Biography

escribed by the New York Times as “a voice you want to hear and, even more, an artist you want to follow”, mezzo-soprano Brenda Patterson recently made her Teatro alla Scala debut singing the role of Rosette in Manon. Previously in residence at the Hamburgische Staatsoper in Germany, she sang such roles there as Idamante, Dorabella, Niklausse, Annio, Hänsel, Cherubino, and Rosina, among many others. She has also sung the role of a Wood Sprite (Rusalka) at the Metropolitan Opera, and has covered at the Met in Berg’s Lulu as the Gymnasiast, Le Nozze di Figaro (Cherubino), and Iphigénie en Tauride (Diane).

A Juilliard graduate (and recipient of the Taranow Prize in Voice), she was the 2004 Winner of the Alice Tully Vocal Arts Debut Recital Competition in New York.

She has participated in most of the major American music festivals, and has sung leading roles with Glimmerglass Opera, Opera Colorado and the Lyric Opera of Kansas City, among others.

Projects have included a solo show with the Gotham Chamber Opera and the Armitage Gone! dance troupe entitled Ariadne Unhinged, in which Opera Today described her as “electric”, and performing regularly in the Orchestra of St. Luke’s and the Handel & Haydn Society’s Cantatas in Context Bach Series, for which the New York Sun praised her as “a treasure among musicians”.

A champion of new music, Ms. Patterson has premiered over 30 vocal works. She recently presented the lead role of Brother in Stefan Weisman’s The Scarlet Ibis workshop at the HERE Arts Center in New York, and joined the Aeolian Chamber Players for Berio’s elegiac O King. Next Spring she will perform in H.K. Gruber’s Gloria: A Pig Tale with the New York Philharmonic, and has recently recorded Su Lian Tan and Jamaica Kincaid’s Jamaica’s Songs for the ARSIS label.

This year she returns to the Metropolitan Opera for her sixth season, and will make her Carnegie Hall debut with the American Symphony Orchestra, in the role of Elsbeth in Strauss’s early opera, Feuersnot.



Contact

brendapatterson@hotmail.com

Management:

Kristin Cowdin, Artist Manager
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composer

Berg
Berlioz
Bernstein
Britten
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Chabrier
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Cimarosa
Copland
Dvorak
Gluck
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Gounod
Handel
Haydn
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Humperdinck
Janácek
Mascagni
Massenet
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Monteverdi
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Mozart
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Offenbach
Paulus
Poulenc
Puccini
Purcell
Ravel
Rossini
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Strauss
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Tan
Verdi
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Wagner
Weill

opera

Lulu
Les Troyens
Trouble in Tahiti
A Midsummer Night’s Dream
The Rape of Lucretia
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L’Etoile
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Il Matrimonio Segreto
The Tenderland
Rusalka
Orfeo ed Euridice
Iphigénie en Tauride
Roméo et Juliette
Giulio Cesare
Orlando Paladino
Philemon und Baucis
Hänsel und Gretel
The Diary of One Who Vanished
Cavalleria Rusticana
Chérubin
Manon
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L’Orfeo
L’Incoronazione di Poppea
Così fan tutte
Idomeneo
Le Nozze di Figaro
La Clemenza di Tito
Die Zauberflöte
Les Contes d’Hoffmann
Heloise and Abelard
Dialogues des Carmelites
Madame Butterfly
Dido and Aeneas
L’Enfant et les Sortiléges
Il Barbiere di Siviglia
Il Turco in Italia
Elektra
Daphne
Lotus Lives
La Traviata
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Don Carlos
Parsifal
Down in the Valley

role

Gymnasiast/Garderobiere/Groom
Ascanio
Dinah
Hippolyta
Female Chorus
Lucretia
Lazuli
Aloës
Fidalma
Mrs. Jenks
2nd Wood Sprite
Orfeo
Diane
Stephano
Sesto
Alcina
Baucis
Hänsel
Gypsy
Lola
Chérubin
Javotte
Rosette
La Musica/Messaggera
Amor/Valletto/Pallade
Dorabella
Idamante
Cherubino
Annio
2. Dame
Niklausse/ La Muse
Denise
Soeur Mathilde
Kate Pinkerton
Dido
L’Enfant
Rosina
Zaida
2. Magd
2. Magd
Lily
Annina
Flora
Thibault
Flower-Maiden
Jenny


