Elizabeth Watts won the Rosenblatt Recital Song Prize at the BBC Cardiff Singer of the World competition in 2007 and the previous year the Kathleen Ferrier Award. A former BBC Radio 3 New Generation Artist, she was awarded a Borletti-Buitoni Trust Award in February 2011. Her critically acclaimed debut recording of Schubert Lieder for SONY Red Seal was followed by an equally acclaimed disc of Bach Cantatas for Harmonia Mundi and, most recently, a Hyperion recording of the songs of Richard Strauss with Roger Vignoles. Future recitals include returning to Bath Mozartfest, Concertgebouw, Amsterdam and a number of appearances at Wigmore Hall, London with pianists Simon Lepper and Roger Vignoles. Other plans this season and beyond include Zerlina Don Giovanni for the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden; Pamina Die Zauberflöte for Welsh National Opera; Handel L’Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato with the Mark Morris Dance Group in Madrid and concerts with Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra, Bachakademie Stuttgart, RIAS Kammerchor Berlin, Akademie für Alte Musik, Orquesta Sinfonica di Barcelona, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, Academy of Ancient Music and London Philharmonic Orchestra in repertoire including Mozart Mass in C Minor, Mozart Requiem, Bach St Matthew Passion, Beethoven Symphony No 9, Mahler Symphonies 2 and 4, Strauss Lieder and Vaughan Williams Sea Symphony. 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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