Nathaniel Watson

Baritone

 

Nathaniel Watson

Baritone

 

Nathaniel Watson is a versatile artist who has performed successfully in a wide variety of musical styles. He has sung with most of the leading Early Music ensembles of North America as well as more mainstream symphony orchestras, and has some thirty-five operatic roles in his repertoire. Highlights include Der Freischütz with the New York Philharmonic under Sir Colin Davis, Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 under Kurt Masur and in Carnegie Hall with Sir Roger Norrington in the conductor’s debut concert in America. He appeared in the title role in the Boston Early Music Festival production of Cavalli’s Ercole amante in Boston, at Tanglewood, and at the Utrecht Festival in Holland, and was featured in the Salzburg Festival production of Weill’s Mahagonny. He has appeared as soloist with the orchestras of Boston, Baltimore, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Houston, Tokyo, Seattle, Santiago de Chile, Montréal, Québec, Vancouver, Calgary and Toronto.

Mr. Watson’s recent seasons have included performances of Bach’s Christmas Oratorio with Nicholas McGegan and Philharmonia Baroque, Messiah with the National Symphony at the Kennedy Center, Mendelssohn’s Paulus with the L’Orchestre symphonique de Québec, Purcell’s King Arthur with the Calgary Philharmonic, and Mahler’s Das Lied von der Erde in Victoria with Benjamin Butterfield and the faculty of UVic.  He recently appeared in his 20th engagement with Toronto’s Tafelmusik, where he’s been a regular guest soloist since 1987. The 2015-2016 season included return engagements with Tafelmusik, Symphony Nova Scotia, and the Newfoundland Symphony.

Other recent engagements have included Handel’s Solomon and Mozart’s Requiem with Tafelmusik, the St. John Passion with Edmonton’s Richard Eaton Singers and Kitchener’s Grand Philharmonic Choir, the St. Matthew Passion with the Elora Festival Singers, Schubert’s Mass in E-Flat with The Florida Orchestra, and  Haydn’s Missa Sancti Nicolai for the Calgary Philharmonic.  He debuted with Musica Angelica in Los Angeles in Pergolesi’s La Serva Padrona, with soprano Christine Brandes and has sung  Mahler’s Symphony No. VIII with Yoav Talmi and L’Orchestre symphonique de Québec, Purcell and Handel for Philharmonia Baroque, Mozart and Haydn with Tafelmusik, Ruth Fazal’s Oratorio Terezin in Montreal, and returned to Quebec for Carmina Burana.  He starred in Semele for Pacific Opera Victoria, and returned to the concert platform for Messiah in Indianapolis, Brahms’ Requiem in Quebec and Newfoundland, Handel’s Saul at Harvard University and Monteverdi’s Il combattimento di Tancredi et Clorinda for Toronto Masque Theatre. Further credits include Purcell’s King Arthur (Tafelmusik), Bach’s St. John Passion with the Calgary Philharmonic, The Faerie Queen (Montreal Baroque Festival), and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 the Kitchener Waterloo Symphony and l’Orchestre symphonique de Trois-Rivieres.  Further credits include Rameau’s Les Indes Galantes for Boston Baroque, King Arthur for Vancouver Early Music, Bach’s St. John Passion in Montreal, St. Matthew Passion for the Richard Eaton Singers in Edmonton and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 for L’Orchestre symphonique de Québec. 

Mr. Watson has been heard throughout Canada many times on the CBC and on Radio-Canada, performing in recital, and with Tafelmusik, les Violons du Roy, and other ensembles. His discography includes Honegger’s Jeanne d’Arc au bûcher with Kurt Masur and the New York Philharmonic, Scarlatti’s Agar et Ismaele esiliati with Seattle Baroque and Polyphemus in Acis and Galatea with Les Boréades de Montréal.  He has also recorded works by the American composers Samuel Barber, Philip Glass, Andrew Imbrie, and Claudio Spies, as well as premiering works by Mr. Spies, Miriam Gideon, Scott Lindroth, Ronald Perera, Lewis Spratlan, Chan Ka Nin and Earl Kim. An American living in Montreal and a graduate of the Eastman School and the Yale School of Music, Watson has been featured soloist in Fazal’s Oratorio Terezin, a work that has been performed in six countries, including Israel, and in Carnegie Hall.                                                    

