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Patricia Bardon


  • 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 2017/18 season include Ulrica Un ballo in maschera at the Gran Teatre del Liceu, Barcelona and for Opera North, a return to Glyndebourne Festival Opera for Cornelia Giulio Cesare and Zenobia in a concert tour of Radamisto with the Orchester Wiener Akademie.

    Most recent highlights include her critically acclaimed performance in the title role of Agrippina at the Theater an der Wien, Arsace Partenope for English National Opera, Principessa Suor Angelica for Opera North, Angel Dream of Gerontius with Simone Young and the orchestra of English National Opera at the Royal Festival Hall, Mahler Symphony No.2 with the Maggio Musicale Orchestra and Fabio Luisi in Florence, Mahler Symphony No.8 with the LPO and Vladimir Jurowski, and Erda Das Rheingold with the Boston Symphony Orchestra and Andris Nelsons.

    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, 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. 

    2017-2018 season / 688 words. Not to be altered without permission.


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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

Geschwitz Lulu

Didon Les Troyens

Title role Carmen
Title role Djamileh 

Lady Penelope Gloriana

Principessa Adriana Lecouvreur 

Genevieve Pelléas et Melisande 

La Nourrice Ariane et Barbe Bleu 

Jezibaba Rusalka

Title role Orfeo 

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

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

Sorceress Dido and Aeneas
Dido Dido and Aeneas 

Suzuki Madama Butterfly 
La Zia Principessa Suor Angelica 

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 

Baba the Turk The Rake’s Progress

Helen King Priam 

Vaughan Williams
Maura The Riders to the Sea

Azucena Il trovatore

Erda / Fricka Der Ring des Nibelungen
Waltraute Götterdämmerung

Concert repertoire

St Matthew Passion
St John Passion
Christmas Oratorio
B Minor Mass 

Symphony No.9
Misse Solemnis

Romeo et Juliette
Les nuits d'Étés

Alto Rhapsody

Spring Symphony


Stabat Mater

The Dream of Gerontius
The Apostles
The Music Makers

Storge Jeptha
Irene Theodora

Glagolitic Mass

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

Die Walpurgesnacht


Stabat Mater

Alexander Nevsky

Il Tramonto

Stabat Mater
Petit Messe 

Adriana Mater Suite


Child of our Time 


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

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Artist Manager, Vocal & Opera
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