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Anita Watson

Soprano

Management: Australasia

Website: www.anitawatson.net

The Magic Flute, Welsh National Opera
“..Watson sang with a lovely crystalline lyricism, the sound never forced and always fresh….her pianissimo was exquisite. ‘Ach, ich fühl’s’ was replete with tender sadness:”.
Claire Seymour, Opera Today , March 2015

The Turn of the Screw,
Theatre du Capitole
"...Anita Watson is marvellous in the role of the Governess.    She clearly expresses the evolution of the mixture of doubt and excitement and bliss to the dread and despondency, so many different states which pass in the amplitude of her voice and in her acting,until she resumes and lets die in a breath the cantilena of Miles".
Maurice Salles, Forum Opera, 25 November 2014

Don Giovanni, Scottish Opera
"...
The best singing comes from Anita Watson’s Anna – A sincere and refined performance".
The Financial Times Opera Magazine, October 2013

“Her voice is exquisite, especially in the pianissimo phrases.”
Opera Now, November 2013

The Turn of the Screw, Teatro La Fenice
Her free, generous use of a blessedly fresh, full, unforced lyric soprano promises much for the future.”
Max Loppert, Opera, October 2010

ARD International Music Competition
“This maturity was also revealed by Anita Watson, whose soprano voice possesses an overwhelming beautiful,  shimmering timbre which is technically as well as musically capable of anything”
Klaus Kalchschmid, Suddeutsche Zeitung, September 2009

After completing a Bachelor of Music from the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, Australian soprano Anita Watson graduated with honours from the Australian Opera Studio.  She was a member of the Cologne Opera Studio 2006-7 and the Jette Parker Young Artist Programme at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden from 2007-9. 

Anita has won prizes in many prestigious competitions amongst them the Australian Singing Competition, the Queen Sonja International Music Competition in Oslo, Neue Stimmen in Germany and the Plácido Domingo Operalia Competition. She was awarded the 1st prize and the audience award at the international ARD Music Competition in Munich in 2009, and the SWR Emmerich-Smola Prize in 2010. 

As a Jette Parker Young Artist at the Royal Opera House her roles included the title role in Donizetti's Rita, Gretel and Dew Fairy (Hänsel und Gretel), Flowermaiden (Parsifal), First Lady (Die Zauberflöte), Naiad (Ariadne auf Naxos) and Second Woman (Dido and Aeneas). While at the ROH, she also understudied Contessa (Le Nozze di Figaro), Donna Anna (Don Giovanni) and Mimì (La Bohème).  Other roles have included the title role in Handel's Xerxes, Cleopatra (Giulio Cesare), Lucia (The Rape of Lucretia), Pedro (Don Quichotte), Susanna (Le Nozze di Figaro), Micaëla (Carmen), Governess (Turn of the Screw), Barena (Jenůfa), Ann Putnam (The Crucible), and Alice Ford (Falstaff). 

Anita has appeared worldwide in concerts, recitals and broadcasts. Her concert repertoire includes Carmina Burana, Verdi’s Requiem, Mozart’s Requiem and Vesperae Solennes de Confessore, Tippet’s A Child of our Time, Fauré’s Requiem, Handel's Messiah, Gounod's Redemption, Poulenc’s Gloria, Howell’s Hymnus Paradisi, Mendelssohn’s Elijah and the Brahms Requiem. She has also performed Strauss’ Vier letzte Lieder with the Mariinsky Orchestra in St Petersburg and the Rheinische Philharmonie in Koblenz, Mahler’s 8th Symphony with Sir Mark Elder and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 with the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia under Antonio Pappano, and with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra.

Further career highlights to date include her debut at the Salzburg Festival as Fifth Maid in Elektra, Mimì (La Bohème) for the National Reiseoper in Netherlands and Opera North, a return to the Teatro la Fenice for Donna Anna (Don Giovanni) and her debuts for both Opera Australia and Scottish Opera as Donna Anna, First Lady (Die Zauberflöte) for the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, Flowermaiden (Parsifal) at the BBC Proms with Sir Mark Elder, and Governess in Toulouse and at Teatro La Fenice. 

Recent operatic engagements include Pamina for Welsh National Opera, Anne Trulove (The Rake’s Progress) in Santiago de Chile and Fiordiligi (Cosi fan tutte) with Diva Opera on tour in the UK and France as well as the Royal Opera House’s Japan tour. On the concert platform Anita’s recent performances include Beethoven’s Mass in C and Symphony No. 9, Mozart’s Requiem, Mass in C Minor and Vesperae Solennes de Confessore, Haydn Harmony Mass, Handel Messiah and a Viennese New Year Concert with The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra at the Barbican.

In 2017 Anita returns to the Reisopera in the Netherlands in the role of Donna Anna in Don Giovanni and her concert appearances will include Haydn’s Nelson Mass.

Anita Watson is managed by Graham Pushee: graham@artsmanagement.com.au
March 2017
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