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.Elizabeth Watts"
Elizabeth Watts won the 2006 Kathleen Ferrier Award, the Rosenblatt Recital Song Prize at the 2007 BBC Cardiff Singer of the World competition and the same year, the Outstanding Young Artist Award at the Cannes MIDEM Classique Awards. She is a recipient of the 2011 Borletti-Buitoni Trust Award.
Elizabeth performs with the leading opera houses including The Royal Opera Covent Garden, Welsh National Opera, Santa Fe Opera and Wiener Festwochen at Theater an der Wien, singing roles including Mozart’s Countess and Susanna in Le Nozze di Figaro, Pamina in Die Zauberflöte and Zerlina in Don Giovanni, Marzelline in Beethoven's Fidelio and Almirena in Handel's Rinaldo.
In concert she sings with 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 works such as Mahler's Symphonies 2 and 4, Vaughan Williams' Symphony No 3, Brahms' and Mozart's Requiems, Bach Passions and Haydn's Creation.
In recital Elizabeth performs regularly at Wigmore Hall, London and further afield including the Concertgebouw, Amsterdam and Musée d’Orsay, Paris with pianists Simon Lepper, Roger Vignoles, Julius Drake and Malcolm Martineau.
Critically acclaimed recordings include: Schubert Lieder (Sony), Bach Cantatas (Harmonia Mundi), Richard Strauss Lieder with Roger Vignoles (Hyperion) and, most recently, Mozart Arias with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra (Linn) and a Scarlatti CD - Con eco d'amore, supported by BBT - with The English Concert and Laurence Cummings (Harmonia Mundi).
Elizabeth was a chorister at Norwich Cathedral and studied archaeology at Sheffield University before studying singing at the Royal College of Music in London.
Photographs by Marco Borggreve
- Purchase of copyright of publicity photos
- Support for a recording of Scarlatti Arias (Con eco d'amore) with The English Concert for Harmonia Mundi
Elizabeth Watts sings Scarlatti Senior: Con eco d’amore
Alessandro Scarlatti: Se geloso è il mio core from Endimione e Cintia
Alessandro Scarlatti: A questo nuovo affanno from Eraclea
Alessandro Scarlatti: Figlio! Tiranno! O Dio! from GriseldaWith a steely zeal to repatriate a neglected composer (especially one with a more-famous son) soprano Elizabeth Watts and conductor Laurence Cummings have scoured the prolific output of Alessandro Scarlatti – some 600 cantatas, 30 oratorios and more than 100 operas – for this new recording of scintillating arias. With excerpts from three cantatas and serenatas apiece as well as six operas, Con eco d’amore on Harmonia Mundi has been receiving rave reviews: read here.
Elizabeth Watts soprano
Mark Bennett trumpet
Huw Daniel violin
The English Concert
Laurence Cummings director & harpsichord
HMU 807574 | harmoniamundi.com
Supported by Borletti-Buitoni Trust