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Ms Patricia Price

Patricia is a Lecturer at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts.


British-born Patricia studied at the Royal Manchester College of Music with Madame Vera Rosza and the University of Adelaide with Professor David Galliver. Scholarship awards facilitated her return to Europe to study with Lucie Manen and Peter Pears.

As a full time member of the BBC Singers, a group of 28 singers who performed and recorded music across all styles, Patricia became involved in avant-garde music appearing as soloist in many world premieres, the most notable being John Tavener’s ’Ultimos Ritos’for the Holland Festival and European TV broadcast.

Further study led her to the studio of Erich Vietheer and Geoffrey Parsons . Under their guidance she won the Kathleen Ferrier award, first prize at the ‘sHertogenbosch International Vocal Concours and representation by Robert Rattray of AskonasHolt .

Patricia was selected as one of four emerging artists to appear in a BBC series of Lieder Master classes, which led to further solo appearances throughout Europe and the UK. Recitals, public and recorded, included performances with such eminent accompanists as Paul Hamburger ( Purcell Room, South Bank, London) Geoffrey Parsons ( Purcell Room), Thom Bollen and Gerard van Blerk (Dutch Radio) Rudolf Jansen (Holland) John Alley (UK) Georg Fischer (Australia) and many others. Concert work throughout Europe, the UK and Australia encompassed most of the standard repertoire and much 20th century music. Conductors include Sir John Pritchard, Pierre Boulez, Georg Ligeti , Witold Lutoslavski, Paul Sacher, Sir Alexander Gibson, Hans Vonk, Sir Charles Mackerras, Michael Gielen, Sir Richard Armstrong, Sir Mark Elder, Richard Bonynge, Stuart Challender, Georg Fischer. Patricia’s European operatic debut came with the title role in Rossini’s Tancredi in France, with a subsequent recording that was the world premiere recording of this opera. The offer of a contract in Mannheim, Germany, followed and then her debuts with Glyndebourne, Welsh National Opera Scottish Opera and the Netherlands Opera. In 1983 Richard Bonynge offered Patricia a principal contract the Australian Opera and her debut role was Azucena in Il Trovatore for the Elijah Moshinsky production. She remained as a principal artist till 1989 when, after the bicentennial tour of George Ogilvy’s production of Don Giovanni in which she sang Donna Elvira, she was forced to retire after surgery for a thyroid tumour.

Operatic Roles: Dido, Ezio, Ottavia, Zerlina, Cherubino, 2nd Lady, Dorabella, Rosina, Tancredi, Mercedes, Prince(Cendrillon), Siebel, Charlotte, Olga, Polina, Azucena, Orlofsky, Nicklausse, Stefano, Hippolyta, Hermia, Lucretia, Donna Elvira, Miss Jessel, Tatyana

As a result of her personal experience her interest in voice research began. On her return in to Australia in 1995 she became more aware of the geographical and artistic isolation of Australia and the difficulties this posed for professional singers wishing to develop further. Patricia began directing her energies towards creating possibilities for bringing international coaches to Australia. On joining the University of Sydney’s National Voice Centre, a centre of excellence in the pursuit of vocal research and development, she became a member of their Music Advisory Board and Acting Artistic Director. Her main responsibility was the funding and setting up of a Teacher in Residence programme and the setting up of links, through her professional contacts, with all the major musical institutions and opera companies in Australia. By means of her contacts in the professional arena Patricia was able to assist on voice research projects and act as artistic advisor on them.

Patricia‘s private studio has included many young artists now pursuing careers in Europe and America. She has twice been the National Adjudicator for the Australian Singing Competition and is on the Music Board of that Competition. In 2016 she was an adjudicator for the renowned New Zealand Lexus Singing Competition.

In 2007 Patricia became Head of Vocal Studies and Opera at the Western Academy of Performing Arts where she has totally rewritten the Vocal Program, both at graduate and post graduate levels which now, thanks to the focus on languages and performance skills and the adventurous performance choices and opportunities, boasts many successes and has many post graduate students in high profile international institutions and companies.

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