Scottish bass-baritone Iain Paterson sings Orest (Elektra) for The Royal Opera in the 2013/14 Season. Paterson made his Royal Opera debut in 2004 as Count Lamoral (Arabella), and has also sung Le Bret (Cyrano de Bergerac), First Nazarene (Salome), Count Monterone (Rigoletto) and Fasolt (Das Rheingold) for The Royal Opera.
Paterson grew up in Glasgow and studied singing and violin at the then Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama. He began his career singing in the Opera North chorus as a bass then moved to London. From 2007 he began concentrating on dramatic bass-baritone repertory, beginning with Fasolt (Das Rheingold) at the Salzburg Festival under Rattle. Since then his appearances have included Gunther (Götterdämmerung) at the Metropolitan Opera, New York, Paris Opéra and Bavarian State Opera, Jokanaan (Salome) at the Salzburg Easter Festival and Amfortas (Parsifal), Méphistophélès (Faust) and Don Giovanni at English National Opera. He has also sung Fasolt for companies including La Scala, Milan, Berlin State Opera and Paris Opéra, and Forester (The Cunning Little Vixen) in Bergen.
In 2013, Paterson sang Wotan (Das Rheingold) under Barenboim at the BBC Proms and his first Hans Sachs (Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg) in concert with the Hallé under Elder.