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Helen Watts

Singer details:

Voice: Contralto
Nationality: Welsh
Year of Birth: 1927
Year of Death: 2009

About Helen Watts:

Helen Watts CBE (7 December 1927 – 7 October 2009) was a Welsh contralto.

Helen Josephine Watts was born in Milford Haven, Pembrokeshire, Wales. Her father was a pharmacist. She was educated at Taskers School for Girls in Haverfordwest, the Abbots Bromley School for Girls and at the Royal Academy of Music.

She began her career with the Glyndebourne Festival Chorus, and was a regular broadcaster on the Welsh Home Service. She subsequently had a distinguished career as an opera singer. She sang Bach arias at her debut at The Proms, in 1955. She toured the Soviet Union with the English Opera Group in 1964, singing the lead in The Rape of Lucretia. She was also known for her 1969 performances as Mistress Quickly in Verdi's Falstaff with the Welsh National Opera. In 1969, her voice was described by a critic as "not particularly large, but the general purity and warmth of its tone gives it a direct, communicative power. And the singer uses it with taste and imagination."

The many recordings by Helen Watts included a "monumental" edition of forty Bach cantatas, with Helmuth Rilling conducting the Bach-Collegium Stuttgart. She also made multiple recordings as a soloist in Handel's Messiah, various roles in Wagner's Ring cycle, and an album of Welsh songs with the Treorchy male voice choir. She was asked to choose her favorite recording, book, and luxury as a guest on BBC Radio 4's Desert Island Discs in 1970. They were: Favourite track: Betrachte Meine Seele, from the St. John Passion by Johann Sebastian Bach; Book: Illustrated book on gardening; Luxury: Velasquez, The Maids of Honour, (Las Meninas) in the Prado.

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More Arias, Duets and Ensembles performed by Helen Watts

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Nr.Title scenePopularityOperaComposerActTypeVoicesLang.Roles
1The Queen of Carthage Popularity:

Opera: Dido and AeneasComposer: PurcellAct: 2.03

Type: ariaVoice: mezzoLanguage: English

Roles: Sorceress
2Un zeffiro spiro Popularity:

Opera: RodelindaComposer: HandelAct: 3.01-2

Type: ariaVoice: countertenor or contraltoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Unulfo
3Wayward sisters you that fright Popularity:

Opera: Dido and AeneasComposer: PurcellAct: 2.01

Type: ariaVoice: mezzoLanguage: English

Roles: Sorceress
4Ruin'd ere the set of sun Popularity:

Opera: Dido and AeneasComposer: PurcellAct: 2.05

Type: recitativeVoice: mezzoLanguage: English

Roles: Sorceress
5Our next motion Popularity:

Opera: Dido and AeneasComposer: PurcellAct: 3.04

Type: ariaVoice: mezzoLanguage: English

Roles: Sorceress
6On the Day When I Was Wedded Popularity:

Opera: Gondoliers, TheComposer: SullivanAct:

Type: ariaVoice: mezzoLanguage: English

Roles:
7When a Merry Maiden Marries Popularity:

Opera: Gondoliers, TheComposer: SullivanAct:

Type: ariaVoice: mezzoLanguage: English

Roles:
8Ma giunge Unulfo Popularity:

Opera: RodelindaComposer: HandelAct: 1.06-3

Type: recitativeVoice: cT/cA cT/cALanguage: Italian

Roles: Bertarido/Unulfo
9Baci inutili e vani Popularity:

Opera: RodelindaComposer: HandelAct: 1.08-1

Type: recitativeVoice: B cT/cA cT/cA SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Garibaldo/Bertarido/Unulfo/Rodelinda
10Non temere, Signore! Popularity:

Opera: RodelindaComposer: HandelAct: 3.04-1

Type: recitativeVoice: cA SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Eduige/Rodelinda
11Del german nel periglio Popularity:

Opera: RodelindaComposer: HandelAct: 3.01-1

Type: recitativeVoice: cA cT/cALanguage: Italian

Roles: Eduige/Unulfo
12Unulfo, Garibaldo, in questo seno Popularity:

Opera: RodelindaComposer: HandelAct: 2.04-1

Type: recitativeVoice: cT/cA T BLanguage: Italian

Roles: Unulfo/Grimoaldo/Garibaldo
13Massime cosi indegne Popularity:

Opera: RodelindaComposer: HandelAct: 2.04-3

Type: recitativeVoice: cT/cA BLanguage: Italian

Roles: Unulfo/Garibaldo
14Ah, no, che non m'inganna Popularity:

Opera: RodelindaComposer: HandelAct: 2.05-2

Type: recitativeVoice: cT/cA cT/cA cALanguage: Italian

Roles: Unulfo/Bertarido/Eduige
15Amico, ah, che a me duole Popularity:

Opera: RodelindaComposer: HandelAct: 3.05-1

Type: recitativeVoice: cT/cA cT/cALanguage: Italian

Roles: Bertarido/Unulfo
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