Brenda Patterson, Mezzo-soprano
Mezzo-soprano Brenda Patterson has been at the forefront of contemporary vocal music for 20 years, recognized as much for her artistic bravery as for the beauty and warmth of her voice. A graduate of The Juilliard School and Barnard College, Brenda was at the Hamburg State Opera before continuing to La Scala in Milan and the Metropolitan Opera, where she was on the roster for seven seasons, and at Opera Colorado, Glimmerglass Opera, Lyric Opera of Kansas City, and Florida Grand Opera, among many others. Brenda has premiered over 30 vocal works and is also an official vocal consultant to the composers-in-residence at Opera Philadelphia. She is a co-founder of VHO and the only singer in America to hold the title of Director of Music of an opera company.