02 July 2007

Graduate is runner-up in Cardiff singer of the World competition

Photo: Elizabeth Watts

University of Sheffield alumna Elizabeth Watts was runner-up in the Cardiff Singer of the World competition in June. Elizabeth, one of 25 singers to make it to the finals, was also the overall winner of the Rosenblatt Recital Song Prize.

She graduated with a first in Archaeology before winning a scholarship to the Royal College of Music Britten International Opera School in 2002. She has won numerous prizes, most recently the 2006 Kathleen Ferrier Prize and the MIDEM 2007 Outstanding Young Artist Award.

Elizabeth joined English National Opera’s Young Singers’ Programme in 2005 where her roles have included Barbarina in Le Nozze de Figaro, Papagena in Die Zauberflöte and roles in King Arthur. Future roles include Susanna in Le Nozze di Figaro with Santa Fe Opera in 2008.

More than 1,000 singers applied to take part in the competition, with 677 auditioning in 44 locations worldwide. This biennial competition has become known throughout the classical music world as the premier showcase for opera and concert singers at the start of their careers.

As winner of the Song Prize, Elizabeth receives a prize of £5,000 and a recital in the prestigious Rosenblatt Recital Series at St John’s Smith Square in London.

Elizabeth is delighted with the exposure the competition has brought her – “To win the song prize and be in the final was an absolute joy.”