She made her New York debut early in her career, as Belinda in Dido and Æneas at Symphony Space (for I Cantori di New York and The New Opera Theatre, 1988), a production that toured to New Orleans. Waters went on to appear with the Glyndebourne Festival Opera, Welsh National Opera, Scottish Opera, the Royal Opera (Covent Garden), Santa Fe Opera, Los Angeles Opera, Seattle Opera, New York City Opera (Xerxes, 1997), Canadian Opera Company, Théâtre du Châtelet, and the Royal Swedish Opera (Drottningholm).
In 2001, following her marriage and two children, Waters retired from singing to pursue projects as writer and director. Her brother is the actor Mark Rylance.
She is the author of two novels: Long Gone Anybody (2004) and Cold Comfort (2006). She is an Associate Tutor in Creative Writing at the University of Sussex.
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