 

September 2016

CONCERT

Bach Matthäus Passion
Johannes Passion
Mass in B Minor
Weihnachts Oratorium
Magnificat in D
Oster Oratorium
Ich habe genug
All Cantatas
Beethoven Christus am Ölberg
Symphony No. 9
Mass in C
Brahms Ein Deutsches Requiem
Britten War Requiem
Cantata Misericordium
Copland Old American Songs
Dvorák Te Deum
Elgar The Dream of Gerontius
Fauré Requiem
Fazel, R. Oratorio Terezin
Handel Messiah
Saul
Acis and Galatea
Judas Maccabaeus
Israel in Egypt
L’Allegro, Il penseroso ed il moderato
Solomon
Haydn Die Schöpfung
Harmoniemesse
Lord Nelson Mass
Paukenmesse
Theresienmess
Honegger Jeanne d’Arc au Bûcher
Mendelssohn Paulus
Elijah
Die Erste Walpurgisnacht
Mozart Requiem
Krönungsmesse
Mass in C-minor
Vesperae solennes de confessore
Rossini Petite Messe Solennelle
Saint-Saëns Requiem
Schubert All Masses
Schumann Scenes from Faust

 

20th Century

Britten War Requiem
Cantata Misericordium
Rejoice in the Lamb
Copland Old American Songs
Elgar The Dream of Gerontius
Duruflé Requiem
Honegger Jeanne d’Arc au bûcher
Maxwell Davies Le Jongleur de Notre-Dame
Nielsen Sinfonia espansiva
Orff Carmina Burana
Rachmaninoff The Bells
Respighi Laud to the Nativity
Stravinsky Requiem Canticles
Les Noces
Vaughan Williams A Sea Symphony
Five Mystical Songs

 

OPERATIC

Argento Shoe Salesman THE POSTCARD FROM MOROCCO
Britten Sid/Vicar
Demetrius
Noye
ALBERT HERRING
A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM
NOYE’S FLUDDE
Cavalli Ercole ERCOLE AMANTE
Cherubini Mikéli LES DEUX JOURNÉES
Gluck Agamemnon IPHIGÉNIE EN AULIDE
Handel   RADAMISTO
AGRIPPINA
EZIO
SOSARME
ATALANTA
ACIS AND GALATEA
Mozart Count/Figaro
Sprecher
Alfonso
LE NOZZE DI FIGARO
DIE ZAUBERFLÖTE
COSI FAN TUTTE
Puccini Schaunard
Marco
LA BOHÈME
GIANNI SCHICCHI
Purcell Aeolus
Aeneas
KING ARTHUR
DIDO AND AENEAS
Rameau Alcée/Eurilas
Pollux
LES FÊTES D’HÉBÉ
CASTOR ET POLLUX
Rossini Figaro
Dandini
Tombonok
Duglas
IL BARBIERE DI SIVIGLIA
LA CENERENTOLA
IL VIAGGIO A REIMS
LA DONNA DEL LAGO
Tchaikovsky Onegin
Dunois
EUGENE ONEGIN
THE MAID OF ORLEANS
Ullman, Viktor Overall DER KAISER VON ATLANTIS
Weber Kilian DER FREISCHÜTZ

 

“…and nothing but praise for Nathanial Watson. What a wonderful baritone this Montreal singer is!…really flexible bel canto singing and the only one who really troubled to embellish Handel’s notes with the rhetoric of opera.”

The Vancouver Sun – Lloyd Dykk

 

“Baritone Nathaniel Watson offered an especially resonant mellow quality in his extensive passages.

His solo in the IN THE TAVERN section was handled well and another section near the end required that he sing a kind of baritonal falsetto for effect. In all, he fully substantiated his reputation as an excellent oratorio and opera soloist with some of the world’s major orchestras.”

Morning Call (Pennsylvania) – Paul Schlueter

 

“Watson was customarily amazing, his baritone authoritative, quite capable of coloratura in long lines, and heroic in The trumpet shall sound

The Vancouver Sun – Lloyd Dykk

Listen

“Das Brausen von den rauhen Winden”

BWV 92, No. 6  by Bach

 

 “Mache dich, mein Herze, rein” from St. Matthew Passion by Bach