Iain Paton was born in Scotland and studied at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama. He won the first Erich Vietheer Award at Glyndebourne and subsequently appeared in Australia, New Zealand and Norway singing the Lloyd Webber Requiem; with the Scottish Early Music Consort in Northern Ireland, Germany and Poland; and in Zaide with the City of Birmingham Touring Opera. For Scottish Opera he has sung PEDRILLO/Die Entführung, JANEK/Makropoulos Case, THE NOVICE/Billy Budd, VANYA/Katya Kabanova, TAMINO/Magic Flute and SHEPHERD/Tristan und Isolde. He has recorded the role of EURIMACHOS in Dallapiccola's Ulisse for the BBC, conducted by Sir Andrew Davis. In 1995/96 he sang and recorded Purcell's King Arthur in London, Paris and New York with William Christie and Les Arts Florissants, also appearing with them as PEDRILLO in Strasbourg.
In the 1996/97 season he made his debut with De Vlaamse Opera in Venus and Adonis and Dido and Aeneas and returned there to sang FERRANDO in a new production of Così fan tutte. In the autumn of 1997 Iain returned to Strasbourg for Die Entführung, which was also recorded for Erato conducted by William Christie. He sang performances of Messiah with the Rias Kammerchor and Freiburger Baroque Orchestra in Montreux and Paris, FERRANDO with Scottish Opera and ALMAVIVA/The Barber of Seville for Opera North. He also sang in a performance of Il Primo Omicidio conducted by Rene Jacobs at the Innsbruck Festival.
In 1998 and 1999, Iain's engagements included Mozart's C minor Mass with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, the role of VASEK/The Bartered Bride with Opera North and the title role in The Rake’s Progress for Opera Theatre Company, Dublin; Haydn’s The Seasons with the Philharmonia Baroque in San Francisco; PEDRILLO at Garsington Opera; he made his debut at the Bastille Opera, Paris in performances of Les Indes Galantes with Les Arts Florissants and took part in a USA tour with the same orchestra conducted by William Christie. He also sang performances of Messiah with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment under Nicholas McGegan in Spain.
Subsequent engagements included Cosi fan tutte with the Finnish National Opera in Helsinki, performances of Handel's L'Allegro, Il Penseroso e Il Moderato with the Philharmonia Baroque in Berkeley (USA) Mozart's Requiem with the Akron Symphony Orchestra, GRIMOALDO in Handel's Rodelinda and Messiah at the Göttingen Festival with McGegan; the Last Night of the Scottish Proms with the RSNO and the role of NEMORINO in L'Elisir d’amore with the Dublin based Opera Theatre Company. Iain returned to the Bastille for a revival of Les Indes Galantes with William Christie and sang Les Illuminations on a tour of Scotland with the BT Scottish Ensemble. He also sang in Handel's Saul with Peter Neumann in Köln.
More recently he sang Haydn's The Creation with the Ulster Orchestra under Thierry Fischer, the title role in The Rake’s Progress in Berlin, LENSKY/Eugene Onegin for Opera North, Acis and Galatea with the Philharmonia Baroque in San Francisco and Gloriana with Opera North in Barcelona. In 2002 he made his role debut as ALBERT HERRING for Opera North, sang ORONTE/Alcina at the Göttingen Festival (with McGegan) Britten's War Requiem in Istanbul, BEPPE/I Pagliacci at the Royal Albert Hall and FERRANDO with De Vlaamse Opera. In 2003 he sang concerts in Istanbul, a concert tour of the Far East with Les Arts Florissants under William Christie, his first ORFEO (Monteverdi) in Bilbao with Peter Neumann, TAMINO in a new production of The Magic Flute for Scottish Opera, BELFIORE/La Finta Giardiniera at Garsington and his first Dream of Gerontius in Scotland. Future plans include VASEK, BEPPE, COUNT ALBERTO/L'Occasione fa il ladro, The Seven Deadly Sins, FERRANDO and DON OTTAVIO for Opera North; ALMAVIVA/Il Barbiere di Seviglia in Antwerp and a concert of Britten's Les Illuminations at the Liceu, Barcelona.
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