Iain Paterson Bass baritone


Iain Paterson studied at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama with Neilson Taylor and made his debut at the Opera North. His career quickly took on an international dimension and he soon found himself cast in a variety of roles, including Kurwenal (Tristan und Isolde), Amfortas (Parsifal), Hans Sachs (Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg), Gunther (Götterdämmerung), Jochanaan (Salomé), Oreste (Elektra), the Forester (The Cunning Little Vixen), Balstrode (Peter Grimes), and Wotan (The Ring) appearing in prestigious venues such as the Berlin Staatsoper, the Vienna Staatsoper, the Royal Opera House in London, the Lyric Opera in Chicago, the Houston Grand Opera, the Leipzig Opera, the Dresden Semperoper, the Dutch National Opera in Amsterdam, the Rome Opera, the Théâtre Royal de La Monnaie in Brussels, and the Frankfurt Opera. He was also a member of the English National Opera Company, during which time he sang the roles of Gunther, Figaro, Leporello, Colline, and Amonasro and performed in the world premiere production of Ryan Wiggleworth’s new opera The Winter’s Tales (the role of Leontes). He has made guest appearances at the Bayreuth Festival (Kurwenal with Christian Thielemann conducting; Wotan under the musical direction of Marek Janowski), the BBC Proms in London and the Edinburgh Festival (Schönberg’s Gurre-Lieder conducted by Donald Runnicles, and Elgar’s The Dream of Gerontius). He has also sung the bass section of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony on numerous occasions. Furthermore, he has performed under the musical direction of some of the most accomplished conductors of our time, including Daniel Barenboim, James Levine, Christian Thielemann, Sir Antonio Pappano, Andris Nelsons, Philippe Jordan, Sir Simon Rattle, Kent Nagano, Christoph von Dohnanyi, Vasily Petrenko, Gianandrea Noseda, Edward Gardner, and Sir Mark Elder. More recently, he appeared as the Dutchman (Der Fliegende Holländer) in Leipzig, Wotan in Leipzig and Amsterdam, Créon (Cherubini’s Médée) at the Berlin Staatsoper, and Wotan and the Wanderer in The Ring which was recorded at the Paris Opera.

Currently in

  • Opéra Bastille
  • from 12 October to 05 November 2022

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