Watson was a perfect Laetitia: Impudent, saucy and displaying a glistening, well-controlled instrument in the score’s finest aria, Steal Me.

Catherine Watson was an ingenue of unusual freshness and strength.

Catherine Watson’s Birdie is a touching portrait of wifely despair. As she sips drink after drink, Watson peels away layers of despair and gives radiant voice to the character’s genteel passion.

Soprano Catherine Watson is an affecting Solveig, with a glistening voice.