Biography
Counter-tenor

Andrew Watts was born in Middlesex and studied at the Royal Academy of Music.

Andrew Watts’ operatic engagements include appearances with the Royal Opera Covent Garden, English National Opera, Glyndebourne Festival and Touring Operas, Welsh National Opera, the Aldeburgh and Almeida Festivals and BBC Proms. Foreign engagements include Staatsoper Berlin, Komische Oper Berlin, Hamburgische Staatsoper, Bayerische Staatsoper, Nationaltheater Mannheim, RIAS Kammerchor Berlin, Theater an der Wien, La Scala, Milan, Teatro La Fenice, Paris Opera, Opéra National du Rhin, Opera de Lyon, Teatro Real Madrid, Teatro Sao Carlos Lisbon, Grand Theatre de Genève, Amsterdam, De Vlaamse Opera, Graz Opera, Stadttheater Klagenfurt, Badisches Staatstheater, Karlsruhe, Bielefeld and Australia, Canada and Mexico and the Salzburg, Vienna, Dresden, Bregenz, Lucerne, Batignano, Montepulciano and Aix-en-Provence Festivals. His repertoire includes Gluck’s ORPHÉE ET EURYDICE, Arsamenes XERXES, title role ORLANDO, Athamas SEMELE, Andronico TAMERLANO, title role in Leonardo Vinci’s ARTASERSE Sorceress and Second Witch DIDO AND AENEAS, Grace VENUS AND ADONIS, Ottone AGRIPPINA, Nero and Nutrice L’INCORONAZIONE DI POPPEA, Oberon A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM, Orlofsky DIE FLEDERMAUS, Orestes LA BELLE HÈLÈNE, Baba the Turk THE RAKE’S PROGRESS, Edgar LEAR, Behemoth der Kater DER MEISTER UND MARGARITA, Adschib in Henze’s L’UPUPA, Omar DEATH OF KLINGHOFFER, Bishop Baldwin GAWAIN, Prince Go-Go LE GRAND MACABRE, Vyasemskaya / Pleasant Voice / Proletarian A DOG’S HEART and Pleasure in Gerald Barry’s TRIUMPH OF BEAUTY AND DECEIT. He has taken part in many world premieres including Alexander Raskatov’s GERMANIA, Cherubino in Elena Langer’s FIGARO GETS A DIVORCE, Olga Neuwirth’s BÄHLAMMS FEST and LOST HIGHWAY, James in Birtwistle’s THE LAST SUPPER and Snake Priestess THE MINOTAUR, White Rabbit and March Hare in Unsuk Chin’s ALICE IN WONDERLAND, Nuñez’ MÄRCHEN, Liza Lim’s THE NAVIGATOR, Avner Dorman’s WAHNFRIED, Ian McQueen’s LINE OF TERROR, Guarnieri’s MEDEA, LOST OBJECTS for Bang on a Can, Dimitri Smirnov’s THE LAMENTATIONS OF THEL, Raymond Yiu’s THE ORIGINAL CHINESE CONJUROR, Camille in Michael Finnissey’s THÉRÈSE RAQUIN, Judith Weir’s MISS FORTUNE and THE OUTCAST, Ferdinand in Torsten Rasch’s THE DUCHESS OF MALFI and Shaman in Tansy Davies’ BETWEEN WORLDS.

Andrew Watts’ concert engagements include appearances with BBC Symphony Orchestra, London Sinfonietta, Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Ulster Orchestra, Los Angeles and Cleveland Philharmonic Orchestras, Niew Ensemble, Klangforum, at the BBC Proms and Salzburg, Lucerne, Lausanne, Cernier, Aldeburgh, Brighton and Edinburgh Festivals, Vienna, New York, Budapest, Seville, Paris, Cologne, Brussels, France, Australia and Italy. Repertoire includes JUDAS MACCABEUS, JEPHTHA, SOLOMON., MESSIAH, ST. JOHN PASSION, Bach MAGNIFICAT, THE INDIAN QUEEN, Charpentier TE DEUM the world premieres of Unsuk Chin’s CANTATRIX SOPRANICA, Birtwistle’s ORPHEUS ELEGIES and THE SHADOW OF NIGHT, Oscar Strasnoy’s L’INSTANT, works by Guarnieri and Manzoni and Olga Neuwirth’s, HOMMAGE A KLAUS NOMI, LA VIE…ULCERANT and FIVE DAILY MINIATURES. He features on recordings for ASV of Boyce’s ODE FOR ST CECILIA’S DAY and DAVID’S LAMENTATION with the Hanover Band and was heard in Sally Potter’s film ORLANDO. He broadcasts regularly and television appearances include a cameo as Kathleen Ferrier in WILLIAM AND MARY.

Engagements in 2018/19 season include Queequeq in Judith Weir’s THE OUTCAST for Wien Modern, Skorpionmensch in Jörg Widmann’s BABYLON for Berlin Staatsoper, Orestes LA BELLE HÈLÈNE for Hamburg Staatsoper and Edgar in Aribert Reimann’s LEAR for Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, along with concerts including Nomi Songs for Ensemble Intercontemporain and recitals at ‘s-Hertogenbosch and Wigmore Hall which marks the release of his CD, A Countertenor Songbook, on the NMC label. Subsequent seasons include returns to Opéra de Paris and Teatro Real, Madrid and his debuts at the Stanislavsky Theatre, Moscow and Lyric Opera of Chicago.