Biography

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, performing roles such as 1st Armoured Man/DIE ZAUBERFLÖTE, Bois-Rosé and Valet/DIE HUGENOTTEN, Grigorij Otrepjew/BORIS GODUNOV, and Ismaele/NABUCCO. In addition, he made his role debut as Don Jose/CARMEN at the Fort Worth Opera.
 
In season 2017/18 Watson will make his debut at the DOB as Erik/DER FLIEGENDE HOLLÄNDER as well as Cavaradossi/TOSCA. Moreover, he has been engaged by Lille as Ismaele in NABUCCO and by Montepellier and Washington as Cavaradossi in TOSCA.
 
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.

Management

Germany, Austria and German Switzerland

Artist Manager
 
 
 
 
Natascha van Randenborgh
Associate Director
natascha@orlob.net 
Mobil: +49-173-7 76 88 20

Repertoire

Repertoire Concert

Beethoven Symphony no 9
Verdi Requiem
 

Repertoire Opera

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 Godunov 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. Singer
Tchaikovsky Eugene Onegin Lenski
Verdi La traviata Alfredo
  Macbeth MacDuff
  Nabucco Ismaele
  Rigoletto Il Duca
  Un ballo in maschera Gustavo
  Don Carlo Don Carlo
  Simon Boccanegra Gabriele Ardono
Wagner Der fliegende Holländer Erik

News

Many kinds of characters at the Deutsche Oper Berlin, return to Washington and welcome to the
General Management!
Robert Watson – Many kinds of characters at the Deutsche Oper Berlin and return to Washington 
We are very pleased to assume the General Management for Robert Watson and are looking forward to a good cooperation! 
Following his ecstatic as well as vocally and dramatically convincing role debut as Hoffmann at the Deutsche Oper Berlin, Robert Watson is expecting versatile roles at this traditional house: From Cavaradossi in Tosca (January 19/24) via Grigorij together with Sir Bryn Terfel embodying the title role of Boris Godunov (January 31; February 03; March 06/09) and Don José in Carmen (February 09/17/21), up to Narraboth in Claus Guth’s staging of Salome (February 24; March 02).
Afterwards, he will go west to take on the role of Cavaradossi at the Washington National Opera under the baton of Speranza Scapucci. Performance dates: May 05/12/19​

Press

 

Rusalka / Stadttheater Klagenfurt / 06.10.18 / onlinemerker.com


"sang den Prinzen mit viel Kraft, mit schöner, sicherer Stimme" 

Rusalka / Stadttheater Klagenfurt / 18.09.18 / opera-online.com


"verfügt über einen herrlich baritonal gefärbten kräftigen und höhensicheren Tenor" 

Carmen / Fort Worth Opera Festival / 23.04.17 / dallasnews.com
 

"commands a well-wrought tenor, with baritonal richness in the lower register and a fine blaze on top" 

Carmen / Fort Worth Opera Festival / 23.04.17 / star-telegram.com


"created the most effective final scene" 
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