Anita Watson


Anita Watson

Governess: The Turn of the Screw / English National Opera

“Hers is a gorgeous, liquid lyric soprano…”

The Arts Desk


“…she inhabited the character flawlessly.“



“Without disguising the governess’s complexity (like Quint, she says of Miles, “You shall be mine”), Anita Watson powerfully makes her a woman driven more by moral anxiety than by luridly subjective fantasy.”

The Guardian


“As the Governess, Anita Watson sang with a beautifully sweet tone and finely, entrancingly nuanced phrasing; her words – there were no surtitles though copies of the libretto were supplied – were as crystalline as her conception of her own ‘mission.’”

Opera Today


“Anita Watson’s superbly expressive Governess…”

The Times


”Anita Watson, brought extensive experience of her role to a taut, tortured account of the Governess.“



Governess: The Turn of the Screw / Teatro La Fenice

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



Donna Anna: Don Giovanni / Nederlandse Reisopera

“Anita Watson unveiled a lithe soprano and delivered a heartfelt “Non mi dir”"



Donna Anna: Don Giovanni / Scottish Opera

“Capturing the audience with her clear and pure tone, Anita Watson plays the role of Donna Anna. Watson gave a most moving performance of her anguished character.”

Out in Perth


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

Financial Times


“Vocal honours must go to Anita Watson’s Donna Anna…”

The Reviews Hub


“…gave a very impressive account of Anna’s arias.”

Seen and Heard International


Pamina: The Magic Flute / Welsh National Opera

“Anita Watson is the freshest, most natural Pamina imaginable, delightfully uninhibited in her scenes with Papageno, clear-voiced and deeply touching in 'Ach, ich fühl’s.' “

The Arts Desk


“It is hard to imagine a more ideal than Anita Watson. Her rich, silky soprano wrapped itself lovingly around Mozart’s delicious melodies, and Watson’s well-shaped phrasing created strong character and spirit. ‘Ach, ich fühl’s’ managed to be heart-wrenching without Watson lingering overly long on the aching phrases, and she and (Mark) Stone blended well in ‘Bei Männern welche Liebe fühlen.’”

Opera Today


“Anita Watson is a fresh-voiced Pamina, whose chemistry with Papageno in their opening duet on the virtues of marriage is as natural as it is engaging, and her despairing ‘Ach, ich fühl’s’, deeply moving.”

Wales Arts Review


Mimì: La bohème / Nederlandse Reisopera

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

Opera Magazine NL


Mimì: La bohème / Opera North

“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."

The Telegraph


Anne Trulove: The Rake’s Progress / Teatro Municipal de Santiago

“The cast is dominated by the tender and soft soprano of Anita Watson, whose voice displays perfect and almost supernatural delicacy.”

Economía y Negocios


Haas Fata Morgana: Songs by Pavel Haas
Anna Starushkevych, Nicky Spence, James Platt
Navarra Quartet, Lada Valesova (Piano)
Resonus Classics CD RE 10183

Humperdinck Hänsel und Gretel (role of Dew Fairy)
Diana Damrau, Angelika Kirschlager, Anja Silja, Elizabeth Connell, Sir Thomas Allen
Royal Opera House, Covent Garden / Sir Colin Davis
Opus Arte CD OA 1011 D / Blu Ray OABD 7032 D

Purcell Dido and Aeneas (role of Second Woman)
Sarah Connolly, Lucy Crowe, Sara Fulgoni, Lucas Meachem
Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment / Christopher Hogwood
Opus Arte CD OA 1018 D / Blu Ray OABD 7049 D

R. Strauss Ariadne auf Naxos (role of Naiaid)
Christine Brewer, Gillian Keith, Alice Coote, Robert Dean Smith, Alan Opie
Scottish Chamber Orchestra / Sir Richard Armstrong
Chandos CD CHAN 3168

Wagner Parsifal (role of Second Flowermaiden, Group 1)
Katarina Dalayman, Lars Cleveman, Tom Fox, Detlef Roth, Reinhard Hagen, Sir John Tomlinson
Hallé Orchestra / Sir Mark Elder
Hallé CD CDHLD 7539


Anita Watson sings Richard Strauss: Four Last Songs - ‘September’