Described by the New York Times as “a voice you want to hear and even more, an artist you want to follow”, mezzo-soprano Brenda Patterson is recognized as much for her artistic bravery as for the beauty and warmth of her voice. A graduate of The Juilliard School and Barnard College, Brenda was at the Hamburg State Opera before continuing to La Scala in Milan and the Metropolitan Opera, where she was on the roster for seven seasons, and at Opera Colorado, Glimmerglass Opera, Lyric Opera of Kansas City, and Florida Grand Opera, among others. At the forefront of contemporary vocal music throughout her career, Brenda has premiered over 30 vocal works and is also an official vocal consultant to the composers-in-residence at Opera Philadelphia. She is also a co-founder and Director of Music of a pioneering, Ensemble-based chamber opera company in Charlottesville, VA, Victory Hall Opera, and will perform the role of Octavian in their “Someone Younger (Der Rosenkavalier)” this August.