American 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 Don José in CARMEN.
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.


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Repertoire Concert

Beethoven Symphony no 9
Verdi Requiem

Repertoire Opera

Bizet Carmen Don Jose
Britten The Rape of Lucretia Male Chorus
Corigliano Ghosts of Versailles Begearss
Mussorgsky Boris Godunov False Dimitry
Puccini La Bohème Rodolfo
  La rondine Ruggero
  Madama Butterfly Pinkerton
  Tosca Cavaradossi
Strauss, R. Ariadne auf Naxos Bacchus
  Der Rosenkavalier Ital. Singer
Verdi La traviata Alfredo
  Macbeth MacDuff
  Nabucco Ismaele
  Rigoletto Il Duca
Wagner Der fliegende Holländer Erik


Important role debuts at the Deutsche Oper Berlin
In his second season as a member of the ensemble at the Deutsche Oper Berlin, once again, several important debuts in big productions await Robert Watson.
On September 08th he makes his debut as Erik/The Flying Dutchman alongside Martina Welschenbach as Senta in the production by Christian Spuck. (Further performance on September 22nd).
Subsequently, on October 29th and November 1st, he will be on stage as Ismaele/Nabucco under the baton of the Verdi expert, Roberto Rizzi Brignoli.
Lastly, another role debut awaits Robert Watson on February 08th. In Boleslaw Barlog‘s staging of Tosca (1969) he will be embodying Mario Cavaradossi, whose opponent, Scarpia, Samuel Youn will be singing.
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