Iain Paterson

Iain Paterson

Iain Paterson is one of the leading singers in his repertoire and, as a result, he is a regular guest of the world’s major opera houses and festivals. In the 2018/19 season, he will make his return to the Staatsoper Berlin with a new production of Medea. Later in the season, he will appear at Lyric Opera Chicago as Orest in Elektra and at Oper Leipzig as The Flying Dutchman and as Wotan/Wanderer Der Ring des Nibelungen. Mr. Paterson can also be seen as the Dutchman this season at the Deutsche Oper Berlin, and he will sing Amfortas with the Hallé Orchestra in a concert performance of the 3rd act of Parsifal.

In the 2017/18 season Mr. Paterson made his debut at the Semperoper Dresden as Gunther in Götterdämmerung. Further engagements brought him to Amsterdam (Tristan und Isolde), Bergen (The Flying Dutchman) and Rome (The Flying Dutchman in concert version). He also performed in Siegfried in two concert performances with Hallé Orchestra, and in summer 2018 he sang Kurwenal in Tristan at the Bayreuther Festspiele with Christian Thielemann conducting.

In the 2016/17 season Mr. Paterson returned to the Vlaamse Opera to make his role debut in The Flying Dutchman and to the English National Opera to create the role of Leontes in Ryan Wigglesworth’s new opera of Shakespeare’s The Winter’s Tale. In addition, he was at the Deutsche Oper Berlin (Die Walküre) and at Oper Frankfurt (Der fliegende Holländer), while in July and August 2017 he returned to Bayreuth to sing in Tristan and Isolde and Das Rheingold.

In June 2016, Mr. Paterson made his debut at the Staatsoper Berlin as Wotan/Wanderer in Der Ring des Nibelungen under the baton of Daniel Barenboim. In the 2015/16 season he sang the Wanderer (Siegfried) for the first time at the Houston Grand Opera, returned to the Wiener Staatsoper as Jochanaan (Salome) and Orest (Elektra), made his debut as Jochanaan at the Staatsoper Stuttgart, and sang Beethoven’s 9th Symphony with the London Symphony Orchestra. After his debut in Bayreuth in 2015 as Kurwenal (Tristan and Isolde) Mr. Paterson returned to Bayreuth in 2016 as Wotan (Rheingold) and again as Kurwenal. Schönberg’s Gurrelieder led him to the Edinburgh Festival together with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and Donald Runnicles.

Recent operatic highlights include a number of significant role debuts: Kurwenal (Tristan and Isolde) at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, Hans Sachs (Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg) at the English National Opera and Wotan (Die Walküre) at Houston Grand Opera and Oper Leipzig. Previous highlights have also included Wotan (Das Rheingold) at Houston Grand Opera and at the BBC Proms with Daniel Barenboim and the Berlin Staatskapelle, Orest (Elektra) at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, Captain Balstrode (Peter Grimes) at the Wiener Staatsoper and at English National Opera, Amfortas (Parsifal) at the Beijing Festival, the title role of Don Giovanni at Opera Vlaanderen and ENO, Fasolt (Das Rheingold) at the Teatro alla Scala, Forester (The Cunning Little Vixen) at Bergen National Opera, and Peneois (Daphne) at La Monnaie.

On the concert platform, Mr. Paterson recently performed Vaughan Williams Sancta Civitas with the Hallé and Sir Mark Elder, while some of his other recent concert highlights include Hans Sachs (Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg) with the Hallé, Beethoven Symphony No.9 with the CBSO, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Cleveland, Hallé, BBC Symphony and BBC Philharmonic orchestra, Elgar’s Dream of Gerontius with the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra and at the Edinburgh International Festival, The Kingdom with the London Symphony Orchestra and the Hallé, and Christus in Bach’s St Matthew Passion with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic.

Mr. Paterson has performed with many of the world’s leading conductors, including Daniel Barenboim, James Levine, Christian Thielemann, Sir Antonio Pappano, Andris Nelsons, Philippe Jordan, Sir Simon Rattle, Kent Nagano, Christophe von Dohnányi, Vasily Petrenko, Gianandrea Noseda, Edward Gardner and Sir Mark Elder. He studied at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama with Neilson Taylor. In the early part of his career he was a company principal at the English National Opera, where he appeared in numerous roles including Gunther, Figaro, Leporello, Colline, and Amonasro.


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