Well it’s all been happening for Elizabeth in the past year or so but the busy-ness of twins Cecily & Rose has made it difficult to keep the news flowing… Highlights include her role debut as Donna Elvira with Welsh National Opera which went swimmingly plus several concerts with Sir Simon Rattle of which Britten’s Spring Symphony is due to be released on CD.
Other CD releases forthcoming include Vaughan Williams 3rd Symphony with the BBC Symphony and Martyn Brabbins and Handel’s Brockes Passion with the Academy of Ancient Music. The latter was only recorded on Good Friday 2019 but is being rush released to celebrate 300 years since its premiere. A new edition was prepared for the recording and you will be treated to a full 16 arias of La Watts!
Of course no summary of the last year would be complete without mention of Liz’s outing on Celebrity University Challenge, with a memorable split second recognition of The Smiths winning her one of many starters for 10. All in a day’s work for a diva…
Elizabeth is excited to announce that she is expecting twins in October. Having sung Mahler 2 as her last concert of the year at the Proms on 18th August she is on maternity leave until her role debut as Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni with Welsh National Opera in February 2018. Elizabeth is very much looking forward to getting her tonsils round a new part in an opera she so enjoyed singing Zerlina in previously. She hopes the twinkles will enjoy it too!
Elizabeth has been made a Fellow of the Royal College of Music, her alma mater. HRH Prince Charles presented her with the award at a ceremony at the college in March. Elizabeth is delighted and proud to have been awarded such an honour from the college where she had such happy times.
Elizabeth recently scored a major success in her role debut as Amanda in Ligeti’s Le Grand Macabre with the LSO and Sir Simon Rattle. She has also written a piece for the Guardian about the process of learning this very difficult music. You can read it here:
Warning: may contain jokes
Elizabeth’s recent performance as Josephine in Gilbert & Sullivan’s HMS Pinafore at the Edinburgh Festival was released on CD on 20th May 2016. The cast also includes John Mark Ainsley, Toby Spence and Hilary Summers, the story narrated by the evergreen Tim Brooke-Taylor. This saucy ship’s a beauty…
Elizabeth has been included as a new entry in the 2016 edition of Who’s Who, the well known UK dictionary of biography. This starts an exciting year for her, which includes her role debut as the Countess in the Marriage of Figaro.
Elizabeth is thrilled that her new CD of Mozart arias with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra and maestro Christian Baldini has been chosen as Classic FM’s Disc of the Week.
The CD will be released on 15th June and is available to pre-order at your favourite record store.
It follows hot on the heels of the release of Elizabeth’s recordings of Bach St Matthew Passion and Mahler Symphony No 4. Her disc of virtuoso arias by Alessandro Scarlatti will be released in October, making it a MegaWatts year for CDs!
Take a look at this month’s Gramophone magazine to check out Elizabeth’s article on the soprano Gundula Janowitz. In the Icons feature, Elizabeth explores this wonderful singer’s career, repertoire and discography.