Patricia Westley is a New Zealand-American Soprano, praised for her captivating stage presence, inviting timbre, and clever portrayals of some of opera’s most beloved characters. Patricia is currently a resident artist with Shreveport Opera where she most recently made her debut as Musetta in Puccini’s La bohème. This past summer, Patricia charmed San Francisco audiences with her performances of Yum-Yum in The Mikado with Lamplighters Music Theatre where she was acknowledged by the SF Chronicle as being a “hugely impressive artist” who delivered her “superb debut with precision and grace.”
In 2015, 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.
In 2013, 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.
Patricia received additional training at the International Vocal Arts Institute, Opera Theater of Pittsburgh, Songfest, and the Tyrolean Opera Program.
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 Hodel in Fiddler on the Roof and Despina in Così fan tutte with Shreveport Opera.