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Stuart Patterson

Biography

In the 2013/14 Season Scottish tenor Stuart Patterson sings Le Remendado (Carmen) for The Royal Opera. He made his Royal Opera debut singing Schmidt (Werther) in 2011.

Patterson was born in Perthshire and studied in Glasgow, London, Florence and Paris. Upon finishing his studies he sang with the Glyndebourne Chorus before settling in France in 1985. He joined the Groupe Vocal de France under John Alldis, performing works by Berio, Kagel, Dusapin, Webern, Ligeti and Xenakis, among others. He was a member of the Opera di Pisa 1990–96, where he concentrated on repertory by Mozart, Rossini and Monteverdi, his roles including Ferrando (Così fan tutte), Don Ottavio (Don Giovanni), Don Basilio and Don Curzio (Le nozze di Figaro), Ramiro (La Cenerentola) and the title role of Orfeo. Elsewhere his wide-ranging repertory has also included roles such as Sir Hervey (Anna Bolena), the Coq (Renard) and Sandy in the French premiere of Maxwell Davies's The Lighthouse. More recently he has sung roles such as Goro (Madama Butterfly), L’incredible (Andrea Chénier), Flute and Snout (A Midsummer Night’s Dream), Mime (Siegfried), Monostatos (Die Zauberflöte) and Dr Caius (Falstaff).

Patterson frequently performs in concert, in repertory including Saint Nicolas, L'Enfance du Christ, the St John Passion and Les Noces. He is Professor of Singing at the Haute École de Musique, Geneva, and director of the Festival Lyrique de Montperreux, France, which he founded in 2009.