Born Glasgow, 1973.
Iain Paterson trained at the RSAMD and was then a member of the chorus of Opera North for four years. He now enjoys a varied and distinguished international career. On the operatic stage he has sung with the Royal Opera, ENO, the Paris Opera, and Chicago Opera, as well as the Salzburg Easter Festival. With Welsh National in 2003 he sang Ferrando (Il trovatore). On the Glyndebourne Tour he appeared as Mozart's Figaro (2005), and at the Festival appeared as Mr Redburn in Billy Budd (2010).
He is well known for Wagnerian roles and has sung at the New York Met as Gunther in Götterdämmerung (in 2008, returning for the new staging in 2012). In the Royal Opera's Ring cycles in 2012 he sang Fasolt as well as Gunther. A Bayreuth debut is also scheduled in Götterdämmerung. He returned to ENO in 2012 for further performances in the title role of Don Giovanni. In 2013 he sang Sachs in a concert performance of Die Meistersinger with Mark Elder and the Hallé in Manchester, repeating the part at ENO in 2015. In April 2013 he sang his first Wotan in Das Rheingold for the Houston Opera, and also sang it in concert at the 2013 BBC Proms with Barenboim and the Berlin Staatskapelle. Also in 2013 he sang Amfortas in Parsifal with Mark Elder and the Hallé in Manchester. The 2013/14 season opened with a return to Covent Garden for Orest in Elektra. Future plans include a debut at the Bayreuth Festival as Kurwenal in 2015.
In this most international of careers, the opportunities for Scottish audiences to see him on the operatic stage have been limited. Can we hope to hear him again?
Update: 19 April 2013.
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