Keel Watson Obituary: The Opera communities in U.K are mourning the tragic death of famous British bass-baritone singer Keel Watson who passed away Wednesday.On November 8, 2023, Keel, who debuted in the Royal Opera in 2000 as Bosun (Billy Budd), passed away unexpectedly. The adored singer reportedly had a medical emergency and was declared dead. As a cherished member of the opera singers community, Keel has since made a comeback, singing Caterpillar (Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland) with Opera Holland Park at the Royal Opera House and King Sharyaati (Sukanya, world premiere) in a co-production between The Royal Opera, London Philharmonic Orchestra, and Curve, Leicester.
Who Was Keel Watson?
Keel Watson attended Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance to study trombone and vocals. His operatic engagements include Teatro Massimo di Palermo and Teatro Nacional de São Carlos’s Fasolt (Das Rheingold) and Zuniga (Carmen). Frazier (Porgy and Bess) for Opéra de Lyon and the Edinburgh International Festival, Caronte (Orfeo) for English National Opera and Opera Zuid, King (Aida) for the Bregenz Festival, Reinmar von Zweter (Tannhäuser) for Greek National Opera, Nourabad (Les Pêcheurs de perles), Elder Ott (Susannah) for Angers Nantes Opéra, Oroveso (Norma) for Opera Holland Park, and Doctor (Punch and Judy) for Casa do Música, Porto Don Giovanni Commendatore for Mid Wales Opera, Don Pasquale and Fiesco (Simon Boccanegra) for English Touring Opera, Dosifey (Khovanshchina) and Iago (Otello) for Birmingham Opera Company, and Mandryka for Opera North (Arabella). According to his official profile, Watson frequently appears in modern opera, creating roles such as Elder in Turnage’s The Country of the Blind and Parlaine in Dove’s The Palace in the Sky.
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