Linda Watson

Soloist and Masterclasses
After training in Boston, Kammersängerin Linda Watson started her operatic career at Theater Aachen. The opera houses in Leipzig and Düsseldorf were then the springboards to a world career and since her debut as Kundry in Wagner’s ‘Parsifal’ at the Bayreuth Festival in 1998 she has been regarded as one of the leading singers of Wagner and Richard Strauss of our times. After starting as a mezzo-soprano, she sang her first dramatic soprano role in 1995 with Sieglinde (Wagner ‘Die Walküre’) in Essen and expanded her dramatic repertoire at the Deutsche Oper am Rhein with Leonore (Beethoven ‘Fidelio’), the Wagner roles of Kundry, Isolde (‘Tristan und Isolde’), Ortrud (‘Lohengrin’), Elisabeth (‘Tannhäuser’), Brünnhilde (‘Der Ring des Nibelungen’) and the Strauss roles of Ariadne (‘Ariadne auf Naxos’), the Feldmarschallin (‘Der Rosenkavalier’), the Dyer’s Wife and the Nurse (‘Die Frau ohne Schatten’) and Elektra. She has sung these highly dramatic roles at all the world’s great opera houses and worked together with conductors such as Claudio Abbado, Zubin Mehta, James Levine, Valery Gergiev, Christian Thielemann, Antonio Pappano, Daniele Gatti, Axel Kober, Adam Fischer and Kent Nagano. She has made regular guest appearances in Munich, Berlin, Vienna, Paris, Madrid, Barcelona, Florence, Bologna, Amsterdam, Tokyo, Los Angeles, at la Scala, Milan, the Metropolitan Opera in New York and Bayreuth (as Kundry in 1998, as Ortrud from 2000 to 2005, as Brünnhilde from 2006 to 2010). She has also made numerous recordings, particularly of her three Brünnhilde roles. In 2014 she was nominated for a Grammy Award as the “principal soloist” of the ‘Ring’ under Christian Thielemann. She was awarded the title of Kammersängerin in Germany in 2004 and in Austria in 2020. Linda Watson returned to the Deutsche Oper am Rhein in the 2013/14 season to rejoin its ensemble and her roles here since have included the Marschallin, Brünnhilde, Elektra, Ariadne, Turandot (Puccini) and Isolde. She also gives regular master courses in Düsseldorf to the members of the Opera Studio.