scena di Berenice with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra; Stravinsky Pulcinella in Paris and Finland with Masaaki Suzuki; Bach St John and St Matthew Passions, a Vivaldi programme with The Academy of Ancient Music and Vaughan Williams Sea Symphony with both the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and Andrew Manze and Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra and Sakari Oramo, as well as return invitations to give recitals at the Concertgebouw, Amsterdam and Wigmore Hall, London. 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.
Photograph taken by Marco Borggreve
Having the support of the BBT has been invaluable. Not only have I been able to push forward my technique with lessons in Amsterdam, and artistry by seeing some of the best coaches there are, but I am also moving forward with plans for my own projects and ideas. It's an amazing feeling to know I have the Trust behind me every step of the way.
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