Reviews


of Alice Tully Vocal Arts Debut Recital

“ . . . one felt the crackle of a strong artistic intelligence . . . . she was luminous . . . .The overall impression Ms. Patterson made, in her stunning black evening dress, was that this was a voice you wanted to hear and, even more, an artist you wanted to follow. “

- Anne Midgette, The New York Times, 11/22/04

of Le Nozze di Figaro with the Lyric Opera of Kansas City

“Mezzo-soprano Brenda Patterson delivers a winning performance as Cherubino.”

- Robert Trussell, Kansas City Star, 4/10/11

“Brenda Patterson sang the trouser role of Cherubino with a strong sense of phrasing and line . . . . In Acts 3 and 4 she looked spookily like Mr. Bieber, to comic effect.”

- Paul Horsley, KC Independent, 4/10/11

“Brenda Patterson nailed the role of Cherubino: she (playing a “he”) was fresh and believable during the introductory number, ‘Non so più’, and Patterson continued to perfectly play a timid, insecure adolescent, complete with affable facial expressions and awkward gestures.

- Sarah Tyrrell, KCMetropolis, 4/11/11

of Roméo et Juliette with Opera Colorado

“ . . . Brenda Patterson's dark-hued mezzo-soprano and delightfully cavalier interpretation of Stephano ensured her triumphant Opera Colorado debut”

- Sabine Kortals,Denver Post , 2/11/2013

“Romeo's page, Stefano (Brenda Patterson, a thrilling mezzo-soprano) comes looking for his master, singing an impudent tune . . .”

- Bob Bows, Colorado Drama, 2/14/13

of Manon with Teatro alla Scala

“ . . . talented dramatically and excellent vocally was Brenda Patterson (Rosette).”

- Francesco Rapaccioni, Teatro.org, 6/19/12

“ . . . full of haughty verve as the cocotte Rosette [was Brenda Patterson].”

- Ugo Malasoma,OperaClick, 6/19/12

of Ariadne Unhinged with Gotham Chamber Opera

“Brenda Patterson—the title character on the May 11 performance of the Chamber Opera’s most recent production Ariadne Unhinged—created electric moments in this little theatre . . . extraordinarily well executed.”

- Megan Jenkins,Opera Today, 15/5/08

of Orlando Paladino with Glimmerglass Opera

“Brenda Patterson sang Alcina with both suppleness and drama . . . “

- Allan Kozinn, The New York Times, 7/30/02

“Brenda Patterson [as Alcina] has the right imperious temperament and commanding voice . . .”

- Judith Malafronte, Opera News, Dec. 2002

“Brenda Patterson’s densely focused mezzo is perfect .”

- Scott Cantrell, The Dallas Morning News, 8/12/02

“Mezzo Brenda Patterson gave assertive and resonant vocal power to the role of the sorceress Alcina . . . particularly commanding . . .”

- Stephen Landesman, The Ithaca Journal, 7/25/02

“The sorceress Alcina was presented in an imposing manner by mezzo Brenda Patterson.”

- Jane Dieckmann, The Ithaca Times, 8/14/02

“Brenda Patterson contributed a magisterial presence . . .”

- Chuck Klaus, The Post-Standard (Syracuse), 7/24/02

“Impressive also among the younger singers is mezzo Brenda Patterson’s dark, Persephone-like danger and allure as Alcina.”

- James MacKillop, Syracuse New Times, 8/7/02

of Rusalka with the Metropolitan Opera

“Brenda Patterson made an impressive showing in her Met debut as one of Rusalka’s playmates.”

- Sam Shirakawa, Operacast.com, 3/11/09

“Also delightful as hyper-merry woodsprites are harmonizing Kathleen Kim, Brenda Patterson, and Edyta Kulczak.”

