American tenor Robert Watson, a native of Kansas City, made his professional debut as a Noble in Wagner’s Lohengrin with San Francisco Opera. The following season, he returned to SFO to create the role of Henry Cox in the world premiere of Picker’s Dolores Claiborne.
Watson has been a two-time Filene Young Artist at Wolf Trap Opera. He performed a multitude of roles including: Lieutenant B.F. Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly with the National Symphony Orchestra, Begearss in Corigliano’s The Ghosts of Versailles, the titular character in Milhaud’s Le pauvre Matelot, as well as Remendado/Carmen. As a soloist, he sang in Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 with the Philadelphia Orchestra and performed in recital at The Phillips Collection in Washington, DC. He is an alumnus of the Merola Opera Program at San Francisco Opera, the Opera Santa Barbara Studio, the Palm Beach Opera Benenson Young Artist Program, and the Dolora Zajick Institute for Young Dramatic Voices. He has performed as Nika Magadoff in Menotti’s The Consul with Opera Santa Barbara, and The Male Chorus in The Rape of Lucretia with Merola Opera. At Palm Beach Opera, Watson created the role of Nissen in Moore’s Enemies, a Love Story.
In season 2016/17 he changed to Bismarckstraße as a scholarship holder of the sponsoring society at Deutsche Oper Berlin. Since then he performed roles such as Erik/Der fliegende Holländer, Cavaradossi/Tosca, 1st Armoured Man/Die Zauberflöte, Bois-Rosé and Valet/Die Hugenotten, Grigorij Otrepjew/Boris Godunov, and Ismaele/Nabucco. In addition, he took over the role of Don José/Carmen at the Opéra National de Montpellier and the Fort Worth Opera as well as Ismaele/Nabucco at Opéra de Lille.
In season 2018/19 Watson will take over numerous roles at Deutsche Oper Berlin, such as the title role in Les contes d’Hoffmann, Einsam in Achim Freyers staging of Verdi’s Messa da Requiem, Alfred/Die Fledermaus, Don José/Carmen, Grigorij Otrepjev/Boris Godunov and Narraboth/Salome. In addition, he will perform the roles of Prince/Rusalka at Stadttheater Klagenfurt, Don José/Carmen at San Diego Opera as well as Cavaradossi/Tosca at Washington National Opera and Tambourmajor/Wozzeck at Des Moines Metro Opera.
As a concert singer, he could often be heard as the tenor soloist in Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9, most recently with Kansas Symphony Orchestra. In the near future he will also be adding Verdi’s Requiem to his repertoire.
Robert Watson has won numerous singing competitions, including the Campbell/Santeramo Award at the Opera Index Competition 2015, third prize at the Gerda Lissner Competition 2016, as well as second prize at the Irene Dalis Award 2014. He was a two-time Richard F. Gold scholarship holder of the Shoshana Foundation, a grantee of the Catherine Filene Shouse Education and two-time finalist at the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions. He attended the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and is a graduate of Oklahoma City University Bass School of Music.

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Repertoire Konzert

Beethoven 9. Sinfonie
Verdi Requiem

Repertoire Oper

Bizet Carmen Don Jose
Britten The Rape of Lucretia Male Chorus
  Peter Grimes Peter Grimes
  Billy Budd Captain Vere
Corigliano Ghosts of Versailles Begearss
Janacek Jenufa Laca
Massenet Werther Werther
Mussorgsky Boris Godunow False Dimitry
Offenbach Les Contes d'Hoffmann Hoffmann
Puccini La Bohème Rodolfo
  La rondine Ruggero
  Madama Butterfly Pinkerton
  Tosca Cavaradossi
  Il Tabarro Luigi
Strauss, J. Die Fledermaus Alfred
Strauss, R. Ariadne auf Naxos Bacchus
  Der Rosenkavalier Ital. Sänger
Tschaikowski Eugen Onegin Lenski
Verdi La traviata Alfredo
  Macbeth MacDuff
  Nabucco Ismaele
  Rigoletto Il Duca
  Don Carlo Don Carlo
  Un ballo in maschera Gustavo
  Simon Boccanegra Gabriele Ardono
Wagner Der fliegende Holländer Erik
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