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Keel Watson



Keel Watson in action.
Keel Watson as King Sharyaati in Sukanya, The Royal Opera, London Philharmonic Orchestra and Curve © 2017 ROH. Photograph by Bill Cooper

British bass-baritone Keel Watson made his Royal Opera debut in 2000 as Bosun (Billy Budd). He has since returned sung Caterpillar (Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland) with Opera Holland Park at the Royal Opera House, and King Sharyaati (Sukanya, world premiere), in a co-production between The Royal Opera, London Philharmonic Orchestra and Curve, Leicester.

Watson studied singing and trombone at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance. Opera engagements include Fasolt (Das Rheingold) and Zuniga (Carmen) for Teatro Nacional de São Carlos and Teatro Massimo di Palermo, King (Aida) for Bregenz Festival, Reinmar von Zweter (Tannhäuser) for Greek National Opera, Frazier (Porgy and Bess) for Opéra de Lyon and the Edinburgh International Festival, Caronte (Orfeo) for English National Opera and Opera Zuid, Doctor (Punch and Judy) for Casa da Música, Porto, Elder Ott (Susannah) for Angers Nantes Opéra, Nourabad (Les Pêcheurs de perles) and Oroveso (Norma) for Opera Holland Park, Commendatore (Don Giovanni) for Mid Wales Opera, Dosifey (Khovanshchina) and Iago (Otello) for Birmingham Opera Company, Don Pasquale and Fiesco (Simon Boccanegra) for English Touring Opera and Mandryka (Arabella) for Opera North. Watson regularly performs in contemporary opera, his role creations including Elder (Turnage’s The Country of the Blind) and Parlaine (Dove’s The Palace in the Sky).

Watson performs widely in concert in repertory including A Child of Our Time, Mahler’s Symphony no.8 and Verdi’s Requiem. His film credits including Second Armed Man (Kenneth Branagh’s The Magic Flute) and Harašta (Geoff Dunbar’s The Cunning Little Vixen).