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."
Her upcoming engagements include both her role and company debut as Alice Ford in Verdi’s Falstaff with Lyric Opera of Orange County. She has also been invited to sing Fiordiligi in the Act I finale of Cosi fan tutte in concert for SAS Performing Arts Company Emerald Opera Gala.
Most recently, Ms. Watson was seen as Woglinda in Das Rheingold with New York Dramatic Voices (NYDV) 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 Fouth Maid and Confidant in their full production of Strauss’ Elektra.
Additionally, in 2023 Watson was awarded The Adele T Rossano Memorial Encouragement Award from the SAS Performing Arts Company. She is also a semi-finalist in the Music International Grand Prix (results to be announced in spring of 2024).
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).
Pictures by Grace Stockdale | Makeup + Hair by Lindsay Lavin
“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.”
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"Gillian Watson acted the role of Joan [of Arc] with fiery eyes... her luminous range fits the role."