Iain Paterson, Baritone/Bass-Baritone

Iain Paterson is one of the leading singers of his Fach and is a regular guest at the world’s major opera houses and festivals. He starts the new season 2017/18 with his debut at the Semperoper Dresden. He will sing the Gunther in Götterdämmerung in the time between October and November 2017. Furthermore his engagements will bring him to Amsterdam (Tristan und Isolde), Bergen (Der fliegende Holländer) and Rome (Der fliegende Holländer in concert version. In the first month of 2018 he will be guest at the Oper Leipzig in Rheingold and in Walküre. He will be also seen in two performance at Hallé where he will perform Siegfried. At the end of the summer 2018 he will appear again in Bayreuth.

In the 2016/17 season he returned to the Vlaamse Opera to make his role debut as Der Fliegende Holländer 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. Beside that he was at the Deutsche Oper Berlin (Die Walküre) and at the Oper Frankfurt (Der fliegende Holländer). In July and August 2017 he returned to Bayreuth to sing in Tristan und Isolde and Rheingold.

In June 2016 he 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 Wanderer (Siegfried) for the first time at the Houston Grand Opera, returned to the Vienna State Opera 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 und Isolde) Iain Paterson returned to Bayreuth in 2016 as Wotan (Rheingold) and Kurwenal and 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 und Isolde at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, Hans Sachs Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg for English National Opera, and Wotan Die Walküre for Houston Grand Opera and Leipzig Opera. Previous highlights also include 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 for Opera Vlaanderen and ENO, Fasolt Das Rheingold at the Teatro alla Scala, Forester The Cunning Little Vixen for Bergen National Opera, and at La Monnaie as Peneois Daphne.

On the concert platform, Paterson recently performed Vaughan Williams Sancta Civitas with the Hallé and Sir Mark Elder. Recent highlights also 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 orchestras, Elgar Dream of Gerontius with Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra and at the Edinburgh International Festival, The Kingdom with the London Symphony Orchestra and the Hallé, and Christus St Matthew Passion with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic.

Iain has performed with many leading conductors such as 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 stage of his career he was a company principal at ENO, where he appeared in numerous roles including Gunther, Figaro, Leporello, Colline, and Amonasro in Aida.


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