The English tenot, Nicholas Watts, trained at the Royal College of Music and graduated from the Benjamin Britten International Opera School. Whilst at the RCM he won the prestigious Concerto Prize in 2001 performing Benjamin Britten’s Serenade for Tenor, Horn and Strings.
Nicholas Watts’ operatic roles have included Contino Belfiore in La Finta Giardiniera at the Royal Opera House, Liberto/Tribune/1st Soldier in L’Incoronazione di Poppea for the Theater an der Wien, Ferrando in Cosi fan Tutte for Opera North, Lucano/1st Soldier in The Coronation of Poppea, Odoardo in Ariodante and Spirit/Shepherd in Orfeo for English National Opera, Oronte in L’Incoronazione di Dario and Serano/Bertram in La Donna del Lago for Garsington Festival Opera, Acis in Acis & Galatea for Christian Curnyn and Transition Opera. In addition, he has covered Ferrando in Cosi fan Tutte and Pedrillo in Escape from the Seraglio for Opera North, Novice in Billy Budd and the tenor roles in King Arthur for ENO and Giacomo in La Donna del Lago for Garsington.
Nicholas Watts was a soloist on Les Arts Florissants' 2007 Jardin des Voix tour which included performances in some of Europe’s most prestigious concert halls and opera houses, as well as the Lincoln Center in New York. He has also sung the Evangelist in J.S. Bach’s Weihnachts-Oratorium (BWV 248) for Les Arts Florissants, the tenor solos for the Hallé Orchestra in both the Messiah and J.S. Bach’s St. Matthew Passion (BWV 244), the latter conducted by Mark Elder, and Theodora for Laurence Cummings and the London Handel Orchestra in Oslo.
Future projects include a return to the Theater an der Wien to sing Scaramuccio in Ariadne auf Naxos, Eustazio in Armida for Garsington and George Frideric Handel’s Messiah for the London Handel Orchestra in Oslo.