That’s a tribute to the conducting of Geoffrey Paterson, whose instinct for pace lets the score pulse and glow.
The Spectator (Orphée, English National Opera)
Hailed as a conductor with ‘natural and charismatic authority’ (Opera World), Geoffrey Paterson is renowned for his ‘impressive command’ (The Telegraph) and ‘impeccable grace’ (The Guardian) in repertoire extending from the Baroque to music of the present day. His work in the concert hall and the opera house is praised for his ‘winning combination of assuredness, agility and enthusiasm’ (The Telegraph) as well as his ‘instinct for pace’ (The Spectator) and ‘innate feel for orchestral texture’ (MusicOMH).
In 2020 he made his televised BBC Proms debut with Steve Reich’s City Life, returning in 2022 to continue a longstanding collaboration with the London Sinfonietta and Norwegian saxophonist and composer Marius Neset. Other memorable concert performances of recent years have included Strauss’s own film-score reworking of Der Rosenkavalier with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment in Vienna and London, Nielsen’s Sinfonia Espansiva with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Strauss’s Bourgeois Gentilhomme with the Hamburg Symphony Orchestra and Bernstein’s West Side Story to an audience of 10,000 with the Danish National Symphony Orchestra. International appearances of 2023 included a return to the DNSO for MacMillan’s Veni Veni Emmanuel with Dame Evelyn Glennie and his Japanese debut conducting Rachmaninov’s 3rd Symphony with the Nagoya Philharmonic Orchestra, leading to an immediate reinvitation.
In the current season Geoffrey Paterson makes concert debuts with the Ulster Orchestra and Aarhus Symphony Orchestra and returns to the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Ensemble 10:10 and Nash Ensemble at Wigmore Hall, as well as leading the London Sinfonietta in several projects and conducting a new production of Britten’s Albert Herring for the Royal Academy of Music. Other season highlights include Ligeti’s Atmosphères and extracts from Wagner’s Der Ring des Nibelungen with the Brighton Philharmonic.
Paterson’s extensive and varied repertoire includes Porgy and Bess and Die Fledermaus for the Royal Danish Opera, Die Entführung aus dem Serail for Glyndebourne on Tour, La Bohème for Opera North, Philip Glass’ Orphée for English National Opera, Massenet’s Le portrait de Manon at Covent Garden and The Nutcracker and Cinderella for the Royal Danish Ballet. He made his debut at Frankfurt Opera conducting a new production of Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream directed by Brigitte Fassbaender, with other recent engagements taking him to the Dutch National Opera and Bavarian State Opera.
Other ensembles with whom he has performed and recorded include the Philharmonia, BBC Symphony Orchestra, BBC National Orchestra of Wales, BBC Philharmonic, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Aurora Orchestra, Orchestre National de Lille, Copenhagen Phil, Norwegian Radio Orchestra, Stavanger Symphony Orchestra, Basel Sinfonietta, Musikkollegium Winterthur, Bayerische Kammerphilharmonie, Munich Chamber Orchestra, National Orchestra of Belgium, Amsterdam Sinfonietta and Residentie Orchestra.