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Gillian watson


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Gillian Watson has been celebrated for her ability to seamlessly blend a radiant shimmer with a resonant depth, ​resulting in a sound that has been described as possessing "both power and incredible sweetness."

Most recently, Ms. Watson was seen as Alice Ford in Verdi’s Falstaff with Lyric Opera of Orange County which ​was both her company and role debut and as Woglinda in Das Rheingold with New York Dramatic Voices Winter ​Program. In the spring of 2023, Watson joined Regina Opera where she portrayed Giorgetta in their standalone ​production of Puccini's Il Tabarro. Additionally, she returned to NYDV to sing the roles of Fourth Maid and ​Confidant in their full production of Strauss’ Elektra.

In the Fall of 2023, Watson was awarded The Adele T Rossano Memorial Encouragement Award from the SAS ​Performing Arts Company. She was also a semi-finalist in the Music International Grand Prix.

Previous season highlights include Donna Anna and Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni, Fiordiligi in Cosi fan tutte, ​Countess Almaviva in Le nozze di Figaro, Rosalinda in Die Fledermaus, Mimi in La bohème, Gertrude in Hänsel ​und Gretel, Desdemona in Verdi’s Otello, the title roles in Tchaikovsky's Iolanta and Floyd’s Susannah (cover).

Ms. Watson holds both her Bachelor and Master of Music degrees from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music.

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Don Giovanni - Mozart

Piano: Matthew Lobaugh

Recorded June 29, 2024

or sai chi l’onor​e

Pa​gliacci - Leoncavallo

Piano: Matthew Lobaugh

Recorded June 29, 2024

Stridono lassù

Il Tabarro - Pu​ccini

Piano: Mun-tzung Wong

Recorded July 22, 2023

E ben altro il mio sogno

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Pictures by Grace Stockdale | Makeup + Hair by Lindsay Lavin

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“Gillian Watson is new to us and we were glad to have her brought to our attention. Her bright and powerful instrument was put to good use in "Mi tradi" from Mozart's Don Giovanni. She evinced a fine vibrato and successfully negotiated the melismatic arpeggi. She limned the character of Donna Elvira with fine vocal control combined with generous use of gesture.

Later in the program we heard her fine French in "Il est doux, il est bon" from the seldom performed Hérodiade by Massenet.”

- Voce di Meche -

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"Gillian Watson acted the role of Joan [of Arc] with fiery eyes... her luminous range fits the role."

- Huffington Post -

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