One of the world’s greatest classical singers, Russell Watson, is to stage a one-night performance in His Majesty’s Theatre in Aberdeen next summer, as part of his Songs from the Heart UK tour.
Tickets for the Monday, July 4, concert go on sale to APA Friends on Wednesday (Oct 7) and to the general public on Friday (Oct 9) online at www.aberdeenperformingarts.com, by phone at 01224 641122 and at Aberdeen Box Office at the Music Hall and His Majesty’s Theatre.
“Russell Watson is one of the most exciting singers in Britain today and on the world stage and we are delighted to be able to welcome him back to such an intimate venue at His Majesty’s Theatre,” said Aberdeen Performing Arts press manager Joyce Summers.
“He first visited HMT last year to take part in the Lord Provost’s Charitable Trust concert and the show was a sell-out, so we are very pleased to be able to give fans who missed out then another chance to enjoy a night to remember with the man known as the People’s Tenor.”
Described by the New York Times as a performer “who sings like Pavarotti and entertains the audience like Sinatra”, Russell has 10 studio albums to his credit – his first The Voice shot up the UK charts, where it was No1 for a record-breaking 52 weeks at the same time as it was No1 in the USA charts.
The story of Russell’s success is the stuff dreams are made of – having left school at 16 with no qualifications, he spent eight years on a factory floor making nuts and bolts but changed his life dramatically when he beat 400 other contestants to win a local radio talent competition.
The following 15 years saw him perform in front of The Queen, the late Pope John Paul II - who requested a private audience with Russell at the Vatican - former US presidents Bill Clinton and George W Bush, the Emperor of Japan, various European Prime Ministers, the King of Malaysia and Middle Eastern Sultans.
Among other appearances was a performance at the opening ceremony of the Commonwealth games in 2002 where he sang to a worldwide audience of one billion, at Buckingham Palace for the Queen’s Coronation Gala Festival 2013, the opening ceremony of the World Games, the Rugby Union World Cup and at the Nou Camp Stadium for the 1999 Champion’s League Final with Montserrat Caballé.
His performances in stage shows have also earned him great critical acclaim, he played Parson Nathaniel in Jeff Wayne’s War of the Worlds tour and played the lead role of Karl Oscar in Benny and Björn’s (ABBA) Kristina.
And it’s perhaps a little known fact that Russell is the voice behind the iconic Star Trek series Enterprise soundtrack.
Earlier this year, he married his partner Louise Harris in a fairytale ceremony at mountain village Benahavis in southern Spain.