Patricia Roach

Patricia Roach

Mezzo-Soprano

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Canadian mezzo-soprano Patricia Roach is a sought after artist in Europe, praised for both her vocal versatility and vivid portrayals. As a resident soloist at the State Theatre in Mainz from 2002-2014, she made her mark with key roles such as Octavian (Der Rosenkavalier), Der Komponist (Ariadne auf Naxos), Charlotte (Werther), Dorabella (Così fan tutte), Cherubino (Le Nozze di Figaro), Idamante (Idomeneo) and Suzuki (Madama Butterfly). Her portrayal of Venus in Tannhäuser (Dresden version), was hailed by critics as “powerful, expressive, warm and evocative". Her successful debut as Brangäne in Tristan und Isolde was a highlight of the 2011-2012 season at the State Theatre in Mainz. Her performance was lauded as a ``highly expressive and remarkably complex portrayal, leaving a lasting impression“. Recent successes include “Frau” in a staging of Schönberg's Erwartung. “The most beautiful and truly noteworthy impression was left by Patricia Roach as “Frau”. Such a focused, rich, expressive voice with brilliant and powerful high notes and velvety soft vocal nuances is not often heard in this precarious role.” Patricia Roach has worked with such noted directors as Vera Nemirova, Tatjana Gürbaca, Katharina Wagner, Tilman Knabe, Georges Delnon, Soeren Schumacher, Sandra Leupold and with such up-and-coming directors as, Georg Schütky and Anja Kühnhold. She has sung under the baton of Catherine Rückwardt, Hermann Bäumer, Peter Ruzicka, Tõnu Kaljuste, Stefan Blunier, Victor Puhl, Andreas Hotz, Florian Csizmadia, Clemens Heil, Peter Halasz and Stephan Zilias. Guest engagements have taken Patricia Roach to the Cologne Opera, the State Theatres of Wiesbaden, Nürnberg and Darmstadt, Theatre Bielefeld, and to the Dutch National Opera for the world premiere of Writing to Vermeer by Louis Andriessen . Highlights of the 2014-2015 season included engagements at the Trier Theatre as Larina (Eugene Onegin) and Carmen in a special project with the Porta Nigra School for children with special needs. Her concert work includes Verdi`s Requiem, Beethoven`s Symphony No.9, Berio`s Folk Songs, Bach`s Mass in B-minor, Hadyn's Nelson Mass, Pergolesi`s Stabat Mater, Copland's Old American Folk Songs, Mahler`s Des Knaben Wunderhorn and Les Nuits d'Été by Berlioz. A graduate of McGill University in Montreal Canada, Patricia was a member of both the Studio de L'Opéra of the Opéra National du Rhin and the Opera Studio Nederland, as well as of the Académie Européenne de Musique du Festival d'Aix-en-Provence.
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