Elizabeth Watts was born in Norwich, UK, where she sang in the cathedral choir. She studied archaeology before returning to music at the Royal College of Music (RCM) in London.
The young singer has already performed recitals, concerts and operas in several 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).
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. Also, she is a winner of the BBC New Generation Artist programme and was subsequently invited to be an artist-in-residence at the Southbank Centre in London.
Elizabeth Watts' recordings include Schubert Lieder, Strauss, The Complete Songs and Mozart arias with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, various works by Scarlatti and Bach with The English Concert, and most recently Haendel's Brockes Passion with the Academy of Ancient Music.
Elizabeth was made an honorary Doctor of Music by Sheffield University in 2013 and a Fellow of the Royal College of Music in 2017.