American soprano Linda Watson has appeared at many of the major opera houses of the world including the Deutsche Oper , Berlin, Teatro Real Madrid, Gran Teatro del Liceu Barcelona, Teatro alla Scala Milan, Nederlandse Opera, Opéra national de Paris, Wiener Staatsope r and at the Metropolitan Opera New York , with leading conductors including Claudio Abbado, Zubin Mehta, Jam es Levine, Valery Gergiev, Christian Thielemann, Antonio Pappano, Daniele Gatti, Esa - Pekka Salonen and Kent Nagano.
She began her career as a mezzo - soprano in Aachen and in 1995 joined the Leipzig Opera, where her roles included Venus Tannhäuser and Brangä ne Tristan und Isolde . She sang her first soprano role, Sieglinde Walküre , in Essen and subsequently joined the Deutsche Oper am Rhein where she also sang Leonore Fidelio , Ortrud Lohengrin , Kundry Parsifal , Feldmarschallin Der Rosenkavalier , Fäberin Die Frau ohne Schatten , Ariadne and Elektra.
Following the success of her first Brünnhilde Die W alküre in Tokyo, she reprised the role for the Washington National Opera, Deutsc he Oper, Nederlandse Opera, Théâtre du Châtelet Paris, Bayreuth er Festspiele an d the Metropolitan Opera. Other engagements include Leonore and Isolde in Japan with the Bayerische Staatsoper, Isolde for the Wiener Staatsope r, Elektra for the Festspielhaus Baden - Baden and in Buenos Aires, Sieglinde Die Walküre in Barcelona, Parsifal at the Seattle Opera, and the complete Ring Cycle for the Los Angeles Opera, Hamburgische Staatsoper and the Bayreuth er Festspiele . Most recently she sang Brünnhilde Götterdämmerung in Seville.
In 2014 she was nominated for the Principal Soloist Grammy Award for her participation in Christian Thielemann’s Ring recording.
Engagements this season include Ariadne and Turandot for the Deutsche Oper am Rhe in, Die Amme Die Frau ohne Schatten in Hamburg and Herodias Salome at the Wiener Staatsoper.