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Patricia Forbes (Contralto)

Born: Canada

The Canadian-born Irish contralto, Patricia Forbes, has her vocal studies with Janet Williams, David Jones, Ruthild Engert, Roberta Cunningham, Neil Semer, Kammersängerin Irmgard Boas, Kammersänger Peter Gougaloff, and Victor Martens. She particpated in international master-classes with David Jones / Helena Döse at International Masterclass for Opera Kungälv, Sweden; David Jones / Janet Williams at International Masterclass for Opera in Berlin, Germany; Mental Training for Singers with Janet Williams in Berlin, Germany; Estill Voice Training System Workshop with Professor Anne-Marie Speed at Royal Academy of Music, London; Neil Semer International Masterclass for Voice/Opera in Coesfeld, Germany; International Masterclass for Opera with Dame Gwyneth Jones in Braunschweig, Germany; International Masterclass for Directors of Opera with Ruth Berghaus in Berlin, Germany.

Patricia Forbes began her singing career as a soprano. However, in May 2008 her voice type changed to dramatic contralto. She has performed opera roles: Madame Lidoine in Francis Poulencs Dialogues des Carmelites, Mutter in Engelbert Humperdincks Hänsel und Gretel, Celie in Signor Deluso, Lady Billows in Benjamin Brittens Albert Herring, La Maestra della Novizie in Suor Angelica, La Ciesca in Gianni Schicci Ariadne in Ariadne auf Naxos, Leonora in Fidelio, Sarah Good in The Crucible. She has sung as an opera chorus member: Suor Angelica, Gianni Schicchi, The Crucible, Trouble in Tahiti, Dialogues des Carmelites, Dunstan and the Devil, and L'Enfant et les Sortileges. She appeared as a soloist in Lunaquamarin (A Water Cabaret/Varieté with the Chamäleon Varieté Berlin), and as choral-soloist in Medeia (Schaubühne am Lehniner Platz Berlin), She also sang Fly Me to the Moon - A One-Woman Jazz and Comedy Show at Scheselong Club, Berlin; Jazz Solo Program at Garçon, Berlin; Soloist with the Toronto Pops Orchestra (December 1990 at Massey Hall, Toronto, Ontario, Canada).

Her choral experience: Ontario Youth Choir at The Joy of Singing International Choral Festival in Toronto, Ontario, Canada conducted by Robert Shaw; Wilfrid Laurier Chapel Choir conducted by Professor Barrie Cabena; Laurier Singers Chamber Choir conducted by Professor Victor Martens. She is presently engaged as a 2nd alto opera chorus singer at Theater Bielefeld (Germany).

Her film experience: singer in Hans Scharoun and Berlin (SFB, Berlin; Director: Angelika Kettelhack); Dark Visions: A Portrait of Oskar Morawetz (Canadian Broadcasting Corporation; Director: Paul MacIvor)

Source: Voice Works Website; Bits & pieces from other sources; The Artist (January 2014)
Contributed by
Aryeh Oron (September 2013, February 2014)

None of Harry Christophers recordings listed below are with Patricia Forbes, whose bio is presented above. There is another Patricia Forbes who is a British soprano who made these. If you would like to contribute a biography of the artist, please send me a message. My e-mail address and the instructions can be found at the page: Short Biographies - Explanation.

Recordings of Bach Cantatas & Other Vocal Works




Harry Christophers


BWV 227, BWV 245

Harry Christophers


Member of The Sixteen: BWV 34, BWV 50, BWV 147; BWV 225-230, BWV 245

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Patricia Forbes - Biography (Voice Works)


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