BiographyAmerican 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.
ManagementGermany, Austria and German Switzerland
Natascha van Randenborgh
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|Beethoven||Symphony no 9|
|Britten||The Rape of Lucretia||Male Chorus|
|Peter Grimes||Peter Grimes|
|Billy Budd||Captain Vere|
|Corigliano||Ghosts of Versailles||Begearss|
|Mussorgsky||Boris Godunov||False Dimitry|
|Offenbach||Les Contes d'Hoffmann||Hoffmann|
|Strauss, J.||Die Fledermaus||Alfred|
|Strauss, R.||Ariadne auf Naxos||Bacchus|
|Der Rosenkavalier||Ital. Singer|
|Un ballo in maschera||Gustavo|
|Don Carlo||Don Carlo|
|Simon Boccanegra||Gabriele Ardono|
|Wagner||Der fliegende Holländer||Erik|
Season highlights in Berlin and WashingtonWith the beginning of the new season Robert Watson will, for the first time, be on stage as Prince in Rusalka, when the new production celebrates its premiere on September 13th in Klagenfurt. Staged by Eva-Marie Höckmayr and conducted by Nicholas Carter, also Ursula Hesse von den Steinen is part of the production, performing the roles of Foreign Princess/Jezibaba. Futher performance dates: September 15/18/20/22/26/28 and October 05/10/13/20.
In spring, Watson’s path leads him to his native USA where he will be making his Kennedy Center debut with Washington National Opera as Cavaradossi in Tosca as well as sing Don Jose in Carmen with Opera San Diego.
Also in this season Watson will stay true to Deutsche Oper Berlin, where he will be performing in Verdi’s Messa di Requiem, Die Fledermaus, Les contes d'Hoffmann, Boris Godunov, Carmen and Salome.