Patricia Westley is a New Zealand-American Soprano, praised for her charming stage presence, beautiful timbre, and passionate portrayals of some of opera’s most beloved characters. Patricia is equally at home in comedy as she is in drama and is known for being “vocally-comically sensational”.
In the 2016-2017 season, Patricia was a Resident Artist with Shreveport Opera where she successfully made her mainstage debuts as Musetta in La bohème and Despina in Così fan tutte.
Patricia has been a standout in many San Francisco productions including Adele in Die Fledermaus, Yum-Yum in The Mikado and Elsie in Yeoman of the Guard with Lamplighters Music Theatre. The SF Chronicle has acknowledged Patricia as being a “hugely impressive artist” who delivers “with precision and grace.”
Patricia completed her Opera Fellowship and Master of Music degree at the University of Oklahoma under the tutelage and mentorship of Metropolitan Opera baritone, Kim Josephson, and Mezzo-soprano, Marilyn Horne. During her fellowship, Westley shone in her performances of Adina in L’elisir d’amore, Morgana in Alcina and Sandrina in La finta giardiniera.
Patricia received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree with High Honors in Vocal Performance from Carnegie Mellon University. While at CMU, Patricia starred as Laurie in The Tender Land and Susanna in Le nozze di Figaro.
Recent awards include a scholarship from the East Bay Opera League, the Encouragement Award in the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, the Derdeyn Award for Vocal Excellence, and the NATS First Prize, Classical Division.
Upcoming performances include Casilda in The Gondoliers with Lamplighters Music Theatre.