Irish mezzo-soprano Patricia Bardon is in demand for repertoire ranging from the Baroque through to Rossini and Wagner and her distinguished career has led to collaborations with conductors, orchestras and opera houses of the highest calibre. Highlights of the 2018/19 season include Ravel “L’enfant et les sortilèges” withSimon Rattle and the London Symphony Orchestra at the BBC Proms, her role debutas Kabanicha “Káťa Kabanová” for Scottish Opera, and a return to Glyndebourne for Jezibaba “Rusalka”.
Recent highlights 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”, 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 Zenobia “Radamisto” with the Orchester Wiener Akademie, Angel “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.
An acclaimed Baroque and bel canto singer, career highlights include the title role “Giulio Cesare” at the Gran Teatre del Liceu, Barcelona, title role “Orlando” at the Opéra National de Paris (CD/Erato), Cornelia “Giulio Cesare” at the Bayerische Staatsoper, Lyric Opera of Chicago and The Metropolitan Opera, Rosmira “Partenope” for Lyric Opera of Chicago, Theater an der Wien and ENO (earning her a Olivier nomination for Outstanding Achievement in Opera), Andronico “Tamerlano” for Los Angeles Opera, Washington, Amsterdam and Madrid, Penelope “Il ritorno d’Ulisse in patria” for Dutch National Opera, Maggio Musicale Florence and at the Berlin Staatsoper, and Amastras “Xerxes” for the Semperoper Dresden and Bayerische Staatsoper (DVD Opus Arte). 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” at La Monnaie, and Malcolm “La donna del Lago” for the Edinburgh International Festival(CD/Opera Rara). Appearing regularly at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, most recent roles here include Lady Penelope “Gloriana”, Edwige “Guillaume Tell” and Baba the Turk “The Rake’s Progress” (the latter earning her an Olivier nomination).
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 “DerRing 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, 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, “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.
As of July 2019