Helen Watts


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(b Milford Haven, 1927; d Pembrokeshire, Wales, 2009).

Welsh contralto. Joined Glyndebourne and BBC choruses. London concert début 1955 (Prom). Opera début London 1958 (Didymus in Handel's Theodora) with Handel Opera Soc., later singing other Handel roles. Toured USSR with EOG 1964. Salzburg Fest. début 1964; CG 1965–71; WNO 1969–83; Amer. début (NY) 1967. Specialist in oratorio, e.g. Elgar, Bach, Beethoven, Handel. CBE 1978.

Subjects: Opera.

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