Elizabeth Watts

Elizabeth Watts won the Rosenblatt Recital Song Prize at the BBC Cardiff Singer of the World competition in 2007. In the same year she was awarded the Outstanding Young Artist Award at the Cannes MIDEM Classique Awards and the previous year the Kathleen Ferrier Award. She is currently an Artist in Residence at the Southbank Centre, and a former BBC Radio 3 New Generation Artist. Her critically acclaimed debut recording of Schubert Lieder for SONY Red Seal will be followed in 2011 by a disc of Bach Cantatas for Harmonia Mundi, with whom she has an exclusive contract.

Current and future plans include Marzelline Fidelio for the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden and Kirill Petrenko; Susanna Le Nozze di Figaro and Pamina Die Zauberflöte for Welsh National Opera, and Alminera Rinaldo for Glyndebourne on Tour.

Operatic appearances have included Susanna Le Nozze di Figaro for Santa Fe Opera and WNO; Purcell King Arthur in Berkeley California and Handel’s L’Allegro Il Penseroso ed Il Moderato in London, both with the Mark Morris Dance Group, and Mandane in Thomas Arne’s Artaxerxes at the Linbury Studio/Royal Opera House which prompted Richard Morrisson to write in the Times “But the pick of the bunch is Elizabeth Watts, who musters buckets of passion and thrilling coloratura as Xerxes’s anguished daughter Mandane”.

As a recitalist Elizabeth has performed at the UK’s leading venues including Wigmore Hall, and the Purcell Room, London, Bridgewater Hall, Manchester and at the Aldeburgh and Cheltenham Festivals and future plans include returning to the Wigmore Hall and her debut recital at the Concertgebouw, Amsterdam.

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, where she appeared as Papagena Die Zauberflöte, Barbarina Figaro, Music and Hope in Monteverdi L’Orfeo and in Purcell King Arthur.

  • The Huddersfield Choral Society continue their esteemed relationship with Signum Records with arguably the best-loved musical work of all time Messiah, more than two and a half centuries on from that celebrated first performance in Dublin’s New Music Hall in April 1742.

    Huddersfield Choral Society has come to be known as one of the top choral societies in the UK. A recent review of Messiah in concert reads:

    “Conducted by Jane Glover, it moved at the brisk pace that we now expect... The singers of the Choral Society continue to demonstrate that, trained by chorus master Joseph Cullen, they have the technical ability to resolve the dichotomy of being a large choir, equipped for monumental, Victorian oratorio performances, yet must sing with the rhythmic responsiveness, the clarity and the lightness of touch, that has become the norm. The orchestra was the Northern Sinfonia; and it is hard to believe that – apart from specialist baroque ensembles – there is a band which is better equipped to accompany current Messiah performances.”  Huddersfield Examiner