Iain Paterson

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Iain Paterson (born 1973) is a Scottish bass-baritone singer who has appeared in opera and concert.

He was born in Glasgow.[1] His first study was the violin,[1] but his voice was recognised as his more important calling by his teachers at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama.[2] He sang in the chorus of Opera North for four years.[3]

He sang as a bass for ten years, later extending his range to bass-baritone.[4]

Paterson has sung with the English National Opera in a number of productions, including Mozart's Don Giovanni.[1] He made his debut at the Salzburg Festival in 2007 as Fasolt in Wagner's Das Rheingold under Sir Simon Rattle.[2] He first appeared at the Metropolitan Opera as Günther in Wagner's Götterdämmerung in 2009, under James Levine.[1]

He sang in the Australian premiere of Shostakovich's 13th Symphony in 2008.[1] His other concert repertoire includes Beethoven's 9th Symphony, Elgar's The Dream of Gerontius, Mendelssohn's Elijah, Verdi's Requiem and Handel's Messiah.[2]

He has also sung in his native Scotland with various companies,[5] the Paris Opera, the Chicago Opera Theater, at the Bregenz Festival, and at the Royal Opera, Covent Garden.[2]