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Patricia Bardon

Mezzo-soprano

  • Irish mezzo-soprano Patricia Bardon is the youngest ever prize-winner of the Cardiff Singer of the World Competition and is in demand for repertoire ranging from the Baroque through to Rossini and Wagner. Her distinguished career has brought numerous opportunities to collaborate in both opera and concert with a wide range of conductors such as James Levine, Zubin Mehta, Bernard Haitink, Sir Antonio Pappano, Sir Mark Elder, Christophe Rousset, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Alberto Zedda, Fabio Luisi, Harry Bicket, Ivor Bolton, Christoph Eschenbach, William Christie, Pinchas Zuckerman, Ingo Metzmacher, Sir Charles Mackerras, and Rene Jacobs.

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  • Highlights of the 2016/17 season include Principessa in Puccini Suor Angelica for Opera North, and Arsace in Handel Partenope at English National Opera. In concert Bardon can be seen in a performance of Mahler Symphony No. 8 with the London Philharmonic Orchestra under Vladimir Jurowski, and Mahler Kindertotenlieder with the RTE National Symphony Orchestra in her native Dublin.


    Last season’s highlights included title role Agrippina at Theater an der Wien, title role in Porporo Germanico in Germania at the Innsbruck Festival of Early Music, Mary in John Adams Gospel according to the other Mary with the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic, Mendelssohn Elijah with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, Mahler Symphony No.2 with the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra, and Handel Messiah with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Le Concert Spirituel, and RLPO.


    Having studied in Dublin with Dr Veronica Dunne, Bardon’s career embraces an impressive diversity of roles: Erda in the Grammy-award-winning production of Der Ring des Nibelungen at The Metropolitan Opera (DVD/Deutsche Grammophon), La Nourrice Ariane et Barbe Bleu for Gran Teatre del Liceu, Barcelona (DVD/Opus Arte), her highly-acclaimed interpretation of Azucena Il trovatore at Welsh National Opera, her creation of the title role in Saariaho's Adriana Mater for Opera national de Paris, her glowing reviews last season for Carmen in Los Angeles, conducted by Placido Domingo - a role she has recorded for Chandos - and her Laurence Olivier Nomination for Maurya Riders to the Sea at ENO are all testament to an exceptional artistic versatility.


    An acclaimed Baroque and bel canto singer, highlights have included the title roles in Giulio Cesare at The Liceu Barcelona, Orlando for the Opéra National de Paris (CD/Erato), Rinaldo for Oper Köln as well as Cornelia Giulio Cesare for Bayerische Staatsoper, The Metropolitan Opera, ENO and Glyndebourne Festival Opera (DVD/Opus Arte). She has sung Rosmira Partenope for Lyric Opera of Chicago, Teater an der Wien and ENO (Olivier nomination for Outstanding Achievement in Opera), Andronico Tamerlano in Los Angeles, Washington DC, Amsterdam and Madrid; Bradamante Alcina in Drottingholm and Moscow, Penelope Il ritorno d’Ulisse in patria for Maggio Musicale Florence, Amsterdam, Berlin Staatsoper and Athens; Ruggiero Alcina for Trieste and Montpellier, Amastras Xerxes for Montpellier, Dresden and Munich Staatsoper (DVD Opus Arte), Juno Semele for ENO and Innsbrook, Ottavia L'incoronazione di Poppea in Oslo (DVD/EuroArts) and most recently Zenobia Radamisto for Theater an der Wien and at Carnegie Hall.


    Bel canto highlights include Tancredi and Arsace Semiramide for La Fenice, Calbo Il Maometto Secondo for Santa Fe Opera, Smeaton Anna Bolena for San Francisco Opera, title role La Cenerentola for La Monnaie, Andromache Ermione Festival Hall (CD/Opera Rara), Malcolm La donna del Lago for the Edinburgh International Festival (CD/Opera Rara).


    Enjoying an ongoing relationship with the Royal Opera House Covent Garden, Bardon has appeared there in productions of Guillaume Tell, Mefistofele, Rigoletto, Moise in Egitto, The Rake’s Progress (earning an Olivier nomination) and most recently in Richard Jones’ acclaimed staging of Britten Gloriana (DVD).


