Winner of the Loveday Song Prize at the 2017 Kathleen Ferrier Awards and a Samling Artist, Patrick Terry was born and raised in Janesville, Wisconsin.
He earned his Bachelor’s of Music from the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities, where he studied with Adriana Zabala, and graduated from London’s Royal Academy of Music, where he studied with Caitlin Hulcup and Michael Chance on the Opera Course with generous support from the Josephine Baker Trust and the John J Adams Scholarship, in Summer 2018.
Selected for the 2018 Leeds Lieder Young Artists Festival, further competition success has included Second Prize at the 2015 Joan Chissell Schumann Lieder Competition, winning the 2014 Maureen Lehane Vocal Award and winning the 2017 Richard Lewis / Jean Shanks Award.
He has toured with the Merry Opera Company’s staged production of Handel’s Messiah and has sung as soloist for the RAM / Koch Foundation Bach Cantata series. For Royal Academy Opera, he sang The Refugee Flight and Ruggiero Alcina.
Operatic engagements have included The Boy / Angel 1 Written On Skin with the Melos Sinfonia, Oberon A Midsummer Night’s Dream for Chicago Summer Opera,Rosencrantz in Brett Dean’s Hamlet for Glyndebourne On Tour and the title role in Teseo with La Nuova Musica at the 2018 London Handel Festival. Concert highlights have included a Wigmore Hall appearance with Imogen Cooper.
Patrick Terry is a member of the Jette Parker Young Artists Programme at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. This season, he travels to Japan to appear in Le Promesse (Gala Concert by Young Opera Singers Tomorrow of the World) at the New National Theatre, Tokyo, and sings Farnace Berenice and Artemis in Hans Werner Henze’s Phaedra. During 2018 / 2019, he will also return to the Wigmore Hall for Heroes and Villains, appear in Beyond Jerusalem: The Life and Times of Sir Charles Hubert Parry at the London Song Festival and sing Ruggiero Alcina with La Nuova Musica.
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The Boy: Written On Skin / Melos Sinfonia
“...a sensuous portrayal that combined subtlety and urgency, matched by singing of gorgeous potency – the quality of his top voice is very impressive.“
“Patrick Terry, in the less flesh-and-blood role of the Boy, floated seductively ethereal lines…”
“Patrick Terry’s plangently sung Boy..”
The Refugee: Flight / Royal Academy Opera
”In the casting of countertenor and stratospheric soprano, Dove nods at Oberon and Tytania in Britten’s Dream, another relationship in crisis. In a superb all-round cast, Patrick Terry‘s Refugee and Ilona Revolskaya‘s Controller still stood out – possibly down to the high-wire acrobatics of the vocal writing. Terry’s countertenor is smooth and tender, especially when he learns that his brother has died – “a frozen man falling like a frozen star” – in his attempt for freedom.“
“Patrick Terry sang with innocent sweetness and simplicyt….”
“…the countertenor Patrick Terry excelled…”
Ruggiero: Alcina / La Nuova Musica
“Patrick Terry brought ardour and expressiveness to Ruggiero. Alcina’s latest prey without sounding cloying or self-satisfied – indeed his legato was as clearly-focussed in the ravishing “Verdi prati” as it was controlled but heroic in the triumphant “Stal nell’Ircana.”
“As Ruggiero, Patrick Terry’s countertenor was sublime, with the consistency it showed in feeling truly dreamy from start to finish being remarkable. As a result, his sound seemed to flow naturally through even the most technically demanding parts of his arias.”
“Particularly impressive was countertenor Patrick Terry who conveyed both Ruggierio’s initial boyish need for reasurance and affection, and his subsequent self-knowledge when he comes to appreciate the emptiness of his earlier happiness…I admired Terry’s singing when I first heard him perform in the Kathleen Ferrier Awards Final in 2017 (when he won the Song Prize), and the fullness of his tone and smoothness of line that I noted on that occasion have grown even more beguiling. ‘Verdi prati’ was the emotional heart of this performance, in which Ruggiero’s regret was enhanced by leader Anaïs Chen’s exquisite violin solo, but Terry was just as stirring in ‘Sta nell’Ircana’ – to which the natural horns of Anneke Scott and Joseph walters offered a vibrant, colourful complement – phrasing the exuberant runs stylishily and powering sonorously to the final cadence.”
“Patrick Terry as Ruggiero is at his exquisite best in the lilting Verdi prati.”
“…Patrick Terry’s heart-stopping accounts of the sublime love songs for Alcina’s besotted swain, Ruggiero…”
The Sunday Times
“…his excellent technique saw him sail through the virtuosic Sta nell’Ircana and his sensitive artistry was evident in the lyrical Verdi prati. Remember his name.”
“…the stars aligned when the stunnng young counter Patrick Terry dispatched Ruggiero’s sublime numbers, Mi lusinga il dolce affetto and Verdi prati, where time seemed to stop as the herby strings supported Terry’s cream and gold tones. In two words? Absolutely fabulous.”
Ruggiero: Alcina / Royal Academy Opera
“Patrick Terry’s unusually crisp and liquid tone at a high pitch, even for a countertenor, made for an impressive realisation of Ruggiero, in the throes of infatuated pleasure on Alcina’s island. He is surely a singer to watch in other roles written for the great castratos such as Senesino, Carestini and Farinelli.”
“…Patrick Terry, whose consistent beauty of tone and heroic demeanour suggested the heir to David Daniels.”
Teseo / London Handel Festival
“Patrick Terry’s Teseo combined both purity and strength of tone without strain…”
“Terry’s countertenor possessed all of the formal attributes required to generate a strong sound, but it went beyond producing merely that to achieve what can only be described as a dreamy perfection.”
Kathleen Ferrier Awards / Wigmore Hall
“Terry’s performance of L’enamourée by Reynaldo Hahn was one of the highlights of the evening: there was a real sense of rapture as Théodore de Banville’s poetry flowered from sparse gentleness to rich delight. The exquisitely smooth phrases enticed the listener; the lines were nimbly flexible but contoured with total control.”