- David Finkle, Theatermania.com, 3/11/09

“And the cast was strong even down to the bit parts . . . with two notable Wood Sprites: Brenda Patterson, very pleasant in her Met Debut as Sprite #2 . . .”

- JSU, “An Unamplified Voice” (weblog), 3/11/09

of Bach cantatas for solo alto with the Orchestra of St. Luke’s

“Ms. Patterson sang it beautifully, richly, soulfully. She also sang it without pretentiousness, without any fuss. She simply let it out. Moreover, her technique seems utterly natural . . . Furthermore, she sang as though she believed what she was singing. . . .Her mastery was as clear in the recitatives as in the arias. . . .She was good in every particular, but the particulars were essentially unnoticeable. What I mean is, the particulars were beneath notice, because a) they could be taken for granted, and b) the whole was so good. Always, there was vocal focus, and an intelligence about text, and a mental certainty.”

- Jay Nordlinger, The New York Sun, 5/14/07

“Patterson is the real McCoy: a genuine Bach singer, making her a treasure among musicians.”

- New York Chronicle, 12/07

of Su Lian Tan’s Jamaica’s Songs, recorded on ARSIS

“ … top-flight . . . compelling. In the end, a satisfying release with a deeper-than-usual take on the words-and-music question.”

- Robert Carl, Fanfare (2011)

of premiere of Lita Grier’s Songs from Spoon River at the
Ravinia Festival

“ . . . a young singer to watch.”

- Andrew Patner, The Chicago Sun-Times, 7/31/04

of premiere of Kati Agocs’ In the Imagination of Their Hearts
with Antares

“Brenda Patterson, a mezzo-soprano with an appealingly warm sound, gave the work a shapely reading that pointed up Ms. Agocs’s responsiveness to the texts.”

- Allan Kozinn, The New York Times, 1/17/04

of Bach’s Christmas Oratorio with the Orchestra of St. Luke’s

“Soon enough, however, we got to Brenda Patterson, the mezzo-soprano of the afternoon. What a revelation. Her instrument is juicy and beautiful, and her technique is rock-solid: She sings in the center of the center of any note. And she sings with taste, style, and intelligence. One had the impression of listening to - of discovering, in my case - a great singer. If there’s any justice, she will be rich and famous.”

- Jay Nordlinger, The New York Sun, 12/21/04

of Judith Shatin’s Singing the Blue Ridge with the
Charlottesville Symphony

“ . . . highly expressive, beautiful singing.”

- Martin Picker, C-Ville Weekly (Charlottesville), 10/14/03

of Orfeo ed Euridice with the Sideshow Opera Co.

“compelling and frequently astonishing . . . mezzo-soprano Brenda Patterson dominates the opera in the role of Orfeo. She maintains a dark vocal tone with carefully nuanced expression, and her “Che farò senza Euridice?” is nothing short of breathtaking. Patterson handles the demanding vocal runs of Act I and the tender melodies of Act II with equal elan and sensitivity.”

- Timothy Hulsey, mystupiddog.blogspot (Charlottesville Reviews), 5/03

“ . . . she did full justice to the music, and cannot be praised too highly.”

- Martin Picker, C-Ville Weekly, 5/13/

“ . . . her astounding voice overwhelmed the room.”

- Mary Alice Blackwell, The Daily Progress (Charlottesville), 5/9/03










  1. “Voi che sapete” (Le Nozze di Figaro) - Mozart

    Lyric Opera of Kansas City (piano dress rehearsal)


  2. Bereite dich, Zion - Bach (5:01)

    The Orchestra of St. Luke’s


  3. Öffne Lippen, Mund und Seele - Bach (3:05)

    The Orchestra of St. Luke’s


  4. grazioso (Jamaica’s Songs) - Tan (4:57)

    David Bowlin, violin


    Darrett Adkins, cello


    Don Berman, piano


  5. The Night In Silence (Apparition) - Crumb (3:04)

    Lydia Brown, piano


  6. "Il padre adorato" (Idomeneo) - Mozart (4:12)