Russell Watson, born in Salford, England, November 24 1966 is an English tenor who has released popular albums of operatic-style songs.
Although he has been singing since he was a child, Russell Watson never sought a career as a professional singer, and began work as a bolt-cutter in Manchester. Short of money supporting his young family, he began to earn extra cash singing Elvis Presley and Neil Diamond covers in north-west clubs.
The turning point in his career came at an engagement at Wigan Road working men's club one night, when the secretary suggested he try singing "Nessun Dorma" from Puccini's Turandot. While he is not a genuine operatic singer, he does attempt to perform operatic arias from time to time, especially in the studio.
In 1998 he was invited to sing at Old Trafford during the interval at a Memorial Match of the Munich air disaster, a huge privilege for a lifelong Manchester United fan. However, his appearance was cancelled at the last minute when player Eric Cantona requested that Mick Hucknall sing instead.