Born in Bombay, Patricia Rozario studied at London’s Guildhall School of Music, winning the Gold Medal, and then at the National Opera Studio. Her unique voice and artistry has inspired several of the world’s leading composers to write for her, most notably Arvo Pärt and Sir John Tavener, the latter having written over thirty works for her, making their collaboration unique in the contemporary field. She has sung with Solti, Ashkenazy, Jurowski, Belohlavek, Gardiner, Pinnock and Andrew Davis, sung opera at Aix-en-Provence, Amsterdam, Lyon, Lille, Bremen, Antwerp, Wexford, ENO, Glyndebourne and Opera North, and given concerts in North America, Canada, Russia, the Far East, Australia, throughout Europe, and at all the major UK venues.
Her repertoire ranges from baroque to contemporary music. She has given the premiere performances of many pieces written especially for her including Pärt’s Como Anhela la Cierva, Roxanna Panufnik’s Beastly Tales, and Tavener’s Life Eternal, Ikon of Eros, and The Veil of the Temple, Lament for Jerusalem, and Schuon Lieder,
and Andrew Gant’s one woman opera Don’t go down the Elephant after midnight. Other pieces she has premiered are John Casken’s Farness and Chansons de Verlaine, and Jonathan Dove’s settings of Vikram Seth’s poems, Minterne. She has appeared frequently at the BBC Proms and the Wigmore Hall. She created the role of Belisa in Simon Holt’s The Nightingale’s to Blame and performed Errolyn Wallen’s opera Another America: Earth at the Linbury Theatre, Royal Opera House. Other operatic appearances include Mozart’s Ilia in Idomeneo, Glyndebourne; Zerlina in Don Giovanni, Aix-en-Provence; Servilia in La clemenza di Tito, Lyon; plus Pamina in The Magic Flute, Kent Opera; also Vivaldi’s Catone in Utica with Jean-Claude Malgoire in France.
Her extensive discography includes Blake’s The Passion of Mary, RPO, Songs of the Auvergne, Pritchard, Haydn’s Stabat Mater, Pinnock, Britten’s The Rape of Lucretia, Hickox, Casken’s Golem (a Gramophone award-winner), recordings with Graham Johnson for the Hyperion Schubert Series, and several Tavener recordings including Mary of Egypt, the Akhmatova Songs with Steven Isserlis, Eternity’s Sunrise (nominated for the Classical Brit Awards 2000), Schuon Lieder. More recently Knaifel’s O Heavenly King and Górecki’s Good Night on Louth Sounds A Place Between, and Spanish songs for soprano and guitar with Craig Ogden on Somm Records, Pärt’s Face to Face and Tavener’s Epistle of Love and Samaveda on Louth Sounds.
Patricia Rozario was awarded the OBE in the New Year’s Honours, 2001, the Asian Women’s Award for achievement in the Arts, 2002, and the President of India’s award, the Pravasi Bharatiya Samman Award, 2013.