Austria honours an American soprano

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.


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  • 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!

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