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 -

"Of the principals, Anita Watson's radiant Michaela, a homely foil for the fickle heroine, is well worth catching."

Michaela, Carmen - Welsh National Opera - Hugh Canning, The Sunday Times Oct 2019


Born in Sydney and now a dual British citizen, soprano Anita Watson is a graduate from the Sydney Conservatorium of Music and the Australian Opera Studio. She was a member of the Cologne Opera Studio and the Jette Parker Young Artist Programme at The Royal Opera House, Covent Garden.  She has won prizes in many prestigious competitions including the Australian Singing Competition, the Queen Sonja International Music Competition in Oslo, Neue Stimmen in Germany and the Plácido Domingo Operalia competition. In particular, she was awarded the first prize and the
audience award at the international ARD Music Competition in Munich and the SWR Emmerich-Smola Prize.

As a Jette Parker Young Artist at The Royal Opera House, Covent Garden her roles included the title role in Donizetti’s Rita, Gretel and Dewfairy Hänsel und Gretel, First Lady Die Zauberflöte, Flowermaiden Parsifal, Second Woman Dido and Aeneas and Naiad Ariadne auf Naxos.  Her wider engagements have included The Governess in The Turn of the Screw at the Teatro La Fenice, Venice, for the Théâtre du Capitole, Toulouse and for English National Opera at Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre; Donna Anna Don Giovanni for Opera Australia, Scottish Opera, the Nederlandse Reisopera, Landestheater Salzburg and the West Australian Opera; Anne Trulove The Rake’s Progress at the Teatro Municipal de Santiago; Pamina The Magic Flute for Welsh National Opera.  Further roles have included Fifth Maid Elektra at the Salzburg Festival, Fiordiligi Così fan tutte for Diva Opera, a return to the Royal Opera, London, as First Lady Die Zauberflöte, Mimì La Bohème for Opera North and the Nederlandse Reisopera, Micaëla Carmen for Welsh National Opera, Flowermaiden Parsifal at the BBC Proms, and Countess Almaviva Le Nozze di Figaro for Welsh National Opera.

Anita Watson has appeared worldwide in concerts, recitals and television and radio broadcasts.  Particular highlights including Beethoven Symphony No. 9 for the Accademia di Santa Cecilia and the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and Richard Strauss Four Last Songs with the Rheinische Philharmonie, Koblenz, and the Mariinksy Orchestra, St Petersburg. Other concert repertoire includes the Brahms, Mozart, Fauré, Dvôrák and Verdi Requiems, Carmina Burana, Rossini Stabat Mater and Petite Messe Solenelle, Poulenc Gloria, Elijah, Haydn’s Nelson Mass and Harmony Mass, Vivaldi Gloria and Magnificat, Mozart Mass in C, Mass in C minor and Vesperae Solennes de Confessore, Szymanowski Stabat Mater, A Child of Our Time, and Vaughan Williams’ Dona Nobis Pacem and A Sea Symphony.

Her recordings include Hänsel und Gretel (Opus Arte DVD / Blu Ray), Dido and Aeneas (Opus Arte DVD / Blu Ray), Ariadne auf Naxos for Chandos CD, Parsifal for Hallé CD and Fata Morgana – Songs by Pavel Haas for Resonus Classics (BBC Music Magazine Choral & Song Choice for May 2017).

Conductors with whom she has worked include Julia Jones, Sir Antonio Pappano, Speranza Scappucci, Arie van Beek, Thomas Blunt, Brad Cohen, Sir Colin Davis, Patrick Davin, Andreas Delfs, Sir Mark Elder, Daniele Gatti, Bernard Haitink, Tomáš Hanus, Leo Hussain, Damian Iorio, Lothar Koenigs, Antonello Manacorda, Toby Purser, David Syrus, Sir Jeffrey Tate, Lars Vogt, Mark Wigglesworth, Hilary Davan Wetton and Carlo Rizzi.

Recent engagements include Wayne McGregor’s Morgen for The Royal Ballet’s Summer 2021 season, First Lady Die Zauberflöte for The Royal Opera, London, Dvôrák Requiem at the Three Choirs Festival and Freia Das Rheingold for Orchestra of the Music Makers, Singapore.

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:

Composer Work
Bach St Matthew Passion
Beethoven Mass in C
Symphony No. 9
Brahms Requiem
Duruflé Requiem
Dvorak Requiem
Fanshawe African Sanctus
Fauré Requiem
Goodall Invinctus
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 Coronation Mass
Mass in C minor
Missa Brevis no. 2 in D minor
Vesperae Solennes de Confessore
Orff Carmina Burana
Pergolesi Magnificat in Bb Major
Poulenc Gloria
Rossini Petite Messe Solenelle
Stabat Mater
Rutter Magnificat
Stanford Elegiac Ode
Szymanowski Stabat Mater
Tippet A Child of Our Time
Vaughan Williams A Sea Symphony
Dona Nobis Pacem
Serenade to Music
Verdi Requiem
Vivaldi Gloria
Works with Orchestra
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
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)
* studied repertoire
Artist: Anita Watson
Label: Ann Ferrier Artists
Genre: Soprano