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 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 a recipient of the 2011 Borletti-Buitoni Trust Award.
In opera Elizabeth performs with the leading international companies 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 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 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 with pianists Simon Lepper, Roger Vignoles and Julius Drake. 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.
Photographs by Marco Borggreve
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- Support for a recording of Scarlatti Arias with The English Concert for Harmonia Mundi