Since her recording debut on one track of “Violin Songs”, a performance which was highly lauded by critics, Elizabeth Watts has been thrust into the limelight as one of the new generation’s finest singing talents with her solo debut album on RCA, and more recently her accalimed 2013 Strauss recital CD..
Born in 1979, Elizabeth studied archaeology at Sheffield University before winning a scholarship to the Royal College of Music International Opera School in 2002, where she won numerous awards and was featured by Young Concert Artists Trust in 2004. She went on to win the 2006 Kathleen Ferrier Prize, the 2007 Outstanding Young Artist Award at the “MIDEM Classique Awards” in Cannes, and represented England at the 2007 Cardiff Singer of the World Competition, reaching the final and winning the prestigious Rosenblatt Song Prize. She was recently selected for BBC Radio 3’s New Generation Artists scheme, and has been twice nominated for a Royal Philharmonic Society Award.
Elizabeth joined English National Opera in 2005, and has already appeared in a wide range of roles in the UK and USA. As a recitalist, Elizabeth is in high demand and has worked regularly with pianists such as Roger Vignoles, Julius Drake and Gary Matthewman and performing at many of Europe’s leading venues and festivals.
As one reviewer has said (Feburary 2009) Elizabeth is an exceptionally gifted young singer from whom we’ll surely be hearing much more in the future.