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Keel Watson

A real 'character' singer and ‘stage animal’, Keel Watson is in demand for roles requiring his fine dark, bass baritone voice, and fine acting skills. He studied singing and trombone at Trinity College of Music and made his Royal Albert Hall and Barbican dĂ©buts with the concert version of Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess and his Queen Elizabeth Hall dĂ©but in Mike Westbrook’s Coming Through the Slaughter.

Keel Watson made his Royal Opera dĂ©but in 2000 as the Bosun Billy Budd. He has also sung Caronte L’Orfeo English National Opera and Opera Zuid, Mandryka Arabella, and The Speaker in The Magic Flute for Opera North, Henry Davis Street Scene in Turin, Don Pizarro Fidelio, First Apprentice Wozzeck and Abbot Curlew River (at the BBC Proms) with Birmingham Opera Company, The Doctor Punch and Judy Casa da MĂșsica in Porto, Nourabad Les PĂȘcheurs de Perles, Tonio I Pagliacci and Jorg Stiffelio Opera Holland Park, Junius The Rape of Lucretia European Opera Centre, Elder Ott Susannah OpĂ©ra de Nantes, Porgy Porgy and Bess TCC Productions, Lisbon, Mephistopheles Faust Anna Livia International Opera Festival in Dublin, Achilla Giulio Cesare Opera Ireland, Papageno Die Zauberflöte Mid-Wales Opera and Opera Northern Ireland, Dr Bartolo Le Nozze di Figaro English Touring Opera, Scarpia Tosca Opera 2000, Kunrad Feuersnot and Giordano Andrea ChĂ©nier for Chelsea Opera Group, Wotan Das Rheingold at the Covent Garden Festival and Don Basilio The Barber of Seville and Leporello Don Giovanni for Garden Opera

Keel Watson’s created roles include The Elder The Country of the Blind by Mark-Anthony Turnage at the Aldeburgh Festival/ENO Contemporary Opera Studio and Parlaine Palace in the Sky by Jonathan Dove for the ENO Baylis Programme.

Concerts and oratorios include his dĂ©but with the London Symphony Orchestra under Kent Nagano with Bernstein’s Whitehouse Cantata, also recorded by Deutsche Grammophon. His many concerts have included performances of Messiah at St John’s, Smith Square and Carmina Burana at the Royal Festival Hall. His repertoire also includes Pater Profundis Symphony No. 8 (Mahler), Belshazzar’s Feast, Rossini Stabat Mater and Vaughan Williams Sea Symphony.

He has sung as a guest soloist on BBC Radio 2’s Friday Night is Music Night and is the voice of Harasta in Geoff Dunbar’s new animated version of The Cunning Little Vixen.

Recent engagements include Abbott Curlew River at the BBC Promenade Concerts, Dr Bartolo The Marriage of Figaro for English Touring Opera and Leporello Don Giovanni for Garden Opera. Opera engagements in 2004 /5 include Colline La Bohùme for English Touring Opera and Pluto Women Beware (Il ballo delle ingrate) and Neptune Ulysses comes Home (Il ritorno d’Ulisse in Patria), both for Birmingham Opera Company. Recent concerts include Porgy and Bess for the Royal Scottish National Orchestra. Future concerts include A Child of our Time for the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and again with the CBSO at the Worcester Three Choirs Festival.

Amahl and the Night Visitors (Gian Carlo Menotti) : Balthazar
15/12/1999 - 9/1/2000  Edinburgh Festival Theatre

Andrea Chénier (Umberto Giordano) : Roucher
24/5/2004 - 6/6/2004  London, South Bank Centre

Arabella (Richard Strauss) : Mandryka
3/5/1999 - 25/6/1999  Leeds, Opera North
3/5/1999 - 6/6/1999  Leeds, Opera North

Billy Budd (Benjamin Britten) : Bosun
20/8/2000 - 25/9/2000  London, Royal Opera

BohĂšme, La (Giacomo Puccini) : Colline
12/9/2004 - 5/12/2004  London, English Touring Opera

Don Giovanni (Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart) : il Commendatore
23/1/2006 - 12/3/2006  Birmingham UK, Birmingham Opera Company

Falstaff (Giuseppe Verdi) : Sir John Falstaff
2/3/1998 - 12/4/1998  London, South Bank Centre
9/6/1996 - 13/7/1996  London, Opera Holland Park
30/4/1996 - 31/5/1996  

Faust (Charles Gounod) : MéphistophélÚs
28/5/2001 - 24/6/2001  Dublin, Anna Livia Festival

Feuersnot (Richard Strauss) : Kunrad
4/11/2000 - 25/11/2000  London, South Bank Centre

Fidelio (Leonore) (Ludwig van Beethoven) : Don Pizarro
28/1/2002 - 14/3/2002  Birmingham UK, Birmingham Opera Company

Giulio Cesare (Georg Friedrich HĂ€ndel) : Achilla
15/10/2001 - 22/11/2001  Dublin, Opera Ireland

HĂ€nsel und Gretel (Engelbert Humperdinck) : Peter
24/4/2002 - 24/5/2002  

Midsummer Night’s Dream, A (Benjamin Britten) : Bottom

Nozze di Figaro, Le (Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart) : Bartolo
2/2/2004 - 3/6/2004  London, English Touring Opera

Orfeo, L’ (Claudio Monteverdi) : Caronte
27/9/2001 - 3/10/2001  Stadsschouwburg Eindhoven
17/8/1999 - 18/10/1999  London, English National Opera (ENO)

Pagliacci (Ruggero Leoncavallo) : Tonio/Taddeo
11/5/1998 - 27/6/1998  London, Opera Holland Park

PĂȘcheurs de perles, Les (Georges Bizet) : Nourabad
20/5/2002 - 23/6/2002  London, Opera Holland Park

Porgy and Bess (George Gershwin) : Porgy
24/9/1999 - 8/11/1999  Lisboa, Teatro Nacional de Sao Carlos

Rape of Lucretia, The (Benjamin Britten) : Junius
24/9/2002 - 20/10/2002  Riga, Latvijas Nacionala Opera

Ritorno di Ulisse in patria, Il (Claudio Monteverdi) : Nettuno
12/3/2005 - 8/5/2005  Birmingham UK, Birmingham Opera Company

Stiffelio (Giuseppe Verdi) : Jorg
23/6/2003 - 8/8/2003  London, Opera Holland Park

Street Scene (Kurt Weill) : Henry Davis
11/11/1995 - 20/12/1995  Torino, Teatro Regio
10/8/1993 - 17/9/1993  London, English National Opera (ENO)

Tristan und Isolde (Richard Wagner) : Kurwenal
25/4/2000 - 16/9/2000  Edinburgh Festival Theatre
25/4/2000 - 5/9/2000  Edinburgh Festival Theatre

VĂȘpres siciliennes, Les (Giuseppe Verdi) : il signore di BĂ©thune

Volpe astuta, La (Leóƥ Janåcek) : Harasta

Wozzeck (Alban Berg) : Erster Handwerksbursche (I garzone)
8/1/2001 - 18/4/2001  Birmingham UK, Birmingham Opera Company
8/1/2001 - 12/4/2001  Birmingham UK, Birmingham Opera Company

Wozzeck (Alban Berg) : Wozzeck

Zauberflöte, Die (Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart) : l’oratore
24/2/2003 - 7/7/2003  Leeds, Opera North

Zauberflöte, Die (Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart) : Papageno
24/8/1998 - 27/9/1998  Belfast, Grand Opera House

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