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Barbara Paterson

German Diction & Translation

In 2013, Barbara made operatic role debuts as Pamina, the Countess Almaviva, Tatiana (Eugene Onegin) and Elle (La voix humaine). Other recent roles include Miss Jessel (The Turn of the Screw), Despina, Fox Goldenstripe (The Cunning Little Vixen), Musetta, Laetitia (The Old Maid and the Thief) and Miss Wordsworth (Albert Herring). Her concert repertoire includes Dvořák’s Bb-Minor Requiem, Mozart’s D-Minor Requiem, Beethoven’s 9th Symphony and Bach’s Magnificat. Barbara is strongly interested in song and chamber literature, with repertoire ranging from standard Lieder and mélodies to experimental (Berio’sSequenza for Female Voice) and contemporary masterpieces (Larry Alan Smith’s Ozone, Kaija Saariaho’s Quatre instants).

Barbara made her solo debuts at the Kennedy Center and at Lincoln Center in 2012. She has sung with Opera Company of Middlebury (VT), Amore Opera (NYC), Opera Modo (NJ), Opera Company of Brooklyn (NYC), Vital Opera (NYC), the Catskill Symphony Orchestra, the Schenectady Symphony Orchestra, the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra, the Catskill Choral Society, the New Zealand International Arts Festival, New Zealand Opera and NIMBY Opera (NZ, as co-producer and resident artist). Barbara has been a fellow at the Académie Francis Poulenc (Tours, France), Songfest (CA) and at the CoOPERAtive Program (NJ), and was a Dame Malvina Major Emerging Artist for the NZ Opera.
Barbara has taught at Westminster Choir College, the CoOPERAtive Program, and Hartwick College, and has taught multiple masterclasses on language and stagecraft in the New York/New Jersey area. She has an MM from Westminster Choir College, a BM from the NZ School of Music, and a BA (in German) from Victoria University of Wellington.





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