Robert Watson

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Hailed by Opera News for his “solid, ringing tones” and The Dallas Morning Newsfor his “well-wrought tenor, with baritonalrichness in the lower register and a fine blaze on top,” American tenor Robert Watson made his professional debut with San Francisco Opera in 2012 as a Noble in Wagner’s Lohengrin. The following season, he returned to SFO to create the role of Henry Cox in the world premiere of Picker’s Dolores Claiborne.
In 2016, Mr. Watson became a member of the esteemed ensemble of Deutsche Oper Berlin where he has performed a multitude of roles including Ismaele in Nabucco, Grigorij in Boris Godunov, Bois-Rose in Les Huguenots, Cavaradossi in Tosca, Erik in Der fliegende Holländer, and the Messenger in Aïda. The 2018-2019 season sawhim as a soloist for Verdi’s Requiem, Alfred in Die Federmaus, the title role in Les contes d’Hoffman, Grigorij in Boris Godunov, Don José in Carmen, and Narraboth in Salome, all with Deutsche Oper Berlin. In addition, he made debuts as the Prince in Rusalka with Stadttheater Klagenfurt, Don José with San Diego Opera, Cavaradossi with Washington National Opera, and the Drum Major in Wozzeck with Des Moines Metro Opera.
The 2019-2020 season includes a debut with The Dallas Opera as Don Carlo and a return to Deutsche Oper Berlin for productions of Die Fledermaus, Jenufa, Les Huguenots, Carmen, Madama Butterfly, Der fliegende Holländer, and Parsifal. Recent appearances include debuts with the Opera Orchestre National Montpellier as Don José in Carmen and Opera de Lille as Ismaele in Nabucco, and Dvorak’s Requiem with the Philharmonischer Chor Siegen and Der Städtische Musikverein Hamm.
Mr. Watson was a two-time Filene Young Artist at Wolf Trap Opera where he sang Lieutenant B.F. Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly with the National Symphony Orchestra, Begearss in Corigliano’s The Ghosts of Versailles, and the titular character in Milhaud’s Le pauvre matelot. 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. Mr. Watson has appeared in concert as the tenor soloist in Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 with the Philadelphia Orchestra and the Kansas City Symphony, and inVerdi’s Requiemwith the Florence Masterwork’s Choral Society. He has performed in recital at The Phillips Collection in Washington, D.C. Mr. Watson has been awarded prizes in the Opera Index, Gerda Lissner and Irene Dalis competitions. He is a two-time recipient of a Richard F. Gold Career Grant from the Shoshana Foundationand a Catherine Filene Shouse Education Career Grant. He is a two-time Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions regional finalist. A native of Kansas City, heattended the San Francisco Conservatory of Musicand is a graduate of Oklahoma City University’s Bass School of Music.

June 2020 – for a most recent biography please contact Annette Kroll