Biography of Wright Patricia:
Patricia Wright’s pure voice, intelligent musicianship and natural technique are the basis of her success in Opera, Oratorio, Lieder and Art Song. Her April 2000 debut in the title role of MADAMA BUTTERFLY with New Zealand Opera earned the tribute of "exquisite singer – the most refined in New Zealand perhaps." Opera Opera, and "powerful and emotive voice which turns from ecstasy to pathos effortlessly" NBR. Her recent opera roles in Australia and New Zealand have been The First Lady (Magic Flute), Clorinda (Cenerentola), Oscar (Un Ballo in Maschera), Micaela (Carmen), The Countess (Marriage of Figaro), Mimi (La Boheme), Liu (Turandot), Nedda (Pagliacci) and Magda (La Rondine). Her recent concert performances with the NZSO and the Auckland Philharmonia have included Carmina Burana, Rachmaninov Vocalise, Messiah, The Four Last Songs, Beethoven 9th, Child of our Time, Verdi Requiem, Pulcinella and Mahler 4th. Her recent Lieder and Art Song recitals range from Wolf’s Italienisches Liederbuch, to Clara Schumann Songs, Arnold Bax Songs and Arthur Bliss Songs. Her performances are the most consistently broadcast in New Zealand. Patricia Wright achieved acclaim as a singer in her late-teens studying under the legendary Dame Sr. Mary Leo in Auckland before becoming Dame Joan Hammond’s first pupil at the Victoria College of Arts in Melbourne. Upon winning the then largest Australian scholarship she went to the UK and Europe for further study. For the BBC Radio 3 she recorded works by Prokofiev, Menotti, Marx, Kabalevsky, Brahms, Poulenc, Auric, Dring, Weir, Bliss, Bridge and Bax. She performed opera in Britain, Belfast and Wexford. Highlight concert performances in Britain include a BBC broadcast with the English Chamber Orchestra, the guest soloist at the last night of the Llangollen Eisteddfod, a BBC live broadcast of Frank Bridge songs with the New London Orchestra from St Johns Smith Square and a soloist in Serenade to Music at the Last Night of the Proms. She represented New Zealand in the 1989 Cardiff Singer of the World. Her CD recordings to date are Jane Austen Songs on Pearl SHE CD 9613, Arnold BAX on Continuum CCD 1046, Verdi Requiem on Atoll A9805 and Serenata, Songs by Italian Composers on Atoll A9803.