Born in Norwich, UK, Elizabeth Watts sang in the cathedral choir of the City. She studied archaeology before returning to music at the Royal College of Music (RCM) in London.
Elizabeth was made an honorary Doctor of Music by Sheffield University in 2013 and a Fellow of the Royal College of Music in 2017.
She has received numerous awards, including the Kathleen Ferrier Prize in 2006, the Rosenblatt Recital Song Prize at the BBC Cardiff Singer of the World competition in 2007 and the Borletti-Buitoni Trust Award in 2011.
The singer has performed recitals, concerts and operas in several great musical halls: The Royal Opera House Covent Garden, Wigmore Hall, Welsh National Opera, BBC Proms, Santa Fe Opera, and the Handel and Haydn Society in Boston. She has performed Contessa (Le nozze di Figaro), Donna Elvira (Don Giovanni), Fiodiligi (Così fan tutte), Almirena (Rinaldo) and Marzelline (Fidelio) at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden.
This season Elizabeth will appear in concert, recital and on the opera stage returning to both Garsington Opera and the Wigmore Hall and, in concert, performing Vaughan Williams with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and Martyn Brabbins; Britten Les Illuminations with the Britten Sinfonia in Santander; Mahler with the BBC Symphony Orchestra and Ryan Wigglesworth; Beethoven with the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande conducted by Jonathan Nott; Mahler with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and Vasily Petrenko; Poulenc with the Residentie Orkest with Jun Märkl and Mozart concert arias with the Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne conducted by Christian Zacharias.