Born in Bombay, Patricia Rozario gained a BA in English and French from Bombay University, before coming to London to study at the Guildhall School of Music , winning the Gold Medal and the Maggie Teyte Prize. She subsequently studied at the National Opera Studio in London, and won prizes at the Salzburg Mozarteum, S’Hertogenbosch International Singing Competition, Benson and Hedges Competition at Aldeburgh, and International Young Artist Competition at Tunbridge Wells. Patricia was supported during her studies by the Countess of Munster Trust. Since then, she has enjoyed a wide-ranging career in opera, concert work, recording and broadcasting. She has performed with world renowned conductors, including Sir John Pritchard, Solti, Ashkenazy, Jurowski, Belohlavek, Gardiner, Pinnock, Ivan Fischer, Hickox and Andrew Davis, sung opera at Aix-en-Provence, Amsterdam, Lyon, Lille, Bremen, Antwerp, Wexford, English National Opera, Glyndebourne and Opera North. She has given concerts and recital worldwide, performed regularly with Graham Johnson in The Songmakers’ Almanac programmes, and appeared frequently at the BBC Proms.
Patricia’s unique voice and artistry has inspired over 15 of the world’s leading composers to write for her; most notably Arvo Pärt and Sir John Tavener, who alone wrote over thirty works for her, making their collaboration unique in the contemporary field. She has given the world premieres of many pieces written especially for her, including Pärt Como anhela la cierva, Roxanna Panufnik Beastly Tales, the one woman opera Don’t Go Down the Elephant by Andrew Gant and many works by Tavener, including Life Eternal, Ikon of Eros, Veil of the Temple in London and New York, Lament for Jerusalem in Australia and Schuon Lieder at the Ravina Festival in Chicago. She gave the UK premiere of songs from Ahmed Essayad’s Voix Interdites with London Sinfonietta, Tavener’s Cantus Mysticus with London Sinfonietta at the BBC Proms, To a Child Dancing in the Wind and Melina at Temenos Academy. She has also premiered John Casken’s Farness with the Northern Sinfonia and Chansons de Verlaine at the Wigmore Hall, and Jonathan Dove’s Minterne, with Steven Isserlis and Phillippe Honoré.
On the opera stage, Patricia created the role of Belisa in Simon Holt The Nightingale’s to Blame for Opera North, and sang in the premiere of Errolyn Wallen’s opera Another America: Earth at the Linbury Theatre, Royal Opera House. Further operatic appearances include Ilia Idomeneo for Glyndebourne, Zerlina Don Giovanni at Aix-en-Provence, Servilia La clemenza di Tito in Lyon, Pamina The Magic Flute for Kent Opera, and Vivaldi’s Catone in Utica with Jean-Claude Malgoire. She has also performed Nero L’incoronazione di Poppea for Kent Opera, Miriam in Golem by John Casken at the Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival and on a UK tour, and many of Handel’s operas at Innsbruck, Bremen and for Vlaamse Opera.
Her extensive discography includesPärt’s Face to Face, ‘Africa’ on Robert Fokkens’ Tracing Lines with the Fidelio Trio, Deirdre Gribbin Island People, Roxanna Panufnik ‘Dance of Life’ Talinn Mass, Blake The Passion of Mary with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Canteloube Songs of the Auvergne under Sir John Pritchard, Haydn Stabat Mater under Pinnock, Britten The Rape of Lucretia with Richard Hickox, a Gramophone award-winning recording of Casken’s Golem, Knaifel O Heavenly King, Górecki Good Night on Louth Sounds, and Spanish songs for soprano and guitar with Craig Ogden on Somm Records,recordings with Graham Johnson for the Hyperion Schubert Series, and several major works by Sir John Tavener, including Veil of the Temple, Epistle of Love, Mary of Egypt, the Akhmatova Songs with Steven Isserlis, Eternity’s Sunrise (nominated for the Classical Brit Awards 2000), Schuon Lieder,
Future highlights include performances at Dartington, Harrogate Festival, Brinkburn Festival, and the Con Brio Festival in India, as well as two concerts in Tallin to celebrate the birthday of Arvo Pärt.
Patricia, together with her husband, Mark Troop, started a singing teaching programme in India three years ago. Giving Voice to India develops local talent, both individually and chorally, in the techniques of western singing. Its long term aim is to raise the standard of western music in India to an international level. In summer 2014 Patricia will put on the first production of Dido and Aeneas with an all-Indian cast, on a tour of India with her Giving Voice students.
Patricia Rozario was awarded the OBE in the New Year’s Honours in 2001, the Asian Women’s Award for achievement in the Arts in 2002 and the Pravasi Bharatiya Samman Award in January 2013. She received a fellowship of the Royal College of Music in 2014.
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