Katherine Watson


British soprano Katherine Watson started her career as young artist in Le Jardin des Voix. She has since appeared internationally with William Christie and Les Arts Florissants as well as other leading conductors including Emmanuelle Haim, Hervé Niquet, Laurence Cummings, Harry Christophers, and Raphaël Pichon.

Katherine was awarded Glyndebourne's coveted John Christie Award and subsequently performed as Diana Hippolyte et Aricie at the festival. Opera highlights since then include Iphis Jephtha at the Opéra National de Paris, Theodora at the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées, Armelite Zoroastre at Komischer Oper, Cassandra La Didone in Caen, Luxembourg and Paris, and appearances at Teatro Real, Opera Comique and Opéra National de Bordeaux.

Katherine enjoys a busy concert career with notable performances including tours of Handel’s Messiah with Les Arts Florissants and the Freiburger Barockorchester, and Pergolesi with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment in addition to appearances at the Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, the Wigmore Hall and the BBC Proms. A keen recitalist, Katherine enjoys ongoing recitals of Handel with the OAE, and French baroque repertoire with Alexis Kossenko/Les Ambassadeurs and Le Concert d’Astrée.

Prominent recordings include L’Opéra du Roi Soleil (Alexis Kossenko/Les Ambassadeurs), Bach’s Christmas Oratorio (Layton/OAE), Handel’s Messiah (Niquet/Le Concert Spirituel), Monteverdi madrigals (Jonathan Cohen/Arcangelo) and the title role in Theodora (Warner Classics).