Press reviews

  • “The singers, including a very engaging Anita Watson, are also great actors. This exemplary show of true musical theatre is a lyric event of the highest order." 


    Governess, The Turn of the Screw, Thêâtre du Capitole Toulouse

  • “Most of the audience I guess were new to opera, and genuinely startled and moved by Mimì’s decline and Rodolfo’s panic. Here the performances of Anita Watson and Ji-Min Park were at their impassioned best."

    Rupert Christiansen, Telegraph

    Mimi, La Bohème, Opera North

  • "Watson plays the character with a sweet lightness that is truly endearing.  Her duet about friendship with Papageno, the bird catcher, is very touching."

    Marina Spark

    Pamina, Die Zauberflöte, Welsh National Opera

  • “The best singing comes from Anita Watson’s Anna – a sincere and refined performance”.

    Andrew Clark, The Financial Times/Opera Magazine

    Donna Anna, Don Giovanni, Scottish Opera

  • “Anita Watson sang an endearing Mimì. Her charisma and crystal clear voice gave Mimì exactly the tenderness it needs. Her death scene, she sang wonderfully.”

    Jordi Kooiman, Opera Magazine NL

    Mimì, La Bohème, Reisopera, Netherlands

  • “This maturity was also revealed by Anita Watson, whose soprano voice possesses an overwhelming beautiful, shimmering timbre which is technically as well as musically capable of anything."

    Klaus Kalchschmid, Suddeutsche Zeitung

    2009 ARD International Music Competition, Munich

  • “Her free, generous use of a blessedly fresh, full, unforced lyric soprano promises much for the future.”

    Max Loppert, Opera

    Governess, The Turn of the Screw, Teatro La Fenice, Venice

  • 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”.

    Gilberto Ponce Veras,, 9/10/15

    The Rake's Progress, Teatro Municipal, Santiago de Chile

Anita Watson as Mimì (La Bohème) Opera North
photo: Patrice Nin