Elizabeth Watts won the 2007 Rosenblatt Recital Song Prize at the BBC Cardiff Singer of the World competition and the Outstanding Young Artist Award at the Cannes MIDEM Classique Awards as well as the 2006 Kathleen Ferrier Award. She is currently an Artist in Residence at the Southbank Centre, and a former BBC Radio 3 New Generation Artist.
Elizabeth was awarded a Borletti-Buitoni Trust Award in February 2011. Her critically acclaimed debut recording of Schubert Lieder (Sony) was followed by equally acclaimed discs of Bach Cantatas (Harmonia Mundi), Strauss Lieder with Roger Vignoles (Hyperion) and most recently, Mozart arias with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra and Christian Baldini (Linn Records) and a disc of works by Alessandro Scarlatti with The English Concert and Laurence Cummings (Harmonia Mundi). Recital plans include appearances at the Concertgebouw Amsterdam with Roger Vignoles, at Musée d’Orsay, Paris with Songsmiths and several appearances at Wigmore Hall, London with Roger Vignoles, Julius Drake and Malcolm Martineau.
Other plans this season and beyond include Countess Le Nozze di Figaro for Welsh National Opera; Minerva Il Ritorno d’Ulisse in Patria with Academy of Ancient Music; Vaughan Williams Symphony No 3 with the LSO and Sir Mark Elder: a European tour of Messiah including Lisbon and Barcelona; Ligeti Le Grand Macabre with LSO and Sir Simon Rattle and Bach St John Passion with Blomstedt and the Oslo Philharmonic. Recent concerts have included Mozart Requiem with the LSO; Mass in C Minor with Akademie für Alte Musik and Daniel Reuss and with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra and Olari Elts; Brahms Requiem with the LPO and Yannick Nézet-Séguin; Bach St Matthew and St John Passions (concerts and recordings) with the Academy of Ancient Music and Richard Egarr; Beethoven Symphony No 9 and Haydn Scena di Berenice with the SCO; Mahler Symphonies 2 and 4 and Strauss Lieder with the Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra; No 2 with the LPO and Andrés Orozco-Estrada and No 4 with the LSO and Michael Tilson Thomas as well as with the Philharmonia Orchestra and Vladimir Ashkenazy; Vaughan Williams Sea Symphony with the Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra and the BBC SSO and Kurtág Kafka Fragments for Soprano and Violin with the Hebrides Ensemble, as well as performances with Bachakademie Stuttgart and Hans-Christoph Rademan and with RIAS Kammerchor, Berlin and Ottavio Dantone and Handel L’Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato with the Mark Morris Dance Group at Teatro Real, Madrid. Opera roles have included Zerlina Don Giovanni and Marzelline Fidelio for the Royal Opera, Covent Garden; Susanna Le Nozze di Figaro for Santa Fe Opera and WNO, for whom Elizabeth has also sung Pamina Die Zauberflöte and Fiordiligi Così fan tutte; Almirena in Handel Rinaldo for Glyndebourne on Tour and in concert, Josephine HMS Pinafore at the 2015 Edinburgh Festival.
Elizabeth was a chorister at Norwich Cathedral and studied archaeology at Sheffield University before studying singing at the Royal College of Music in London. From 2005- 2007 she was a member of English National Opera’s Young Singers Programme.
"The Spring season also marks the 50th anniversary of WNO touring to Bristol Hippodrome. WNO first tread the Hippodrome boards on 25 March 1968 with a fortnight of operas which, rather fittingly, included Don Giovanni."