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 the San Francisco Opera 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, and since 2018/19 he is a regular member of the Ensemble. Since then, he is  performing roles such as Erik/Der fliegende Holländer, Cavaradossi/Tosca, the title role of The Tales of Hoffmann, Don José/Carmen, 1st Armoured Man/Die Zauberflöte, Bois-Rosé/Les Huguenots, Grigorij Otrepjew/Boris Godunov, Narraboth/Salome, as well as Ismaele/Nabucco, and Alfred/Die Fledermaus.

Upcoming engagements include i.a. Froh in the new production of Das Rheingold (staged by Stefan Herheim) under the baton of Donald Runnicles, Erik/Der fliegende Holländer, Don José/Carmen, Alfred/Die Fledermaus, Ismaele/Nabucco, 1st Armoured Man/Die Zauberflöte, Bois-Rosé/Les Huguenots,  and Laca/Jenufa. Furthermore, he will take on the title role of Don Carlo at the Dallas Opera, Gabriele Adorno in the new production of Simon Boccanegra at Stadttheater Klagenfurt, as well as Tenor/Bacchus in Ariadne auf Naxos at the Opéra National de Montpellier.
As a concert singer, he could often be heard as the tenor soloist in Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 and Verdi’s Messa da Requiem.
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
  Peter Grimes Peter Grimes
  Billy Budd Captain Vere
Corigliano Ghosts of Versailles Begearss
Janacek Jenufa Laca
Massenet Werther Werther
Mussorgsky Boris Godunov False Dimitry
Offenbach Les Contes d'Hoffmann Hoffmann
Puccini La Bohème Rodolfo
  La rondine Ruggero
  Madama Butterfly Pinkerton
  Tosca Cavaradossi
  Il Tabarro Luigi
Strauss, J.  Die Fledermaus Alfred
Strauss, R. Ariadne auf Naxos Bacchus
  Der Rosenkavalier Ital. Singer
Tchaikovsky Eugene Onegin Lenski
Verdi La traviata Alfredo
  Macbeth MacDuff
  Nabucco Ismaele
  Rigoletto Il Duca
  Un ballo in maschera Gustavo
  Don Carlo Don Carlo
  Simon Boccanegra Gabriele Ardono
Wagner Der fliegende Holländer Erik


Role debut in Klagenfurt
In Philipp Himmelmann’s new production of Verdi’s Simon Boccanegra at Stadttheater Klagenfurt, Robert Watson will sing the role of Gabriele Adorno for the first time. The coproduction between the Opéra de Dijon and the Opéra de Rouen Haute-Normandie will be led by Nicholas Carter and will be premiered on October 31 (7:30 PM). Further performances: November 2/5/7/9/12/14/16/20/22/22/24/29



Simon Boccanegra / Stadttheater Klagenfurt / 02.11.19 /

"singt den Gabriele Adorno mit viel Schmelz und schönen, ungefährdeten Höhen" 

Les contes d'Hoffmann / Deutsche Oper Berlin / 12.01.19 /

"ein Hoffmann von Weltklasse" 

Rusalka / Stadttheater Klagenfurt / 06.10.18 /

"sang den Prinzen mit viel Kraft, mit schöner, sicherer Stimme" 

Rusalka / Stadttheater Klagenfurt / 18.09.18 /

"verfügt über einen herrlich baritonal gefärbten kräftigen und höhensicheren Tenor" 

Carmen / Fort Worth Opera Festival / 23.04.17 /

"commands a well-wrought tenor, with baritonal richness in the lower register and a fine blaze on top" 

Carmen / Fort Worth Opera Festival / 23.04.17 /

"created the most effective final scene" 
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