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Patricia Bardon

Mezzo-soprano

  • Irish mezzo-soprano Patricia Bardon is in high demand for repertoire ranging from the Baroque through to Rossini and Wagner. Her distinguished career has led to collaborations with conductors, orchestras, and opera houses of the highest calibre. In 2023/24 Bardon will return to sing the role of Fricka in Die Walküre and Das Rheingold at Zurich Opera and sing the role of Cornelia Giulio Cesare in the Blackwater Valley Opera Festival.

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  • On the opera stage, recent highlights include her house debut at Teatro Colon playing Baba the Turk in The Rake’s Progress, Fricka in Die Walküre at Zurich Opera House, Suzuki Madama Butterfly for The Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, Cornelia Giulio Cesare for Theater an der Wien, Ragonde Le Comte Ory for Garsington Opera, her debut for Opéra national du Rhin as Jezibaba Rusalka, her role debut as Kabanicha Káťa Kabanová for Scottish Opera, a return to Glyndebourne for Jezibaba Rusalka, Ulrica Un ballo in maschera at the Gran Teatre del Liceu, Barcelona and for Opera North,  Cornelia Giulio Cesare for Glyndebourne, the title role Agrippina at the Theater an der Wien, Arsace Partenope for English National Opera, and Principessa Suor Angelica for Opera North.


    On the concert platform, recent highlights include L'enfant et les sortilèges with Simon Rattle and the London Symphony Orchestra at the BBC Proms, Angel The Dream of Gerontius with Simone Young at the Royal Festival Hall, Mahler Symphony No.2 with the Maggio Musicale Orchestra and Fabio Luisi, Mahler Symphony No.8 with the LPO and Vladimir Jurowski, and Erda Das Rheingold with the Boston Symphony Orchestra and Andris Nelsons.


    Bardon’s diverse career has embraced roles from Baroque through to bel canto and Wagner. Baroque highlights include the title role Giulio Cesare at the Gran Teatre del Liceu Barcelona, Cornelia Giulio Cesare Bayerische Staatsoper, Lyric Opera of Chicago and The Metropolitan Opera, title role Orlando Opéra National de Paris (CD/Erato), Rosmira Partenope Lyric Opera of Chicago, Theater an der Wien and ENO (earning her a Olivier nomination for Outstanding Achievement in Opera), Penelope Il ritorno d’Ulisse in patria Dutch National Opera, Maggio Musicale Florence, Berlin Staatsoper, and Amastras Xerxes Semperoper Dresden and Bayerische Staatsoper (DVD Opus Arte). Bel canto highlights include Tancredi and Arsace Semiramide La Fenice, Calbo Il Maometto Secondo Santa Fe Opera, Smeaton Anna Bolena for San Francisco Opera, title role La Cenerentola La Monnaie, and Malcolm La donna del Lago for the Edinburgh International Festival (CD/Opera Rara). Other notable highlights include Lady Penelope Gloriana, Edwige Guillaume Tell and Baba the Turk The Rake’s Progress (the latter earning her an Olivier nomination) at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden as well as Erda in the Grammy-award-winning production of Der Ring des Nibelungen The Metropolitan Opera (DVD/Deutsche Grammophone). Performances of the title role in Saariaho's Adriana Mater for Opera national de Paris, the title role in the staged world premiere of John Adams The Gospel according to the other Mary at ENO, and Maurya Riders to the Sea at ENO (which won an Laurence Olivier Nomination) are all testament to an exceptional artistic versatility.

    2023/24 season / 507 words. Not to be altered without permission.

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Opera repertoire

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


Berg
Geschwitz Lulu


Britten
Lady Penelope Gloriana
Auntie Peter Grimes


Cilea
Principessa Adriana Lecouvreur 


Debussy
Genevieve Pelléas et Melisande 


Dukas
La Nourrice Ariane et Barbe Bleu 


Dvorak
Jezibaba Rusalka


Handel
Arsace Partenope
Dejanira Hercules 
Cornelia Giulio Cesare
Title role Agrippina
Zenobia Radamisto
Irene Theodora


Janáček
Kabanicha Káťa Kabanová


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


Poulenc
Mère Marie de l'Incarnation Dialogues des Carmélites


Purcell
Sorceress Dido and Aeneas


Puccini
Suzuki Madama Butterfly 
La Zia Principessa Suor Angelica 


Rossini
Title role Tancredi
Edwige Guillaume Tell


Saariaho, Kaija
Title role Adriana Mater


Strauss, R.
Clarion Capriccio
Klytemnestra Elektra
Herodias Salome


Strauss, J.
Orlovsky Die Fledermaus 


Stravinsky
Baba the Turk The Rake’s Progress


Vaughan Williams
Maura The Riders to the Sea


Verdi
Azucena Il trovatore


Wagner
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 emphasized Kabanicha's subtle powers of manipulation, her devastating composure and, most of all, her enduring sexual allure...and for those of us more accustomed to hearing Bardon in Handel, the suprise was how convincingly she handled Janáček's jaggedly domineering vocal lines, delivered here in rich tones and idiomatic accents

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, 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

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Intermusica represents Patricia Bardon worldwide

Julia Maynard
Deputy Chief Executive / Head of Vocal & Opera
+44 20 7608 9902
jmaynard@intermusica.com






Isabelle Morgan
Associate Artist Manager, Vocal & Opera
+44 20 7608 9947
imorgan@intermusica.com

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Harpsichord

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Saxophone

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