American soprano Linda Watson has appeared at many of the major opera houses of the world including Deutsche Oper, Berlin; Teatro Real, Madrid; Gran Teatro del Liceu, Barcelona; La Scala, Milan; Nederlandse Opera, Amsterdam; Tokyo; Opéra national de Paris; Wiener Staatsoper and at the Metropolitan Opera, New York with leading conductors including Abbado, Mehta, Levine, Gergiev, Thielemann, Pappano, Gatti, Salonen and Nagano.
Since her debut as Kundry Parsifal at the Bayreuth Festival in 1998, Linda Watson has been recognised as one of the most important interpreters of Wagner and Strauss in our time.
After her studies in Boston and Vienna, she started her career at Aachen, and moved on to world prominence via Leipzig to Deutsche Oper am Rhein, where she was a regular ensemble member for eight years. Originally a mezzo, she sang her first soprano part as Sieglinde Die Walküre in Essen. She soon enlarged her new repertoire with Leonore Fidelio, Wagner’s Kundry, Isolde, Ortrud, Elisabeth and Brünnhilde, and Strauss’ Ariadne, the Feldmarschallin, the Dyer’s Wife and Elektra.
Linda Watson appears regularly in Munich, Berlin, Wien, Paris, Madrid, Barcelona, Florence, Bologna, Amsterdam, Tokyo, Los Angeles, Milan’s La Scala, New York’s Metropolitan Opera (including Ring cycles under Levine) and Bayreuth (1998 as Kundry, 2000 to 2005 as Ortrud, 2006 to 2010 as Brünnhilde). She has worked with the world’s leading conductors including Mehta, Levine, Gergiev, Thielemann, Pappano, Gatti, Nagano.
In 2014 she was nominated for the Principal Soloist Grammy award with Christian Thielemann’s Ring recording. From the 2013/14 season, Linda Watson returns to the permanent ensemble of Deutsche Oper am Rhein, where she will appear in roles including Elektra, Feldmarschallin and Brünnhilde, and will be involved in the master class programme of the Opera Studio.
Linda is Artist in Residence at Chapman University, and has a teaching position at the renowned Folkwang University in Essen, Germany.