Austria honours an American sopranomain
On January 19, Linda Watson will be decorated at the Vienna State Opera with the title Kammersängerin, a decoration that dates back to Mozartian times.
Watson, 60, will be singing Ortrud that night in Wagner’s Lohengrin.
Originally from California, she was brought to Vienna as a mezzo-soprano by Leonard Bernstein to sing in his opera, A Quiet Place. She went on to become an ensemble member in Leipzig and Düsseldorf, moving on to a major international career with more Ring recordings to her credit than – it is reckoned – any soprano still active.