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Russell Watson

British tenor Russell Watson became an opera singer by freak occurrence. While he was regularly singing in bars and clubs in the Manchester suburbs, an owner of one such venue told Watson that he thought his voice was better suited for opera and requested that he learn Puccini's "Nessun Dorma," which he did and promptly added to his set. Watson eventually signed with Decca Records, issuing his debut, entitled The Voice, in September of 2000.

Nicknamed "the People's Tenor" (since he likes to chat with and seeks feedback from his fans), Watson converted more than a few opera naysayers as he covered such contemporary compositions as Freddie Mercury's "Barcelona (Friends Until the End)," Ultravox's "Vienna," and Simon & Garfunkel's "Bridge Over Troubled Water," in addition to the standards. With major success in the U.K., Europe, and Australia, Watson returned with his second album, Encore, just a year later, and 2002 saw the release of his platinum-selling third album Reprise. Amore Musica came in 2004, and while about to record its follow-up, Watson was diagnosed with a brain tumor. After a successful operation and recovery he returned to the studio to continue recording his fifth album, 2007's That's Life. With the tumor recurring just a year after the first operation, he returned again to hospital for emergency surgery, yet his sixth release, Outside In, came just a month later in November of 2007.

Returning to his musical career in 2008 with a new outlook on life, Watson released his eighth studio album, People Get Ready that same year. After signing a new contract with Sony in 2010, he returned to his classical roots with La Voce. A collection of classical and operatic songs recorded with the Roma Sinfonietta, the album was well-received by the press and seen as a return to form for the tenor. Tying in with the 2012 London Olympics and the Queen's Diamond Jubilee, Watson released a patriotic tenth album, Anthems: Music to Inspire a Nation, in May 2012. ~ Greg Prato & Rich Wilson, Rovi
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Selected Discography

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Track List: The Voice

Composer: Ennio Morricone
Title: Nella Fantasia, For Voice & Orchestra
Composer: Umberto Giordano
Title: Fedora, Opera
Composer: Stephen Warbeck
Title: Captain Corelli's Mandolin, Film Score
Composer: Lucio Dalla
Title: Caruso, For Voice & Orchestra
Composer: Zucchero
Title: Miserere, Song
Composer: César Franck
Title: Panis Angelicus For Tenor, Organ, Harp, Cello & Bass
Composer: Ernesto de Curtis
Title: Non Ti Scordar Di Me, For Voice & Orchestra (& Chorus Ad Lib)
Composer: Giuseppe Verdi
Title: Rigoletto, Opera
Composer: Nigel Hess
Title: Saylon Dola
Composer: Luigi Denza
Title: Funiculì Funiculà, For Voice & Orchestra (& Chorus Ad Lib)
Composer: Giacomo Puccini
Title: Turandot, Opera

Comments

helen56071
Amazing voice and so versatile. We love his music and followed his career from the early days. One time we were deep in the Australian bush by a little running creek, all alone and turned him up so loud it filled the clearing and wonderfully transported us.
What a touching story for this wonderful British singer I had not heard of in the US. Battling cancer can may us in more in tune to life pursuits. Love him for it.
marycames9
Great singer I heard him first on public broad casting.
I made a Russell Watson station- thumbs down to everything un-russ! My favorite tenor.
Russell Watson, OMG ! Need I say More
God Bless You Russell, Thanks for your Many Gifts
MARAVILLOSO! ! ! !
royaldmd
WOW! Just awesome! He has an amazing voice...it gives me chills.
Aint it the truth -- such a wonderful voice, such a wonderful message. It is so great that he has chosen to do Christian as well as Opera, to give us the privilege of hearing him!
He is my favorite opera singer. He just fills the soul and I never get tired of hearing his voice.
rickmaluchni k
I haven't heard a male singer this good . . . well maybe ever. What a magnificent voice . I could listen to him on and on.
It's a voice that you can listen for hours for enjoyment. the PBS Special did not do him justice
Absolutely love his voice. Could stand to listen to a whole station of just him.
My favorite Voice-need more of him!
elidaramos51
My husband and I enjoy the music from this remarkable artist....
emealsoriano 9
Please add more songs from his album "The Voice" to this station and other stations like Josh Ghroban and Sarah Brightman & Susan Boyle. Songs like Misere, Nella Fantasia, Bridge Over Trobled Water, Finniculi-Fi n n i c u l a and my favorite "Nessun Dorna"...a very good & powerful rendition of the song. Thanks...
Just recently found out about him. He is wonderful. Love his voice.
can hardly wait for his new album
He was born in 1966 not 1974....
ptrckhordon
He's always been one of my favorite vocalists!
t_heath
Saw him on PBS and have been impressed ever since,,, the voice he is!!!
holly.morris o n
AMEN!! What an amazing voice. Only our Father in heaven could have created such a beautiful voice.
dorothyheim
D.Heim
I would like to hear more of this beautiful voice on national TV and
PBS.
he is wonderful, will he sing again after his last surgery?
michaudr
The one. The only. The Voice!! What a vocal range.

"With a smile that touches your heart, The Voice that reaches your soul...Russe l l Watson!!!

Please note: Russell was born in 1966, not 1974.
excellent voice

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