    Bardon has extensive concert experience and has performed with many of the world’s leading Orchestras including The New York Philharmonic, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Berlin Symphony Orchestra, Philharmonia, BBC Philharmonic, St Louis Symphony Orchestra, Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Les Arts Florissants, Freiburg Baroque Orchestra, Concerto Koln, Academy of Ancient Music, Les Talens Lirique, The Halle Orchestra, Le Concert Spirituel, English Chamber Orchestra, RTE Symphony Orchestra, RTE Concert Orchestra, The English Concert, Filarmonica della Scala, Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra de RAI, and Orchestra de Paris, in repertoire including the Bach Passions, Schoenberg's Gurrelieder, Verdi Messa di Requiem, Handel Oratorios, Wagner Wiesendonk Lieder and the Mahler Symphonies.

    2016-2017 season / 688 words. Not to be altered without permission.

Performances

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Season highlights

Arsace Partenope
English National Opera 


Mezzo Mahler's Symphony of a Thousand
London Philharmonic Orchestra


The Angel (Mezzo)The Dream of Gerontius
English National Opera 


Erda Das Rheingold
Boston Symphony Orchestra 


Mezzo Mahler's Symphony No. 2
Opera di Firenze, cond. Fabio Luisi

Opera repertoire

Adams, J.
Title role The Gospel According to the Other Mary


Berg
Geschwitz Lulu


Berlioz
Didon Les Troyens


Bizet
Title role Carmen
Title role Djamileh 


Britten
Lady Penelope Gloriana


Cilea
Principessa Adriana Lecouvreur 


Debussy
Genevieve Pelléas et Melisande 


Dukas
La Nourrice Ariane et Barbe Bleu 


Dvorak
Jezibaba Rusalka


Gluck
Title role Orfeo 


Handel
Title role & Cornelia Giulio Cesare
Title role Orlando
Title role Rinaldo
Title role Agrippina
Zenobia Radamisto
Title role & Andronico Tamerlano
Rosmira & Arsace Partenope
Edwige Rodelinda
Ruggiero & Bradamante Alcina
Juno Semele


Monteverdi
Ottavia L’incoronazione di Poppea
Penelope Il ritorno d’Ulisse in patria
Messagiero/Speranza Orfeo


Purcell
Sorceress Dido and Aeneas
Dido Dido and Aeneas 


Puccini
Suzuki Madama Butterfly 
La Zia Principessa Suor Angelica 


Rossini
Malcolm La donna del lago
Title role Tancredi
Maria Mose in Egitto
Edwige Guillaume Tell
Arsace Semiramide


Saariaho, Kaija
Title role Adriana Mater


Strauss, R.
Clarion Capriccio


Strauss, J.
Orlovsky Die Fledermaus 


Stravinsky
Baba the Turk The Rake’s Progress


Tippett
Helen King Priam 


Vaughan Williams
Maura The Riders to the Sea


Verdi
Azucena Il trovatore


Wagner
Erda / Fricka Der Ring des Nibelungen
Waltraute Götterdämmerung

Concert repertoire

Bach
St Matthew Passion
St John Passion
Christmas Oratorio
B Minor Mass 


Beethoven
Symphony No.9
Misse Solemnis


Berlioz
Romeo et Juliette
Les nuits d'Étés


Brahms
Alto Rhapsody


Britten
Spring Symphony


Durufle
Requiem


Dvořák
Stabat Mater


Elgar
The Dream of Gerontius
The Apostles
The Music Makers


Handel
Messiah
Storge Jeptha
Irene Theodora
Resurection 


Janáček
Glagolitic Mass


Mahler
Symphony No.2
Symphony No.3
Symphony No.8
Ruckert Lieder
Kindertotenlieder
Das Lied von der Erde


Mendelssohn
Die Walpurgesnacht
Elijah


Mozart
Requiem


Pergolesi
Stabat Mater


Prokofiev
Alexander Nevsky


Respighi
Il Tramonto


Rossini
Stabat Mater
Petit Messe 


Saariaho
Adriana Mater Suite


Shoenberg
Gurrelieder


Tippett
Child of our Time 


Verdi
Requiem 


Wagner
Wesendonck Lieder 

Patricia Bardon, as Mary, had to hold everyone on stage…in a magnetic, almost erotic thrall, and succeeded; her mezzo was rich, ripe and authoritative

Opera Magazine

She exuded sheer involvement in the part of Mary Magdalene, taking control of the stage in presence while being vocally impeccable.

Seen & Heard International

Patricia Bardon was utterly melting as Zenobia.

The New York Times

Intermusica represents Patricia Bardon worldwide

Julia Maynard
Director / Head of Vocal & Opera
+44 20 7608 9902
jmaynard@intermusica.co.uk

Isla Mundell-Perkins
Associate Manager, Vocal & Opera
+44 20 7608 9915
imundell-perkins@intermusica.co.uk

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