New Zealand–American soprano Patricia Westley is gaining recognition as a young artist of great vocal and theatrical appeal. In the 2020-21 season, Ms. Westley will return to Palm Beach Opera as a Beneson Young Artist, where in 2019 she made her role and house debut as Gretel in Hänsel und Gretel. In the spring of 2021 she will perform the role of Papagena and cover Pamina in their production of Die Zauberflöte, cover Musetta in La bohème, and make her role debut as Giulietta in I Capuletti e i Montecchi. In the spring of 2020, Ms. Westley was looking forward to making her Carnegie Hall debut as the soprano soloist in Forrest’s Requiem for the Living with MidAmerica Productions (COVID19).
In 2019, Ms. Westley rejoined the Merola Opera Program, singing the role of Selena in the world premiere of If I Were You by Jake Heggie and Gene Scheer. Additional season credits include her Pacific Symphony debut in their production of L’enfant et les sortilèges as La bergère Louis XV, Une pastourelle, La chauve-souris and La chouette, and her Schwabacher Recital Series (San Francisco Opera Center) debut in musical collaboration with Martin Katz.
Ms. Westley’s 2018 season highlights include her San José Chamber Orchestra debut as a featured soloist, in partnership with the San Francisco Opera Center, and her Oakland Symphony debut as soprano soloist in Brahms' Ein Deutsches Requiem. In the summer of 2018, she a resident artist with San Francisco Opera's illustrious Merola Opera Program where she performws the leading romantic role of Elisa in Mozart's early masterpiece Il re pastore.
A favorite with San Francisco audiences, Ms. Westley has performed with Pocket Opera as Adele in Die Fledermaus, for which she was critically hailed as "vocally-comically sensational", and with Lamplighters Music Theatre as Yum-Yum in The Mikado, Elsie in The Yeomen of the Guard, and Casilda in The Gondoliers. During the 2016–2017 season Ms. Westley fulfilled a young artist residency with Shreveport Opera, making mainstage debuts as Musetta in La bohème, Despina in Così fan tutte, and Hodel in Fiddler on the Roof.
Ms. Westley's talents have been acknowledged and encouraged in the vocal competition circuit; she has won the 2016 East Bay Opera League Competition, has placed as a finalist in the Franco-American Vocal Academy's 2016 Vocal Competition (Grand Concours de Chant), and has earned a 2015 Encouragement Award from the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions. Her training includes young artist residencies with Pittsburgh Festival Opera, the International Vocal Arts Institute, the Tyrolean Opera Program, and SongFest. Ms. Westley earned her Master of Music in Opera Performance from the University of Oklahoma and her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Vocal Performance from Carnegie Mellon University.