American bass Chester Patton performed Henry VIII in Bilbao's Anna Bolena last fall, preceded by his first Zaruzeula in Madrid to open the 2007-08. Last season he was Sarastro for Opera North in the U.K. and also performed their summer tour, again as Sarastro in The Magic Flute. In 2006-07 he performed concerts at La Monnaie, Brussels and the Concertgebouw, Amsterdam, as the Old Hebrew in Samson et Dalila with Borodina and Tanner, reprised his Capulet with Pittsburgh Opera in their new production of Roméo et Juliette and also reprised his Nick Shadow in La Corunia, Spain.
In 2006 he debuted at the Casals Festival in the Beethoven Ninth Symphony followed by the Verdi Requiem. In fall 2005 he brought his Mephisto to Nashville Opera to begin 2005-06. Last spring saw his debut in the Canary Islands as Nick Shadow in their new Rake which was preceded by his triumph as Trieste’s Mephisto in their new Faust.
In fall 2005 he had returned to the New National Theater in Tokyo as Orest in a new Elektra and last summer portrayed Lorenzo, the bass lead in Capuleti, in his return to the Salzburg Festival. Just prior he made his Tokyo debut at the New National Theater as Escamillo in Carmen. In 2003 he made his Salzburg Festival debut as Carlo V in Don Carlo and as the "old Hebrew" in a concert Samson et Dalila (Domingo/Borodina/Gergiev) and recently debuted in Firenze in La Sonnambula. He also recently performed his first “wonderfully sung and acted” Leporello for Tulsa Opera and was with the Rotterdam Philharmonic in his debut as Mephistopheles in a concert performance of Faust. In 2002 he debuted with the Rome Opera in Romanza, a world premiere that opened their 2002-03 season.
Other recent engagements have included a “superior Don Basilio” in Barbiere for Boston Lyric, Baldassare in Bologna's new Favorite and a “triumphant” debut with VARA RADIO in Amsterdam as Nilakantha in Lakme. He also appeared with the Boston Lyric Opera as a “menacing and almost demonic” Grand Inquisitor in Don Carlos and with Portland Opera as a "deep true bass" Colline in La Boheme. He performed the Beethoven Ninth Symphony and the Missa Solemnis with the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra (under Mo Hugh Wolff), Ramfis with the Boston Lyric Opera, and the Verdi Requiem with the Mendelssohn Club at Philadelphia's Academy of Music.
Earlier career engagements have included Oroveso in Hawaii Opera's Norma and Capulet in Cleveland Opera's Roméo et Juliette, his Seattle Opera debut was as Masetto in Don Giovanni, the Old Hebrew in Toledo Opera's Samson and Sarastro for Opera San Jose. He had returned to the San Francisco Opera in early 1998 as Don Bartolo in Le Nozze di Figaro. Prior roles with the company include: Raimondo in Lucia, Alidoro in La Cenerentola, Don Basilio in Il Barbiere di Siviglia, Colline in La Boheme and the King in Aida. Other notable engagements have included Pizarro in Fidelio for Opera de Lyon, Don Basilio for Opera Pacific, Timur in Vancouver's Turandot, the Gran Sacerdote at the Opera de Paris, Bastille’s Nabucco and productions of Rigoletto, Trovatore and Boheme for Hawaii Opera Theatre.
Mr. Patton has an extensive orchestral repertoire and has performed often with orchestras in the San Francisco Bay area, as well as at other venues in the United States.
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