Barbara Paterson

Classical singer, actor, dancer, world citizen in Wellington, New Zealand

Barbara Paterson

Classical singer, actor, dancer, world citizen in Wellington, New Zealand

"...transforms her...beautiful aria "Ach, ich fühl's" into a revealing moment of vulnerability. With her attitude and agency slightly adjusted, Pamina becomes a complex and human character. Soprano Barbara Paterson performed Pamina's metamorphosis from angst-ridden teen to mature woman with commitment, singing with a clear, direct sound" - Opera News

Barbara Paterson is a New York City-New Zealand soprano, known for her versatile musicianship and her creative theatricality. Her repertoire ranges from Mozart and Bach to Rachmaninov, Berio, Kaija Saariaho and George Crumb.


08/16 Donna Anna, Don Giovanni (Mozart), Eternity Productions

06/16 Artist Recital and Schubertiad, St. Andrews on The Terrace

05/16 2nd Lady/Ensemble, Dido and Aeneas (Purcell) Unstuck Opera

05/16 American Woman, Atlantic Crossing (Porter/Coward, arr Vinten) Kapiti Orchestra

03/16 'Stormy Weather' Recital, Songbook

02/16 Juno, Agrippina (Handel), Days Bay Opera


TEACHERS: Laura Brooks Rice, Margaret Medlyn

COACHES: Susan S. Ashbaker, Dalton Baldwin, Jeff Cohen, Bruce Greenfield, Rachelle Jonck, Anthony Manoli, J.J. Penna, François Le Roux

CONDUCTORS: Daniel Beckwith, Wyn Davies, William Hobbs, Tim Newton, EmmanuelPlasson, Justus Rozemond, Charles Schneider

DIRECTORS: Douglas Anderson, Kelvin Chan, Jacqueline Coats, Ryan Hartigan, Aidan Lang, David Paul, Marc Verzatt, Sara Brodie, Frances Moore

COMPOSERS: Neely Bruce, Penny Dodd, Arthur Hernandez, Elliot Z. Levine, Lori Laitman, Larry Alan Smith

COMPANIES: Académie Francis Poulenc, Amore Opera, Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra, Bowen McCauley Dance Company, Catskill Choral Society, Catskill Symphony Orchestra, CoOPERAtive Program, Days Bay Opera, Opera Company of Middlebury, Opera Modo, Opera on Tap, Philadelphia Live Arts Festival, NZ Opera, NIMBY Opera, NZ International Arts Festival, Schenectady Symphony, Unstuck Opera

  • Education
    • MM Westminster Choir College (Voice Pedagogy and Performance)
    • BM New Zealand School of Music (Voice Performance)