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Sir Peter Maxwell Davies (1934–2016)


Iain Paterson: role debut as Hans Sachs in The Mastersingers of Nuremberg at ENO

24 January 2015

Iain Paterson make his role debut as Hans Sachs in a new production of Wagner’s The Mastersingers of Nuremberg at English National Opera, opening on 7 February. Directed by Richard Jones and conducted by Edward Gardner, the production runs until 10 March and also features David Stout as Fritz Kothner, Rachel Nicholls as Eva, Andrew Shore as Beckmesser, James Crewswell as Pogner and Gwyn Hughes Jones as Walther von Stolzing. Further performances will be on 14 February (3pm), 18 February (5pm), 21 February (3pm), 25 February (5pm), 3 March (5pm), 7 March (3pm) and 10 March (5pm).

This production continues a season of significant Wagner debuts for Iain Paterson. Paterson recently sang his first Kurwenal Tristan und Isolde at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, to great critical acclaim:

"Iain Paterson’s youthful, lyrically sung Kurwenal… [a] huge asset”
Hugh Canning, Sunday Times, December 2014

“Iain Paterson’s Kurwenal showed why the Scottish bass-baritone is increasingly in demand in these roles and why London is very lucky to have him back singing Hans Sachs in English National Opera’s Mastersingers of Nuremberg early next year.”
George Smart, Harper's Bazaar, December 2014

“Iain Paterson is the striking Kurwenal”
Tim Ashley, Guardian, December 2014

Following Hans Sachs at ENO, Paterson makes his debut as Wotan Die Walküre for Houston Grand Opera, and later this summer makes his debut at the Bayreuth Festival singing the role of Kurwenal Tristan und Isolde.

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