Katherine Watson


"Katherine Watson captures the full measure of Theodora's dignity, lyricism and profound sublimity"


"The ethereal-toned Katherine Watson...clearly one to watch."

The Sunday Times

"In air after air, Ms. Watson brought vocal bloom, emotional depth and beguiling phrasing to her exemplary performance."

The New York Times

"Katherine Watson was deliciously stylish."

The Times

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Praised for her “lyricism and sublimity” (Gramophone Magazine), British soprano Katherine Watson started her career as a young artist in Le Jardin de Voix. She has since appeared with many leading conductors including Paul Agnew, Harry Bicket, Harry Christophers, Stephen Cleobury, Jonathan Cohen, Emmanuelle Haïm, Nicholas Kraemer, Stephen Layton, Sir Roger Norrington and Christophe Rousset, and continues to work internationally with William Christie and Les Arts Florissants.

Recent and future highlights include, Handel’s Saul with the Festival de Beaune et Namur, Boismorier’s Les Voyages de l’Amour in Budapest, a tour of Korea and Japan with Les Arts Florissants, Pergolesi and Vivaldi with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, a tour of Messiah with the Freiburger Barockorchester under Trevor Pinnock, and an appearance at the Prague Festival of Early Music and the Valletta International Baroque Festival

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Purcell Choir (September 2019)

Katherine Watson in the title role seduces the ear with a voluptuous bloom but tightly controlled coloratura; here’s a rising star to watch.

Warwick Arnold, Limelight Magazine

Katherine Watson is an ideal Hypermnestre, singing throughout with unfailing tonal beauty and perfectly turned ornaments, the voice sweetly luminescent in most of her music, but able to rise without loss of vocal quality to more dramatic demands in the later acts.

Brian Robins, Opera Magazine

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Purcell Choir (April 2019)

The singers, some of whom have appeared with Vashegyi before, are all one could desire. … In ‘Le Turc’, Katherine Watson is spine-tingling at the start of the tempest and touching when she is reunited with the Valere of Reinoud…”

Richard Lawrence, Gramophone

The loveliest singing comes from Katherine Watson’s pellucid and sensitive Émilie in ‘Le Turc’, with its Entführung-like plot.

Brian Robins, Opera Magazine

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Le Concert Spirituel (January 2019)

As the princess, Katherine Watson duets euphoniously with the oboe of Héloise Galliard in a prayer to Cupid from Bertin de la Doué’s Le jugement de Paris.

Richard Lawrence, Gramophone

Bach Mass in B minor, The Choir of Trinity College, Cambridge / Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment

Hyperion CD A68181/2 (May 2018)

Katherine Watson’s soaring soprano also strikes up an alluring partnership with Iestyn Davies for the ‘Et in unum Deum’”… After a splendidly august ‘Gratias agimus tibi’ comes a ‘Domine Deus’ in which Katherine Watson and Gwilym Bowen flirt as if Bach had written an operatic love duet.

Paul Riley, BBC Music Magazine

Bach Mass in B minor, Les Arts Florissants

Harmonia Mundi (March 2018)

Mead and Katherine Watson are gloriously compatible in ‘Et in unum’.

Jonathan Freeman-Attwood, Gramophone

J.S. Bach, Mass in B Minor

Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and the Choir of Trinity College, Cambridge, Hyperion CDA68181/2 (February 2018)

Katherine Watson, already a busy soloist, has a delightful baroque soprano voice – focused and accurate but always intelligent, sweet and lyrical.

Lindsay Kemp, Gramaphone

Handel Messiah, Le Concert Spirituel / Hervé Niquet

Alpha Classics (January 2018)

Katherine Watson's nonchalant ‘Rejoice greatly’ is sung flawlessly.

David Vickers, Gramophone

Handel Jephtha (Iphis), Opéra National de Paris

Palais Garnier, Paris (January 2018)

The musical performance, meanwhile, is gripping. As Iphis, soprano Katherine Watson brings a pure, bell-like timbre and stylish ornamentation to her arias, evolving from a girlish coquette into a pious martyr.

Rebecca Schmid, Financial Times

Watson's high, clear soprano was well suited to the character, and her interpretation of "Happy they!" (an aria borrowed from Ariodante) was particularly poignant.

Laura Servidei, bachtrack.com

Katherine Watson’s Iphis, already heard at the Beaune Festival in 2015, is even more striking.  It feels like a long time has passed since Le Jardin des Voix introduced the young British soprano on to the French operatic stage.  Today, the artist regularly stands out in the principle roles of the baroque repertoire thanks to a luminosity carried by a delicious treble and agile trills.

Charlotte Saulneron, Res Musica

Katherine Watson’s trills are the natural prolonging of a deliciously vibrated and vibrant treble.

Charles Arden, Olyrix

Katherine Watson sang the role of Iphis with a high soprano of great beauty. Her rendition of “Happy they!” was quite moving.

James L. Paulk, Classical Voice America

Katherine Watson is a noble and sensitive Iphis…a remarkable debut at the Opéra de Paris.

Christine Ducq, La Revue du Spectacle

Katherine Watson sings with a light, agile and well-controlled soprano voice, at first so happy-in-love, then as a visibly mature Iphis.

Alexander Jordis-Lohausen, Opera Point

Rameau Zoroastre (Amélite)

Komische Oper Berlin

Katherine Watson as Amélite had vocal and physical charm.

Tom Sutcliffe, Opera Now

Lully Persée (Merope), Le Concert Spirituel/Hervé Niquet

Alpha 967 (CD)

Even better is the Merope of Katherine Watson, a singer I keep encountering at the moment whose vocal production and lovely tone again delight me, and whose loss of Persée is expressed with especially touching sensitivity.

Brian Robins, Opera Magazine

Restoration London, Theatre of the Ayre

Wigmore Hall, London (February 2016)

[Watson] sang with fervour and elegance...The Italian influence was underlined in Watson’s shapely reading of Carissimi’s ‘Lucifer, coelestis olim’.

Anna Picard, The Times

Handel Theodora (Title), Les Arts Florissants

US & European Tour (November 2015)

A fine roster of soloists was led by the creamy-voiced soprano Katherine Watson as Theodora... In air after air, Ms. Watson brought vocal bloom, emotional depth and beguiling phrasing to her exemplary performance.

Anthony Tommasini, The New York Times

A voice which combines strength and shape, [Watson’s] Theodora has serious dramatic impact and beauty.

Frank Cadenhead, Opera Today

The pure voice of Watson is full of beauty and inner persuasion.  In her duets with Didymus it blended beautifully with the tones of Jaroussky...there were moments when the voices of Watson and Jaroussky were completely at one with the orchestra, growing out of it, melting with it in perfect harmonic expression.

Olga de Kort, Bachtrack

Handel Theodora (DVD)

Les Arts Florissants/William Christie (April 2017)

Katherine Watson captures the full measure of Theodora's dignity, lyricism and profound sublimity in every crucial scene; the middle part of Angels, ever bright and fair has seldom been so beautifully illustrative of the heroine's desperate plight.

David Vickers, Gramophone

Katherine Watson’s easy-flowing soprano unites emotional power with textual directness as Theodora.

George Hall, Opera Magazine

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