Kristen Watson

Soprano Kristen Watson, hailed by critics for her “blithe and silvery” tone (Boston Globe) and “striking poise” (Opera News) has made solo appearances with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, American Classical Orchestra, Mark Morris Dance Group, Handel & Haydn Society, and Boston Baroque at such venues as Walt Disney Concert Hall, Alice Tully Hall, Carnegie Hall and Boston’s Symphony Hall. Opera audiences have heard Ms. Watson in productions with Boston Lyric Opera, Opera New England, Opera Boston, Opera Providence, Opera Theater of Pittsburgh, Intermezzo Opera, Five College Opera, and Boston University Opera Institute in such roles as Anne Trulove in The Rake’s Progress, Tytania in A Midsummer Night’s Dream and the Voice of the Fountain in Osvaldo Golijov’s Ainadamar directed by Peter Sellars. A versatile crossover artist, Ms. Watson has made several solo appearances with the Boston Pops under Keith Lockhart, performed as a featured soprano alongside Greek tenor Mario Frangoulis, and shared the stage with veteran actress Shirley Jones in Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Carousel. Praised for her “keen musicianship, agility and seamless control” (San Antonio Express), Ms. Watson has been recognized by the Concert Artists Guild, Oratorio Society of New York, Joy in Singing, American Bach Society, and Louisville Bach Society competitions and was awarded both the Virginia Best Adams Fellowship at the Carmel Bach Festival and the Lorraine Hunt Lieberson Fellowship with Emmanuel Music. Additional solo performances include the North Carolina Symphony, Trinity Wall Street, San Francisco Early Music Society, Masterwork Chorus of New Jersey, Duke Chapel Choir, Gulf Coast Symphony, Topeka Symphony, Handel Society of Dartmouth, Boston Early Music Festival, Aston Magna Festival, Cape Cod Symphony, Rhode Island Philharmonic, Boston Modern Orchestra Project and A Far Cry. Originally from Kansas, Ms. Watson holds degrees from Carnegie Mellon University and Boston University.