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Born London.

English bass.

Keel Watson trained at Trinity College of Music, winning the American Express Prize for Outstanding Performance (1998).

Operatic roles have included Caronte L'Orfeo (ENO), Papageno (Mid Wales Opera), Elder The Country of the Blind (Aldeburgh Festival/ENO Contemporary Opera Studio), Bosun Billy Budd (ROH), and Tonio Pagliacci (Opera Holland Park). With the Lyon Opera he sang Frazier in Porgy and Bess in a staging that toured to the Edinburgh Festival. He has worked regularly with ETO, singing major roles including Bartolo, Don Pasquale and Fiesco.

Recordings include Harasta Cunning Little Vixen (BBC cartoon).

Roles in Scotland

Bartolo a doctor, the Countess's former guardian
Nozze di Figaro 2004
Don Pasquale a wealthy, elderly bachelor
Don Pasquale 2010
Frazier a 'lawyer'
Porgy and Bess 2010
Jacopo Fiesco a patrician, later disguised as Andrea Grimaldi
Simon Boccanegra 2013
Commendatore an elderly aristocrat
Don Giovanni 2022

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