Linda Watson made her debut at the Bayreuth Festival in 1998 as Kundry, and since then she has reprised this Wagner role at several opera houses, including Deutsche Oper Berlin, Teatro Real in Madrid, Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona, and, earlier this year—for her debut there—the Metropolitan Opera. Watson began her career as a mezzo-soprano in Aachen and in 1995 joined the Leipzig Opera, where her roles included Venus in Wagner’s Tannhäuser. She sang her first soprano role, Sieglinde in Wagner’s Walküre, at Essen and subsequently joined the Deutsche Oper am Rhein as leading dramatic soprano. There she added Leonore in Beethoven’s Fidelio, Ortrud in Wagner’s Lohengrin and Isolde, and the title role of R. Strauss’s Ariadne auf Naxos to her repertoire. Last season, Watson sang Leonore and Isolde in Japan with the Bavarian State Opera. While in Tokyo, she also sang her first Walküre Brünnhilde; she will sing the role again this December in Dusseldorf, and complete Ring cycles are planned with the Bayreuth Festival, Vienna Staatsoper, and Netherlands Opera. Prior to this engagement, she sang Sieglinde in Die Walküre at Gran Teatre del Liceu. Parsifal marks Watson’s debut at Seattle Opera.