Scottish tenor Stuart Patterson made his Royal Opera debut in 2011 as Schmidt (Werther) and has since sung Le Remendado (Carmen) for The Royal Opera. He returns in the 2018/19 Season as Remendado.
Patterson was born in Perthshire and studied in Glasgow, London, Florence and Paris. He sang with the Glyndebourne Chorus before settling in 1985 in France, where he joined the Groupe Vocal de France under John Alldis, performing works by Berio, Dusapin, Kagel, Ligeti, Webern and Xenakis, among others. He was a member of the Opera di Pisa 1990–96, where he concentrated on repertory by Mozart, Rossini and Monteverdi, his roles including Ferrando (Così fan tutte), Don Ottavio (Don Giovanni), Don Basilio and Don Curzio (Le nozze di Figaro), Ramiro (La Cenerentola) and the title role of Orfeo. Elsewhere his wide-ranging repertory has also included Vater Mignon (Die Teufel von Loudun), Herod (Salome) and Sandy (Maxwell Davies’s The Lighthouse, French premiere). Other roles include Goro (Madama Butterfly), L’incredible (Andrea Chénier), Flute and Snout (A Midsummer Night’s Dream), Male Chorus (The Rape of Lucretia), Mime (Siegfried), Monostatos (Die Zauberflöte), Frick/Prosper (La Vie parisienne) and Dr Caius (Falstaff).
Patterson regularly performs in concert, in repertory including Saint Nicolas, L’Enfance du Christ, St John Passion and Les Noces. He is Professor of Singing at the Haute École de Musique, Geneva, and director of the Festival Lyrique de Montperreux, France, which he founded in 2009.