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Robert Watson


American tenor Robert Watson, a native of Kansas City, made his professional debut as a Noble in Wagner’s Lohengrin with San Francisco Opera. The following season, Watson returned to SFO to create the role of Henry Cox in the world premiere of Picker’s Dolores Claiborne.

Watson is a member of the ensemble of Deutsche Oper Berlin where he has performed a multitude of roles including Ismaele in Nabucco, Grigori in Boris Godunov and Bois-Rose in Les Huguenots.

Watson has been a two-time Filene Young Artist at Wolf Trap Opera where he sang Lieutenant B.F. Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly with the National Symphony Orchestra; Begearss in Corigliano’s The Ghosts of Versailles; and the titular character in Milhaud’s Le pauvre matelot. He is an alumnus of the Merola Opera Program at San Francisco Opera, the Opera Santa Barbara Studio, the Palm Beach Opera Benenson Young Artist Program, and the Dolora Zajick Institute for Young Dramatic Voices.

Watson has appeared in concert as the tenor soloist in Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 with the Philadelphia Orchestra and the Kansas City Symphony, and in Verdi's Requiem with the Florence Masterwork's Choral Society. He has performed in recital at The Phillips Collection in Washington, DC.

Watson attended the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and is a graduate of Oklahoma City University Bass School of Music.