ENO1920 Madam Butterfly: Keel Watson

Keel Watson


Keel Watson studied singing and trombone at Trinity College of Music with Elizabeth Hawes and Roger Brenner.

Currently for ENO: Zuniga Carmen, The Bonze Madam Butterfly.

Previously for ENO: Mars Orpheus in the Underworld, Aye Akhnaten and Dr Bartolo The Marriage of Figaro

Career Highlights

Notable engagements elsewhere: Zuniga Carmen (Teatro São Carlos, Lisbon), the UK premiere of Defiant Requiem: Verdi at Terezín (Durham) and King Shariyaati in the world premiere of Ravi Shankar’s opera Sukayna (ROH and LPO). Other roles performed include Bosun Billy Budd (ROH); Fasolt Das Rheingold (Lisbon, Palermo); Iago Otello, Dosifey Khovanshchina, Don Pizarro Fidelio (Birmingham Opera); Zuniga, Mandryka Arabella (Opera North). He has also performed regularly with Opera Holland Park and English Touring Opera. He also appeared as Second Armed Man in Kenneth Branagh’s 2006 film version of The Magic Flute. Major concert engagements include the concert version of Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess (Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra and RSNO); Carmina Burana (RFH) and A Child of our Time (CBSO).

Forthcoming: Monterone Rigoletto (OHP).

Last updated: 29th January 2020