Patrice P. Eaton, mezzo-soprano
Patrice P. Eaton is garnering national attention for her lustrous mezzo-soprano, dramatically “affecting” portrayals and great versatility across the range of operatic and concert repertoire. She completed her young artist training with two seasons at the Caramoor International Music Festival, and was a featured artist in the Bel Canto at Caramoor concert series. While at Caramoor, Ms. Eaton also covered the roles of Hedwige in Guillaume Tell (French) and Little Buttercup in H.M.S. Pinafore. Ms. Eaton recently sang Caroline in the World Premiere of Harriet Tubman: When I Have Crossed the Line to Freedom and Laura in the successful US premiere of von Weber’s Die Drei Pintos, produced by Bronx Opera in New York. Her roles include debuts as Mrs. Nolan in The Medium with Chelsea Opera, Lily in Porgy and Bess at New Jersey State Opera, Marcellina in Le Nozze di Figaro with Amore Opera, and Carmen with Opera Classique.
Ms. Eaton’s recent concert engagements include, soloist with the Wynton Marsalis Abysinnian: A Gospel Celebration, the mezzo-soprano Soloist in Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony “Ode to Joy” 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 New York’s Abyssinian Baptist Church Orchestra and Choir. She has sung at the Szeged International Arts Festival, Edinburgh International Festival, Athens Epidaurus Festival, Vienna Arts Festival, and the Queens College Chamber Music Live Series. Ms. Eaton collaborated in recital with Dr. Lucien Stark in an all-Brahms program to launch his publication, A Guide to Solo Songs of Johannes Brahms and Brahms’s Vocal Duets and Quartets with Piano.
A passionate exponent of the African-American spiritual tradition, Ms. Eaton is a founding member of the internationally-acclaimed American Spiritual Ensemble, and is a soloist on the Ensemble’s live recording, Ole Time Religion. Ms. Eaton has recently performed world-premieres of both Leonard Lehrman’s setting of Langston Hughes’ Let America Be America Again, a concert presentation of Act One Nkeiru Okoye’s new opera, Harriett Tubman: When I’ve Crossed that Line to Freedom and the New York Premiere of H. Leslie Adams' The Blake Suite. Ms. Eaton is also conversant in gospel and jazz genres, and has performed at the Apollo Theatre with Craig Harris and the Nation of Imagination, in Billy Harper’s Speak Love to Me Concert, the New York Premiere of Wynton Marsalis’ Abyssinian 200 Mass, in Washington, DC in A Celebration of America in honor of the 44th President Barack Obama, and at the African – American Ball in honor of the Inauguration of the 44th President Barack Obama.
Ms. Eaton’s career in opera began as member of the children’s chorus of both the Metropolitan Opera and New York City Opera for 8 years. Ms. Eaton has been honored by the Richard A. Hilderbrand Scholarship and a special award from the Lexington, KY Alumnae of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority. She was awarded grant for vocal studies from the University of Kentucky. Ms. Eaton is a graduate of the University of Kentucky where she received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Vocal Performance, and is a member of Sigma Alpha Iota Music Fraternity for Women.