Anita Watson

Genre: Soprano

Artist Reviews

“Capturing the audience with her clear and pure tone, Anita Watson plays the role of Donna Anna...Watson gave a most moving performance of her anguished character.”

Donna Anna, Don Giovanni - West Australia Opera - Out in Perth

Anita Watson's clarion soprano was exquisitely contoured to express Donna Anna's grief-tinged vengefulness.”

Donna Anna, Gon Giovanni - West Australian Opera - Opera

“The central figure, the Governess, is sung here by Anita Watson. The gentle radiance of her soprano and the unforced clarity of her diction (there are no surtitles) are matched by an economical, but always eloquent physical performance. Her smile speaks volumes."

The Governess, The Turn of the Screw, English National Opera - The Stage

“Hers is a gorgeous, liquid lyric soprano...”

The Governess, The Turn of the Screw - English National Opera - The Arts Desk

“As the Governess, Anita Watson sang with a beautifully sweet tone and finely, entrancingly nuanced phrasing; her words - there were no surtitles though copies of the libretto were supplied - were as crystalline as her conception of her own ‘mission’.”

The Governess, The Turn of the Screw - English National Opera - Opera Today

“Anita Watson was Anne Trulove, showing not only beautiful voice, since her dynamic handling is excellent, her pianissimi are marvellous and her forte are solid; her performance is convincing in the pursuit of the libertine in which Tom has become”.

Anne Trulove, The Rake's Progress, Teatro Municipal Santiago de Chile -


After completing a Bachelor of Music from the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, Australian soprano Anita Watson graduated with honours from the Australian Opera Studio.  She was a member of the Cologne Opera Studio 2006-7 and the Jette Parker Young Artist Programme at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden from 2007-9.

Anita has won prizes in many prestigious competitions amongst them the Australian Singing Competition, the Queen Sonja International Music Competition in Oslo, Neue Stimmen in Germany and the Plácido Domingo Operalia Competition. She was awarded the 1st prize and the audience award at the international ARD Music Competition in Munich in 2009, and the SWR Emmerich-Smola Prize in 2010.

As a Jette Parker Young Artist at the Royal Opera House her roles included the title role in Donizetti’s Rita, Gretel and Dew Fairy Hänsel und Gretel, Flowermaiden Parsifal, First Lady Die Zauberflöte, Naiad Ariadne auf Naxos and Second Woman Dido and Aeneas.

Further career highlights to date include Fifth Maid in Elektra for Salzburg Festival, Mimì La Bohème for Opera North and the National Reiseopera in the Netherlands, Donna Anna Don Giovanni for Teatro la Fenice, Opera Australia, and Scottish Opera, First Lady Die Zauberflöte for the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, Flowermaiden Parsifal at the BBC Proms with Sir Mark Elder and Governess in Toulouse and at Teatro La Fenice. Recent operatic engagements include her return to the Reisopera as Donna Anna Don Giovanni, Pamina for Welsh National Opera, Anne Trulove The Rake’s Progress in Santiago de Chile, Fiordiligi Cosi fan tutte with Diva Opera, Governess The Turn of the Screw for English National Opera and Donna Anna for West Australian Opera.

Anita has appeared worldwide in concerts, recitals and broadcasts. Her concert repertoire includes Carmina Burana, Verdi’s Requiem, Mozart’s Requiem and Vesperae Solennes de Confessore, Tippet’s A Child of our Time, Fauré’s Requiem, Handel’s Messiah, Gounod’s Redemption, Poulenc’s Gloria, Howell’s Hymnus Paradisi, Mendelssohn’s Elijah and the Brahms Requiem. She has also performed Strauss’ Vier letzte Lieder with the Mariinsky Orchestra in St Petersburg and the Rheinische Philharmonie in Koblenz, Mahler’s 8th Symphony with Sir Mark Elder and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 with the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia under Antonio Pappano, and with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra. Recent concert performances include Haydn’s Nelson Mass and Harmony Mass, Vivaldi Gloria and Magnificat, Beethoven Mass in C and 9th Symphony, Mozart Requiem, Mass in C Minor and Vesparae Solennes de Confessore, Elijah, Verdi Requiem, Handel Messiah, Szymanowski Stabat Mater and Rossini Stabat Mater and a Viennese New Year Concert with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra at the Barbican.


For alternative recording material of Anita please follow the link below:

Fata Morgana: Song by Pavel Haas Artists: Lada Valesova (piano) , Anita Watson (soprano) , Anna Starushkevych (mezzo), Nicky Spence (tenor), James Platt (bass), Navarra Quartet

Tracks 1, 2, 4, 5, 6, 7 – Sedam pisni v lidovi tonu Op 18.


For Oratorio and Concert repertoire please scroll down:

Oratorio and concert rep
Composer Work
Bach St Matthew Passion
Beethoven Mass in C
Symphony No. 9
Brahms Requiem
Duruflé Requiem
Fanshawe African Sanctus
Fauré Requiem
Gounod The Redemption
Handel Messiah
Haydn Harmoniemesse (Mass No. 14 in Bb)
Nelson Mass
Howells Hymnus Paradisi
Jenkins The Armed Man
Linley A Lyric Ode On the Fairies, Aerial Beings and Witches of Shakespeare
Mahler Symphony No. 8
Mendelssohn Elijah
Mozart Mass in C minor
Mass in C
Missa Brevis no. 2 in D minor
Vesperae Solennes de Confessore
Orff Carmina Burana
Pergolesi Magnificat in Bb Major
Poulenc Gloria
Rossini Stabat Mater
Rutter Magnificat
Stanford Elegiac Ode
Szymanowski Stabat Mater
Tippet A Child of Our Time
Verdi Requiem
Vivaldi Gloria
Works with Orchestra
Composer Work
Barber Knoxville, Summer of 1915
Berg Sieben fruehe lieder
1. Nacht
2. Schilflied
3. Die Nachtigall
4. Tramgekront
5. Im Zimmer
6. Liebesode
7. Sommertage
Duparc L’Invitation au voyage
Au pays où se fait la guerre
La vie antérieure
Le Manoir de Rosemonde
Chanson Triste
Mahler Symphony No. 4
Mozart Ah, lo previdi! (K. 272)
Bella mia fiamma … Resta, oh cara
Ravel Shéhérazade
1. Asie
2. La flûte enchantée
3. L’indifférent
Strauss R Vier letzte lieder
1. Fruhling
2. September
3. Beim Schlafengehen
4. Im Abendrot
Four songs Op. 27
1. Ruhe, meine Seele
2. Cäcilie
3. Heimliche Aufforderung
4. Morgen
Wiegenlied (Op. 41/1)
Artist: Anita Watson
Label: Ann Ferrier Artists
Genre: Soprano