Iain Paterson


One of today’s leading interpreters of heroic bassbaritone repertoire, the Scottish artist began the season with performances at the Berlin State Opera as Creonte/Medea. Following Lyric’s Elektra he will sing Wotan/Ring cycle (Oper Leipzig, where he starred in the complete Ring last season) and in the title role/The Flying Dutchman (Deutsche Oper Berlin). Recent Wagner successes include Gunther/ Götterdämmerung (company debut, Semperoper Dresden) as well as Kurwenal/Tristan und Isolde (Bayreuth Festival, Dutch National Opera, Bavarian State Opera, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Royal Opera House Covent Garden), the Dutchman (Flanders Opera, Oper Frankfurt, Accademia di Santa Cecilia). Wotan/Das Rheingold (Bayreuth, Hallé Orchestra - CD), Wotan/Die Walküre (Houston Grand Opera), Wotan/Siegfried (Edinburgh International Festival), and Hans Sachs/Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg (English National Opera, Hallé Orchestra), among other prestigious engagements. Paterson is equally celebrated for Strauss, with successes including Elektra (Vienna), Peneios/Daphne (Brussels), and Jochanaan/ Salome (Stuttgart). In 2017 he created the central role of Leontes/Ryan Wigglesworth’s The Winter’s Tale at English National Opera. He has appeared with many major orchestras and has collaborated with such distinguished conductors as Daniel Barenboim, Christian Thielemann, Antonio Pappano, Sir Simon Rattle, and Christoph von Dóhnanyi. Paterson can be seen on DVD in Aida (Bregenz Festival) and Gloriana (Opera North).

Lyric debut: Orest/Elektra (2018/19)

Last updated: February 2, 2019