Presentation of the Rose - Patricia Westley
New Zealand–American soprano Patricia Westley is gaining recognition as a young artist of great vocal and theatrical appeal. Her 2018 commitments 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. She spent the summer of 2018 in residency with San Francisco Opera's illustrious Merola Opera Program in 2018 to perform the leading romantic role of Elisa in Mozart's early masterpiece Il re pastore and will rejoin Merola for the summer of 2019, singing the role of Selena in the world premier of If I Were You by Jake Heggie and Gene Scheer. Also in 2019, Ms. Westley will make 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, her Schwabacher Recital Series (San Francisco Opera Center) debut with Martin Katz at the piano and as will return to the San José Chamber Orchestra for Bachianas Brasileiras No.5. During the 2019-2020, Ms. Westley will join the Benenson Young Artist Program at Palm Beach Opera where she will debut the title role of Gretel in Hänsel und Gretel.
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.