Since his first engagements, the young bass-baritone Norman Patzke appeared in roles such as Onegin, Marcello, Faust by Louis Spohr, a part for which the radio magazine “Figaro” edited by MDR called him Star of the evening, Papageno (Magic Flute), Dulcamara (L’Elisir d’Amore), Conte Almaviva (Nozze di Figaro), as in more dramatic character roles such as Kaspar (Freischütz) or Don Pizarro (Fidelio) ; for his debut as Kaspar he got lavish praise in the magazine „Das Opernglas“.
Summer 2013 Norman D. Patzke made his debut at the Bregenz Festival, as Solanio in the world creation of The Merchant of Venise by André Tchaïkowsky. Other appearances as Leporello in the production of the semi-staged production by "The Ministry of Operatic Affairs" under Bart Van Reyn at deSingel Antwerp and Bozar Brussels a.o. ; guest performances at Opéra Comique (Paris) in the staged production of Manfred by Schumann (December 2013) under Emmanuel Krivine and his participation in a new choreographic production of Haydn’s "Creation" with live performance of the work at Opéra national du Rhin (Strasbourg).
Currently he's singing Claudio in a new production of "Les Caprices de Marianne" (Henri Sauguet). This production led by M° Claude Schnitzler includes a large number of performances at the Opera Houses of Bordeaux, Toulouse, Saint-Etienne, Rennes, Tours, Marseille, Reims, Nice and Metz. Norman D. Patze will also turn back to the Strasbourg Opera House where he will take part in a new production of Wagners "Das Liebesverbot" (May/June 2016).
In concert, Norman D. Patzke appeared as a soloist with Hamburg State Orchestra at Laeiszhalle, the Orchestra of the Comic Opera of Berlin, Symphonic Choir of Paris as Jesus (Bach’s Matthew passion) in Paris, the Flanders Radio Choir and the Ensemble Extravaganza in Bach’s Magnificat at deSingel, Antwerp. Subsequently he toured with the Requiems by Verdi (Orkest der Lage Landen) and Mozart (Brussels Philharmonic) and participated in concerts with Mozart’s c-Minor Mass and several Bach Cantatas with Les Musiciens du Louvre under the baton of Marc Minkowski in Frankfurt, Cracow, Toulouse, Budapest, Lyon, Grenoble and Île de Ré. With the latter he also sang in Bach's b minor Mass at the renowned Bachfest Köthen.
During the season 2015/2016 Norman D. Patzke will furthermore take part in concerts with the Radio Philharmonic Orchestra Hilversum to sing in "In terra Pax" by Frank Martin and with the Noord-Nederlands Orkest to sing the bass arias in Bach's Matthew Passion under the baton of Michael Hofstetter.
Norman D. Patzke musical education started in Hannover, where he joined the local boy’s choir and graduated many years later at the University of Music. Very first engagements at „Schloss Rheinsberg“, the “Nationale Reisopera Enschede” (NL), followed by invitations by “Grachtenfestival” Amsterdam and the Opera House of Neustrelitz (D) before joining the „Sächsischen Landesbühne“ in Dresden for a couple of years.
Since many years Norman Patzke is coached by Graham Johnson, with whom he has frequenlty given recitals. His amazing affinity with and talent for the Lied repertoire has frequently been awarded: First Prize at the International „Johannes Brahms“ Competition (Austria), Finalist of the „International singing Competition of Berlin“, the „Robert Stolz“ competition at Hamburg and the „Concorso Lirico Internazionale Del Mediterraneo“ Bari/Italy.