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, Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall and Boston’s Symphony Hall. 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.
Opera audiences have heard Ms. Watson in productions with Boston Lyric Opera, Opera New England, Odyssey Opera, Opera Boston, Boston University Opera Institute, Opera Providence, Opera Theater of Pittsburgh, Five College Opera and Intermezzo Opera in such roles as Anne Trulove in The Rake’s Progress, Tytania in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Adele in Die Fledermaus, Polly Peachum in The Beggar’s Opera, and 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.
Ms. Watson has received particular acclaim for her interpretations of Baroque repertoire, performing as soloist for the San Francisco Early Music Society, Trinity Wall Street, Boston Early Music Festival, Aston Magna Festival, North Carolina Symphony, Masterwork Chorus of New Jersey, Duke Chapel Choir, Arcadia Players, and Musicians of the Old Post Road. Also an advocate of contemporary music, she has premiered works by composers such as Julian Grant, Eric Sawyer and Francine Trester. Additional solo performances include Gulf Coast Symphony, Topeka Symphony and Albany Pro Musica, and frequent appearances with New England-based organizations such as the Boston Modern Orchestra Project, A Far Cry, Boston Landmarks Orchestra and Cape Cod Symphony.
Originally from Kansas, Ms. Watson holds degrees from Carnegie Mellon University and Boston University and teaches privately at Brandeis University.