Barbara Paterson

New York, New York

Barbara Paterson

New York, New York

"...transforms her often bland but 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 US-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.


10/15 First Witch, Dido and Aeneas (Purcell): Opera Company of Middlebury

10/15 Artist Recital and Masterclass: Hartwick College

07/14 - Present Cantor and Soprano 2, Church of St. Catherine of Siena, NYC


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, Emmanuel Plasson, Justus Rozemond, Charles Schneider

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

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, Opera Company of Middlebury, Opera Modo of Princeton, Opera on Tap, Philadelphia Live Arts Festival, NZ Opera, NIMBY Opera, NZ International Arts Festival, Schenectady Symphony

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