Scottish bass-baritone Iain Paterson made his Royal Opera debut in 2004 as Count Lamoral (Arabella), and has since sung Le Bret (Cyrano de Bergerac), First Nazarene (Salome), Count Monterone (Rigoletto), Fasolt (Das Rheingold) and Orest (Elektra) for The Royal Opera. In the 2014/15 Season he returns to sing Kurwenal (Tristan und Isolde) 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. In 2007 he sang Fasolt under Simon Rattle for the Salzburg Festival, and his engagements since have included Gunther (Götterdämmerung) for the Metropolitan Opera, New York, Paris Opéra and Bavarian State Opera, Jokanaan (Salome) for the Salzburg Festival and Amfortas (Parsifal), Méphistophélès (Faust) and Don Giovanni for 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.
Concert performances include Wotan (Das Rheingold) under Daniel Barenboim at the BBC Proms and Hans Sachs (Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg) under Mark Elder with the Hallé.