Patrice P. Eaton
American Mezzo-Soprano Patrice Eaton(she/her) is a versatile performer in various musical genres and is a frequent performer of premiere works. Ms. Eaton’s career in opera began as a member of the children’s chorus of both the Metropolitan Opera and New York City Opera. As a young artist at the Caramoor International Music Festival in 2010 and 2011, she covered the roles of Hedwige in Guillaume Tell and Little Buttercup in H.M.S. Pinafore and was a featured artist in the Bel Canto at Caramoor concert series.
Some of her recent performances include Bare Opera’s Heroes as The Sex Worker, Trilogy: An American Opera Company’s Martinsville Seven, Harlem Sings’ A Tribute to the Harlem Renaissance Concert for Illinois State University, Fort Worth Opera’s “A Night of Black Excellence” Virtual Concert. Before the 2020 pandemic she performed with; Wynton Marsalis and Jazz at Lincoln Center as soloist with the White Light Festival, the We Shall Overcome National Tour with Damien Sneed honoring the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Amahl and the Night Visitors with Harlem Opera Theater and Carmen with Downtown Symphony Orchestra.
Ms. Eaton’s concert engagements have included performing as soloist with the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra in the U.S. tour of Wynton Marsalis’ Abyssinian Mass (Recorded live under the Blue Engine Records Label), Soloist in Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony 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 the Abyssinian Baptist Church Orchestra and Choir. She has sung at the Edinburgh International Festival, Athens Epidaurus Festival, and the Vienna Arts Festival.
She has performed as Caroline in the World Premiere of Harriet Tubman: When I Have Crossed the Line to Freedom, World Premiere of Nkeiru Okoye’s, We’ve Got our Eye on You, Adalgisa in Norma, Giovanna in Anna Bolena, Lily/Annie/Strawberry Woman in Porgy and Bess, Laura in the U.S. premiere of von Weber’s Die Drei Pintos, Mrs. Nolan in The Medium, Marcellina in Le Nozze di Figaro and Marthe Schwerlein in Faust. Some other performance highlights include performing at Carnegie Hall’s Isaac Stern Hall honoring the late Sylvia Olden Lee, the National Philharmonic performing as a soloist with the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra and The Morgan State Choir in Wynton Marsalis’ All Rise at The Strathmore.
Patrice is a graduate of the University of Kentucky. She is a proud member of Sigma Alpha Iota Music Fraternity, a Lifetime and National Board Member of the National Association of Negro Musicians (NANM) and the Artistic Director of Three on 3 Music.