Barbara Paterson

Soprano, Chamber Musician, and Music Educator in Wellington, New Zealand

Barbara Paterson

Soprano, Chamber Musician, and Music Educator in Wellington, New Zealand

"Barbara Paterson brings great comedy to the role of Cherubino, combining enthusiasm, audience rapport and high energy gymnastic prowess – all while singing effortlessly!" - Theatreview

"As Donna Anna, Barbara Paterson is also very well-cast. With steely voice, flexible coloratura and expressive movements...she owns the stage with her passionate delivery." - Theatreview

"...[Paterson] 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.

Barbara teaches voice and music theory at St. Oran's College in Lower Hutt, NZ, and maintains a private teaching studio for singers of all levels and ages.


02/17 Mary Contrary, Queen of Tarts (Percy/Vinten) Bacchus Theatre Trust

03-04/17 2nd Lady/Ensemble, Dido and Aeneas (Purcell) Unstuck Opera

09/17 Cherubino, The Marriage of Figaro (Mozart) Wanderlust Theatre


CV, Headshot and Bio

'Apparition', George Crumb

'La voix humaine', Francis Poulenc


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 New

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