After completing a Bachelor of Music from the Sydney Conservatorium of Music Australian soprano Anita Watson graduated from the Australian Opera Studio and Cologne Opera Studio as well as the Jette Parker Young Artist Programme at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden 2007-9. Anita has won prizes in many prestigious international competitions and has appeared worldwide in concerts, recitals, as well as on television and radio broadcasts.

As a Jette Parker Young Artist at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden she performed roles including the title role in Donizetti's Rita, Naiad (Ariadne auf Naxos), Gretel and Dewfairy (Hänsel und Gretel), First Lady (Die Zauberflöte), Flowergirl (Parsifal) and Second Woman (Dido and Aeneas).

Anita made her house debut at Teatro La Fenice in Venice as Governess (The Turn of the Screw) and at the Salzburg Festival as 5th Maid (Elektra). She has performed Mimì (La Bohème) for Nationale Reisopera in the Netherlands and Opera North. Anita has sung Donna Anna (Don Giovanni) for Landestheater Salzburg, La Fenice, Opera Australia, Scottish Opera, Reisopera and West Australian Opera. She returned to the Royal Opera House as First Lady (Die Zauberflöte) and sang Governess at the Théâtre du Capitole in Toulouse, and for English National Opera, Pamina (The Magic Flute) at Welsh National Opera and Anne Trulove (The Rake’s Progress) in Santiago de Chile. She has also perfomed Micaëla (Carmen) and Countess (Le Nozze di Figaro) for Welsh National Opera.

Concert highlights include Beethoven’s 9th Symphony with the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia led by Antonio Pappano, Strauss‘ Vier letzte Lieder with the Rheinische Philharmonie in Koblenz and the Mariiinsky Orchestra in St Petersburg, Mahler’s 8th Symphony and Blumenmädchen in Parsifal with the Hallè Orchestra at the BBC Proms 2013 under Sir Mark Elder, as well as a recording of Ariadne auf Naxos for the Chandos label and Fata Morgana: Song by Pavel Haas for Resonus Classics.  

Anita Watson
Photo: Rubie Love Photography
  • “Hers is a gorgeous, liquid lyric soprano...”

    David Nice, The Arts Desk

    Governess, The Turn of the Screw, English National Opera at Regent's Park Open Air Theatre