American tenor Robert Watson, a native of Kansas City, attended the San Francisco Conservatory, and is a graduate of Oklahoma City University. He 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.
As a Filene Young Artist at Wolf Trap Opera, Watson portrayed Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly with the National Symphony Orchestra, and the titular character in Milhaud’s Le pauvre matelot. Watson is an alumnus of the Palm Beach Opera Young artist program, where he created the role of Nissen in Moore’s Enemies, a Love Story.
He was an alumnus of Merola Opera Program and the Opera Santa Barbara Studio. Roles performed include the Male Chorus in The Rape of Lucretia and Spoletta in Tosca.
Watson received the 2015 Campbell/Santeramo award in the Opera Index competition, Third Prize in the 2016 Gerda Lissner Competition and placed second in the 2014 Irene Dalis Award. He was a recipient of a Richard F. Gold Career Grant from the Shoshana Foundation and a Catherine Filene Shouse Education Career Grant in 2014 and again in 2015. He is a two-time Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions regional finalist.
In the 2016-17 season, Watson joined the Ensemble of the Deutsche Oper Berlin where he performed a number of roles including The First Armored Man in Die Zauberflöte, Bois-Rosé in Les Huguenots…Watson also made his role debut as Don Jose in Carmen with Fort Worth Opera. More recently, he has sung with the Deutsch Oper Berlin ensemble, in roles such as Grigorij in Boris Godounov, Ismaele in Nabucco, Erik in the Flying Dutchman…
He has appeared as the tenor soloist in Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 with the Philadelphia Orchestra as well as the Kansas City Symphony, and appeared in recital at the Phillips Collection, and, more recently, at the Brandeburger Operngala.
Among his projects, one can mention Cavaradossi in Tosca in Berlin and at the Washington National Opera, Alfred in Die Fledermaus, Hoffmann in Les Contes d’Hoffmann, The Enchanted Flute, Verdi Requiem and Laca in Jenufa at the Deutsche Oper Berlin, as well as Ismaele in Nabucco in Lille, Don José in Carmen at the Opéra de Montpellier, The Prince in Rusalka and Adorno in Simon Boccanegra at the Stadttheater Klagenfurt, , Sam in Susannah at the Dallas Opera…
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