Iain Paterson, Baritone/Bass-Baritone

Iain Paterson is one of the leading Helden-Baritones of our time. He starts the current season as Holländer (Der fliegende Holländer) at Oper Leipzig, where he will also sing Wotan and Wanderer in Der Ring des Nibelungen. At Nederlandse Opera in Amsterdam he will sing Wotan (Die Walküre) under the baton of Marc Albrecht. Furthermore, he will sing Wotan in a new Ring at the Opéra National de Paris, directed by Calixto Bieito and conducted by Philippe Jordan. At Staatsoper Berlin he will appear as Kreon in Cherubini’s Medea and with the Wiener Symphoniker he will perform Mahler’s Symphony No. 8 conducted by Philippe Jordan. 

In addition to the above mentioned roles he internationally appears as Kurwenal (Tristan und Isolde), Amfortas (Parsifal), Hans Sachs (Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg), Gunther (Götterdämmerung), Jochanaan (Salome), Orest (Elektra), Förster (Das schlaue Füchslein) and Balstrode (Peter Grimes). 

Mr. Paterson is a regular guest in all major international opera houses such as the Staatsoper Berlin, where he sang Wotan in a Ring cycle conducted by Daniel Barenboim, the Wiener Staatsoper, the Royal Opera House Covent Garden London, the Lyric Opera Chicago, Houston Grand Opera, Oper Leipzig, Semperoper Dresden, the Dutch National Opera in Amsterdam, the Teatro dell’Opera di Roma, the Théâtre Royal de la Monnaie and Oper Frankfurt. He was a member of the ensemble of the English National Opera and made debuts with roles such as Gunther, Figaro, Leporello, Colline and Amonasro there. He appeared as Leontes in the world premiere of Ryan Wigglesworth’s opera The Winter’s Tale based on William Shakespeare’s play. 

He performed at the Bayreuth festival as Kurwenal (Tristan und Isolde) in a production by Katharina Wagner and under the baton of Christian Thielemann and as Wotan (Rheingold) conducted by Marek Janowski. 

At the BBC proms he appeared together with the Staatskapelle Berlin and Daniel Barenboim and he performed Schönberg’s Gurre-Lieder at the Edinburgh Festival with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and Donald Runnicles. He has been invited regularly for concerts with the Hallé orchestra. 

He sang Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 with the London Symphony Orchestra, the Cleveland Orchestra, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, the Hallé Orchestra, the BBC Symphony and the BBC Philharmonic and performed Elgar’s Dream of Gerontius with the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra and at the Edinburgh Festival. 

Mr. Paterson works with many of the most important conductors of our time 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.


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