Iain Paterson, Baritone/Bass-Baritone

Iain Paterson is one of the leading Helden-Baritones of our time. In the 2021/22 season he will return to Deutsche Oper Berlin as Wanderer in Siegfried. Bayerische Staatsoper München has contracted the baritone as Balstrode in Britten‘s Peter Grimes. Wiener Staatsoper presents the artist as Kurwenal in Tristan und Isolde. At Opéra de Paris he will sing Amfortas in a new production of Parsifal and Holländer at Wagner-Tage Leipzig.

Iain Paterson internationally appears as Wotan/Wanderer (Der Ring des Nibelungen), Holländer (Der fliegende Holländer), 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 Opéra de Paris, where he sang Wotan/Wanderer in Wagner’s Ring conducted by Philippe Jordan, the Staatsoper Berlin, which presented him as Wotan/Wanderer as well in a Ring cycle under the baton of 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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