New Zealand–American soprano Patricia Westley is gaining recognition as a young artist of great vocal and theatrical appeal. Her 2018 commitments include her San José Chamber Orchestra debut as a featured soloist, in partnership with the San Francisco Opera Center, and her Oakland Symphony debut as soprano soloist in Brahms’ Ein Deutsches Requiem. She spent the summer of 2018 in residency with San Francisco Opera’s illustrious Merola Opera Program to perform the leading romantic role of Elisa in Mozart’s early masterpiece Il re pastore.
A favorite with San Francisco audiences, Westley has performed with Pocket Opera as Adele in Die Fledermaus, for which she was critically hailed as “vocally-comically sensational,” and with Lamplighters Music Theatre as Yum-Yum in The Mikado, Elsie in The Yeomen of the Guard, and Casilda in The Gondoliers.
During the 2016–2017 season Westley fulfilled a young artist residency with Shreveport Opera, making mainstage debuts as Musetta in La bohème, Despina in Così fan tutte, and Hodel in Fiddler on the Roof.
Westley’s talents have been acknowledged and encouraged in the vocal competition circuit; she won the 2016 East Bay Opera League Competition, placed as a finalist in the Franco-American Vocal Academy 2016 Vocal Competition (Grand Concours de Chant), and earned a 2015 Encouragement Award from the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions. Her training includes young artist residencies with Pittsburgh Festival Opera, the International Vocal Arts Institute, the Tyrolean Opera Program, and SongFest. Westley earned her Master of Music in Opera Performance degree from the University of Oklahoma and her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Vocal Performance from Carnegie Mellon University.