Andrew Watts is an international countertenor and Artistic Director of MAX - Musician and Artist Exchange Productions Limited. Previously Andrew founded and was Artistic Director of London Contemporary Opera with productions showcased throughout Europe and their writing and commissioning programme “Across the Frontiers” has bases in London, Berlin, Vienna and Paris. Andrew is also Professor of Singing at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and Vocal Coach to the Jette Parker Young Artist Programme at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden.
He was born in Middlesex and studied at the Royal Academy of Music. His operatic engagements include appearances with the Royal Opera Covent Garden, English National Opera, Glyndebourne Festival, Welsh National Opera, and BBC Proms, as well as throughout Europe including Milan, Paris, Berlin, Hamburg, Munich, Vienna, Madrid, Salzburg and Aix-en-Provence. His repertoire includes Arsamenes XERXES, title role ORLANDO, Ottone AGRIPPINA, Nero and Nutrice L’INCORONAZIONE DI POPPEA, Oberon A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM, Orestes LA BELLE HÈLÈNE, Prince Go-Go LE GRAND MACABRE and many world premieres including Snake Priestess in Harrison Birtwistle’s THE MINOTAUR, Cherubino in Elena Langer’s FIGARO GETS A DIVORCE, White Rabbit and March Hare in Unsuk Chin’s ALICE IN WONDERLAND and Olga Neuwirth’s LOST HIGHWAY.
Recent engagements include Baba the Turk THE RAKE’S PROGRESS for Stanislavsky Theatre, Moscow, Edgar in Reimann’s LEAR for Opéra de Paris and Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, Queequeq in Olga Neuwirth’s THE OUTCAST for Wien Modern, Skorpionmensch in Jörg Widmann’s BABYLON for Berlin Staatsoper, Orestes LA BELLE HÈLÈNE for Hamburg Staatsoper and Edgar in Aribert Reimann’s LEAR for, along with concerts including for London Philharmonic Orchestra at Royal Festival Hall, Nomi Songs for Klangforum Vienna and Ensemble Intercontemporain, Paris and recitals at ‘s-Hertogenbosch and Wigmore Hall which marked the release of his CD, A Countertenor Songbook, on the NMC label. Future performances include his debut for Théatre du Châtelet and returns to English National Opera, Berlin, Munich, Madrid and concerts in Berlin, Stockholm and for BBCSO.
Roy is the Programme Director at the Edinburgh International Festival and in this role he produces and delivers the annual 25 day multi artform Festival.
Prior to Edinburgh he worked as a London based independent producer of dance, theatre and music-theatre. Working mainly internationally he also worked with leading London venues, the Barbican and Sadler's Wells Theatre, and with numerous presenters around the world, including Brooklyn Academy of Music, the Lincoln Center, Sydney 2000 Olympic Arts Festival, Chekhov Festival Moscow, and the Venice Biennale.
Before working independently he ran three of the UK's foremost producing companies Cheek by Jowl, Michael Clark Company, and DV8 Physical Theatre, and produced the European premiere of Tony Kushner's Homebody/Kabul in London at the Young Vic Theatre, and the world premiere of Tim Supple's One Thousand and One Nights at Luminato, Toronto.
Under the auspices of London Contemporary Opera with Andrew Watts, he produced Richard Ayre’s The Cricket Recovers for the Bregenzer Festspiele, Austria together with an extensive talent development programme, Across the Frontiers.
Roy is a member of UK Theatre.
Nicole has spent her career working internationally as stage or company manager in the world of theatre, opera and ballet. She has worked as Stage Manager for English National Opera, the National Theatre, festival d’Aix-en-Provence, Bregenz Opera Festival, the Ruhrtrienalle as well as for the Bolshoi and Mariinsky Ballets in London. She spent five years as Head of Stage Management at La Monnaie in Brussels before returning to London to rejoin ENO as their Company Manager where she stayed until November 2020.