American Mezzo-Soprano Patrice Eaton is a versatile performer in various musical genres, and is a frequent performer of premiere works. Ms. Eaton's career in opera began as member of the children's chorus of both the Metropolitan Opera and New York City Opera. As a young artist at the Caramoor International Music Festival in 2010 and 2011, she covered the roles of Hedwige in Guillaume Tell and Little Buttercup in H.M.S. Pinafore, and was a featured artist in the Bel Canto at Caramoor concert series. Upcoming events this season include; the We Shall Overcome National Tour with Damien Sneed honoring the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Amahl and the Night Visitors with Harlem Opera Theater and several recitals. In the 2016-2017 season, Ms. Eaton made her Carnegie Hall debut honoring the late Sylvia Olden Lee, followed by her debut with the National Philharmonic performing as a soloist with the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra and The Morgan State Choir in Wynton Marsalis’ All Rise at the Strathmore, and performed the role of Pythia in the World Premiere of Nkeiru Okoye’s We’ve Got our Eye on You with SUNY - New Paltz Opera.
Ms. Eaton's concert engagements have included performing as soloist with the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra in the U.S. tour of Wynton Marsalis' Abyssinian Mass (Recorded live under the Blue Engine Records Label), Soloist in Beethoven's Ninth Symphony and Tchaikovsky's Ode to Joy with the Lehigh University Choral Arts, Rossini's Petite Messe Solennelle at the Caramoor Festival, and Handel's Messiah with the Abyssinian Baptist Church Orchestra and Choir. She has sung at the
Edinburgh International Festival, Athens Epidaurus Festival, and the Vienna Arts Festival.
Previous Seasons have seen Ms. Eaton as Dorabella in Cosi fan Tutte with Opera Ebony, Caroline in the World Premiere of Harriet Tubman: When I Have Crossed the Line to Freedom with American Opera Projects, Adalgisa in Norma with Hudson Opera Theater, Giovanna in Anna Bolena with the Musica Bella Concert Series, Lily/Annie/Strawberry Woman with in a concert version of Porgy and Bess with Syracuse Opera,
Die Drei Pintos with Bronx Opera, Mrs. Nolan in The Medium with Chelsea Opera, and the roles of Marcellina in Le Nozze di Figaro and Marthe Schwerlein in Faust with Amore Opera. Patrice is a graduate of the University of Kentucky. She is a proud member of Sigma Alpha Iota Music Fraternity and a Lifetime and National Board Member of the National Association of Negro Musicians (NANM) and the Artistic Director of Three on 3 Music.
Photo Credit: James Edward Alexander, Sneak Peek Photography