Patricia Orr

YEAR OF AWARD: 2008
AGE AT AWARD: 29
ARTFORMS: Music , Opera Singing
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Biography

Glasgow-born Patricia was educated at Holyrood Secondary School and later at Glasgow University where she studied for a law degree.

She later moved to London to pursue a career in opera. Patricia’s mezzo soprano voice both impressed and excited her tutor for its size and beauty. She is currently on the one-year intensive vocational opera programme at the prestigious National Opera Studio, which is considered to be the main UK launch-pad for great opera careers.
 
Patricia’s goal is to join one of the major opera companies. Already she has bookings with Scottish Opera, Opera Holland Park and the National Opera Studio Showcase.

 

How the Award Helped

The Dewar Arts Award is supporting Patricia at the National Opera Studio.

Since the Award

Patricia writes, "My experience at the Opera Studio was overwhelmingly positive. ..The financial support I received with the Dewar [Arts] Awards allowed me to exploit and enjoy the many opportunities afforded by the training course at the Studio through the year without the pressure of constant financial anxiety." 

Patricia is currently singing Second Lady in Mozart's Magic Flute for the English Touring Opera, and in 2010 will be singing in a new production of Britten's Midsummer Night's Dream  at Garsington Opera.



I am enormously grateful and very proud indeed to have been selected as the recipient of an Award.