Austria honours an American soprano

Austria honours an American soprano


norman lebrecht

January 09, 2020

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.



  • John Russell says:

    Great talent and wonderful, kind person, Linda Watson. CONGRATULATIONS!!! I’m so proud to have been your friend for over 40 years, with lots more to come!❤️❤️❤️
    John Russell

  • Patty says:

    Such an exceptional singer. I love to hear my dear cousin sing. Sending love and Congratulations!