Canadian conductor Tyrone Paterson served as Artistic Director and Principal Conductor for Opera Lyra Ottawa from 1998-2014. He appeared with opera companies and symphony orchestras across worldwide. He led many of Opera Lyra Ottawa’s greatest successes, including Aïda, Un ballo in maschera, La bohème, Il trovatore, La fille du régiment, Les pêcheurs de perles, Madama Butterfly, Tosca, Eugene Onegin, Macbeth, Manon, Lucia di Lammermoor, Rigoletto, La traviata, Les contes d’Hoffmann, Don Giovanni, Romeo et Juliette, Falstaff, and Otello. He has served as Music Advisor and Principal Conductor for Manitoba Opera since 2004. Previously, he served as Resident Conductor for Calgary Opera and Music Director of the Calgary Youth Orchestra. This season, Paterson conducts Falstaff and Werther with Manitoba Opera and Die Zauberflöte with Western University.
Recent engagements include Aïda, Don Pasquale, Rigoletto, Falstaff, and Werther with Manitoba Opera; La bohème, La traviata, Carmen, Madama Butterfly, and Tosca for Opera Lyra Ottawa; and Otello for Theatre Erfurt in Germany.
International performances include Die Zauberflöte for the Beijing Music Festival; Berlioz’s Les nuits d’été and Mendelssohn’s Symphony No. 3 in A Minor at the San Remo Music Festival in Italy; Rigoletto and La traviata for Teatrul Național de Operă in Constanţa Romania; Tosca at Opern Air Festspiele Gars in Austria; Mendelssohn’s Symphony No. 2 in B-flat Major with the Macao International Music Festival; Bartók’s Bluebeard’s Castle, and the Czech première of Verdi’s rarely performed Giovanna d’Arco. He was honored to conduct Jenůfa for the International Music Festival Janáček Hukvaldy in the hometown of the famous Czech composer Leoš Janácek, led Borodin’s Russian masterpiece Prince Igor for The National Moravian-Silesian Theatre and conducted a gala concert in Kraków, Poland.
In Canada alone, he conducted nearly 100 different productions with highlights including Rigoletto with Opéra de Montréal; Turandot, Il barbiere di Siviglia, L’elisir d’amore, and Candide with Vancouver Opera; a double bill of La voix humaine/Le portrait de Manon with Opera Ontario; Cavalleria rusticana/Pagliacci with Edmonton Opera; Salome, Carmen, La traviata, La Cenerentola, Of Mice and Men, and Il trovatore with Manitoba Opera; Massenet’s Manon and Hänsel und Gretel with Calgary Opera; and The Rape of Lucretia with Opera on the Avalon; and symphonic and opera gala concerts with Orchestre symphonique de Québec, Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra, Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, Edmonton Symphony Orchestra, and Calgary Youth Orchestra. US engagements include Il barbiere di Siviglia and Lucia di Lammermoor (featuring Sumi Jo) with Opera Carolina; Turandot, La traviata and Don Giovanni with Hawaii Opera Theater; Carmen, Madama Butterfly, and Pirates of Penzance with the Fresno Grand Opera; and Aïda for Nashville Opera.
Performances he conducted have been broadcast on both CBC National Radio and CKUA radio, including national broadcasts of Il barbiere di Siviglia (Vancouver Opera), Lucia di Lammermoor, and Manon (Opera Lyra). Career highlights include concerts featuring Ben Heppner with the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra and Richard Margison with the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra. He led numerous other legendary Canadian artists such as Theodore Baerg, Tracy Dahl, Judith Forst, Louis Quilico, Ermanno Mauro, and Alan Monk. In addition, Maestro Paterson inaugurated Opera Lyra Ottawa’s Opera Studio, the purpose of which is to create training and performance experience for Canadian rising stars.