Byron Watson is one of Australia’s leading young baritones, and has performed on the operatic and musical theatre stages around the world. Byron completed an Honours Music degree at London’s Guildhall School of Music and Drama (GSMD), and the Opera School of the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama (RSAMD). In 2013, he was nominated for Helpmann and Green Room awards, the Australian and Victorian theatre awards, for a role he created in Melbourne.
He played the role of Ray Clark in the world premiere of Midnight Son for Victorian Opera, for which he was nominated for in a 2013 Helpmann Award and 2013 Green Room Award. Other notable credits include being the bass soloist in Bottesini’s Messa di Requiem in the Brisbane Festival, quintet in the French premiere of Sweeney Todd at Le Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris, Stubb in Helpmann Award-winning Moby Dick and Moralès in Carmen for the State Opera of South Australia, Wolf and Cinderella’s Prince in Into the Woods, for ROH2 at Linbury Studio Theatre for the Royal Opera House, London.
Also in the United Kingdom, Byron sang the title role of Pig in the world premiere of Jonathan Dove’s opera, The Enchanted Pig, for the Young Vic Theatre Company, which toured nationally. He’s given concerts with Sir Roger Norrington, Thomas Adès, Northern Sinfonia, Royal Scottish National Orchestra and recitals in Oslo, Portugal, Germany, Canada, Australia and NZ. Previous notable engagements include the roles of Mr Lindquist and Frid in A Little Night Music and Harry in My Fair Lady with Opera Australia. He has been broadcast BBC Radio 3, ABC Classic FM, ABC television, 2GB Radio, and played the role of Anthony in BBC feature film Tomorrow La Scala, world premiere at Cannes Film Festival.