Soprano

Linda Watson

Introduction

American soprano Linda Watson has appeared at many of the major opera houses of the world including Deutsche Oper Berlin, Teatro Real Madrid, Gran Teatro del Liceu, Teatro alla Scala Milan, Nederlandse Opera, Opéra national de Paris, Wiener Staatsoper, Bayreuther Festspiele and at the Metropolitan Opera, with leading conductors including Abbado, Mehta, Levine, Gergiev, Thielemann, Pappano, Gatti, Salonen and Nagano. She began her career as a mezzo-soprano in Aachen and in 1995 joined the Leipzig Opera. She sang her first soprano role, Sieglinde Die Walküre in Essen and subsequently joined the Deutsche Oper am Rhein, where she also sang Leonore, Ortrud, Kundry, Feldmarschallin, Fäberin, Ariadne and Elektra. In 2014 she was nominated for the Principal Soloist Grammy Award for her participation in Christian Thielemann’s Ring recording. Engagements this season include Ariadne and Turandot for the Deutsche Oper am Rhein, Die Amme Die Frau ohne Schatten in Hamburg and Herodias Salome at the Wiener Staatsoper.


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    03 Oct 15 STRAUSS 'Elektra'
    Hamburg Opera

    “Linda Watson, die als Elektra an den besten Häusern gastiert, hielt in der Titelpartie die Balance aus Exaltiertheit und fließendem Melos. Sie bot hochheiligen Zorn, Sarkasmus, Tücke – grundiert auf einer tiefen seelischen Verletzung. Watson hatte bis zum Schlusston Schmelz in ihrem kraftvollen, sehr geforderten Sopran”
    Hamburger Abendblatt, 5 October 2015

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    23 Jan 14 WAGNER 'Der Ring des Niebelungen'
    Deutsche Oper Berlin

    “…Linda Watson, put in a youthful and energetic performance as Brünnhilde (Die Walküre) charging about the stage like no other…”
    Tony Cooper, The Opera Critic, 23rd January 2014

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    26 Feb 13 WAGNER 'Tristan und Isolde' (excerpts)
    Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Esa Pekka Salonen

    “Linda Watson, who sang the role of Isolde, is already being hailed as a singer on par with Jessye Norman … Watson is a veteran of Bayreuth, the annual Wagner-only festival begun by the composer himself in 1876. … It is a rare thing to have the mixture of power, grace, and artistry that Wagner, who conceives of the voice more like a virtuosic instrument than anything else, requires, but Watson has all of them in spades.”
    John Lisovsky, The Chicago Maroon, 26th February 2013

Repertoire

BEETHOVEN
Fidelio Leonora
Symphony No.9

BERG
7 Frühe Lieder

BRITTEN
Gloriana

BRUCKNER
Te Deum

DURUFLÉ
Requiem

MAHLER
Kindertotenlieder
Das klagende Lied
Des Knaben Wunderhorn
Das Lied von der Erde
Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen
Rückert Lieder
Symphony No.2
Symphony
No.3

SCHOENBERG
Gurrelieder Tove

R.STRAUSS
Die Frau ohne Schatten Fäberin
Elektra Elektra
Der Rosenkavalier  Marschallin
Ariadne auf Naxos Ariadne
Vier Letzte Lieder

WAGNER
Die Walküre Brünnhilde
Siegfried Brünnhilde
Götterdämmerung Brünnhilde
Die Walküre Sieglinde
Tristan und Isolde Isolde
Lohengrin Ortrud
Parsifal Kundry
Tannhäuser Venus
Wesendonck Lieder
Loriot Ring

VERDI
Requiem