Hailed by Opera News for his “solid, ringing tones” and The Dallas Morning News for his “well-wrought tenor, with baritonal richness in the lower register and a fine blaze on top,” American tenor Robert Watson made his professional debut with San Francisco Opera in 2012 as a Noble in Wagner’s Lohengrin. The following season, he returned to SFO to create the role of Henry Cox in the world premiere of Picker’s Dolores Claiborne.
In 2016, Mr. Watson became a member of the esteemed ensemble of Deutsche Oper Berlin where he has performed a multitude of roles including Ismaele in Nabucco, Grigori in Boris Godunov, Bois-Rose in Les Huguenots, Cavaradossi in Tosca, Erik in Der fliegende Holländer, and the messenger in Aïda. The 2018-2019 season saw him as a soloist for Verdi’s Requiem, Alfred in Die Federmaus, the title role in Les contes d’Hoffman, Grigorij in Boris Godunov, Don José in Carmen, and Narraboth in Salome, all with Deutsche Oper Berlin. In addition, he made debuts as the Prince in Rusalka with Stadttheater Klagenfurt, Don José with San Diego Opera, Cavaradossi in Tosca with Washington National Opera, and the Drum Major in Wozzeck with Des Moines Metro Opera. The 2019-2020 season includes a debut with The Dallas Opera as Don Carlo and a return to Deutsche Oper Berlin for productions of Die Fledermaus, Jenufa, Les Huguenots, Carmen, Madama Butterfly, Der fliegende Holländer, and Parsifal.