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Nathaniel Watson (Baritone)

Born: 1955 - Boston, Massachusetts, USA

The American baritone, Nathaniel Watson, is a graduate of the Eastman School, and the Yale School of Music.

Nataniel Watson has earned critical acclaim as a versatile artist who performs in operatic roles, with symphony orchestras and with period instruments. He has made symphony appearances with the New York Philharmonic, under Sir Colin Davis and under Kurt Masur, and with the symphony orchestras of Houston Symphony Orchestra, Minnesota Orchestra, Montreal, Baltimore, San Francisco Symphony Orchestra, and Boston Symphony Orchestra. Operatic roles include Agamemnon in Gluck's Iphigenie en Aulide (L'Opera Francais de New York), Count Almaviva in W.A. Mozart's Le Nozze di Figaro (Opera Atelier, Toronto) and Sid in Benjamin Britten's Albert Herring at the composer's own Aldeburg Festival.

A devoted J.S. Bach singer, Nataniel Watson has recently been involved in recordings of the two J.S. Bach's Passions: the St. John Passion (BWV 245) under Eric Milnes on PGM recordings, and the St. Matthew Passion (BWV 244) under Jeffrey Thomas for Koch International, both with period instruments. He has sung all the major J.S. Bach works at St. Thomas Church in New York City, with the Bach Choir of Bethlehem at the Bethlehem Bach Festival (Pennsylvania), and in several other cites and Bach festivals throughout North America with such conductors as Nicholas McGegan, Jeffrey Thomas, Bernard Labadie, James Richman, Ton Koopman, and Peter Schreier. He performs regularly with the Concert Royal, Toronto's Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra, and other ensembles and for three years was a member of the Waverly Consort.

Nataniel Watson is also an accomplished recitalist and interpreter of contemporary idioms. He has performed often in collaboration with pianists Barbara Lister-Sink and Herbert Burtis since 1990, and has appeared with the New York Festival of Song and the Schubertiade at the 92nd St. Y in New York with the late Hermann Prey. He has recorded works by the American composers Samuel Barber, Philip Glass, Andrew Imbrie, and Claudio Spies, as well as premiering works by Spies, Miriam Gideon, Scott Lindroth, Ronald Perera, Lewis Spratlan, and Earl Kim.

Nataniel Watson has 15 CDís to his credit in repertoire spanning five centuries. He can be heard on recordings of Barber's Dover Beach (Amplitude) and George Frideric Handel's operas Sosarme (Newport Classics) and Ezio (Vox).

Nathaniel Watson lives in Montreal and in New York City.

Source: Master Singers of Westchester Website (April 2001); Nathaniel Watson Website
Contributed by
Aryeh Oron (August 2001)

Recordings of Bach Cantatas & Other Vocal Works




John Ferris


BWV 244

Arthur Haas


BWV 203

Eric J. Milnes


BWV 245

Jeffrey Thomas


BWV 244 [w/ American Bach Soloists]

Jeffrey Thomas


Member of American Bach Soloists:
V-2 (1996):
BWV 244

Alexander Weimann


BWV 245

Links to other Sites

Master Singers Soloists
Nathaniel Warson, Baritone Website

Herbert Burtis, Musician, Author, Educator: Students and Colleagues

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