James Patterson, whose “beautifully expressive bass just keeps getting better and better” (San Francisco Examiner), has been praised by some of the most respected critics in the United States, including Andrew Porter, who called him “a bass to watch — sonorous and beautiful in timbre.” (New Yorker)
Since beginning his career as an Adler Fellow with the San Francisco Opera in 1983, Mr. Patterson has given over 150 performances with that company, including the roles of Sparafucile in Rigoletto, Fafner in the widely acclaimed Ring cycle, and the King of Egypt in Aida with Leontyne Price.
Canadian credits include leading roles with the opera companies of Montreal, Manitoba, Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton, Hamilton, and Ottawa. Mr. Patterson’s career has also taken him throughout the United States, with highlights including leading roles with Chicago Lyric Opera, Seattle Opera, New York City Opera, San Diego Opera, Miami Opera, and Michigan Opera Theatre.
International highlights include Punch and Judy with the Netherlands Opera, performances of Peter Sel-lars’ controversial Don Giovanni in France, and concerts in Madrid for the New York City Opera.
Concert highlights include engagements with the Boston Symphony, the Seattle Symphony, the San Jose Symphony, the Detroit Symphony, and at Carnegie Hall in a concert performance of Handel’s Semele with Marilyn Horne and Kathleen Battle.
Recent opera engagements include Angelotti in Tosca with Opera Naples, Raimondo in Lucia for L’Opera de Montreal, the Commendatore in Don Giovanni and Lodovico in Otello for Michigan Opera Theatre, the Commendatore for his Pittsburgh Opera debut, and the King of Egypt in Michigan Opera Theatre’s concert Aida featuring Luciano Pavarotti. Recent concert engagements include Mozart’s C Minor Mass with the Illinois Symphony, and the King of Egypt in Aida with the Springfield Symphony which was televised throughout the greater New England area.