Who is Ty?


Don Giovanni – “L’accompagnement de l’Orchestre symphonique de Winnipeg, dirigé par Tyrone Paterson, est irréprochable”…Pierre Meunier, La Liberté – Nov. 29, 2018

Turandot – “Tyrone Paterson a dirigé un accompagnement de très haute qualité par l’Orchestre symphonique de Winnipeg… Paterson a bien équilibré les volumes, n’obligeant jamais les chanteurs à forcer la voix.”…La Liberté – April 21, 2015

Fidelio – “Brilliantly performed Fidelio evokes tears, shouts of ‘bravo’.”…Winnipeg Free Press – November 24, 2014.


Ty recently joined the team at Western University  where he leads rehearsals and performances for both the Symphony Orchestra and the Opera. One of Canada’s leading opera conductors, he also serves as Music Advisor and Principal Conductor for Manitoba Opera. Ty possesses extensive knowledge of the operatic repertory and has appeared with opera companies and orchestras throughout Canada, the United States, Asia and Europe. He made his professional conducting debut at the age of 25 with Calgary Opera leading the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra. He held the position of Artistic Director and Principal Conductor of Opera Lyra Ottawa for 16 seasons and also served as General Director of that company for five highly successful seasons boasting surplus budgets in each season. (Opera Canada Magazine Article). His first appearance with Opera Lyra Ottawa was in 1994 conducting Tosca and has since led over 90 performances for OLO at the National Arts Centre. He previously served as Resident Conductor for Calgary Opera and was an Advisor to Opera Hong Kong. Ty is also an experienced arts administrator. He earned a MSc degree in Management (With Distinction) and has achieved the advanced professional designations of Chartered Manager (C.Mgr.) of the Canadian Institute of Management and Fellow (FCMI) of the Chartered Management Institute (UK).

Notable Guest Conducting appearances abroad include: The Magic Flute for the Beijing Music Festival; Medea by Pacini with the Orchestra Sinfonica Siciliana in Palermo and at the Greek Theatre in Taormina, Italy; Verdi’s rarely performed opera Giovanna d’Arco in the Czech Republic; Borodin’s Russian masterpiece Prince Igor for the National Theater of Moravia-Silesia; Rigoletto and La Traviata for Opera Constanta in Romania; and Tosca at the Opern Air festival in Austria. Other European engagements include a highly regarded production of Bartók’s Blue Beard’s Castle and performances of Jenufa for the Hukvaldy Festival in the hometown of the famous Czech composer Leos Janácek. In addition to opera performances, he has led concerts for numerous orchestras most recently including the Orchestra Sinfonica di San Remo in Italy; an All-Mozart Gala for Cracow Opera in Poland; a gala concert in the Czech Republic and in Asia performances of Mendelssohn’s “Lobgesang,” for the International Macau Festival.

Medea at the Teatro greco, Taormina

Maestro Paterson has appeared with most of Canada’s professional companies.  Notable appearances in Canada include Of Mice and Men for Manitoba Opera, Fidelio for Manitoba Opera, Rigoletto for Montreal Opera, Salome for Manitoba Opera, Turandot for Vancouver Opera, Il trovatore featuring Richard Margison for Manitoba Opera, Cav/Pag for Edmonton Opera, a gala concert for Opera de Quebec, La Voix humaine/Le Portrait de Manon for Opera Ontario, Hansel and Gretel for Calgary Opera as well as Eugene Onegin featuring Russell Braun for Opera Lyra Ottawa and Manon (concert version) starring Michael Schade and Natalie Paulin.

Appearances in the United States include: Il barbiere di Siviglia and Lucia di Lammermoor (with Korean star Sumi Jo) for Opera Carolina; La traviata, Don Giovanni and Turandot for Hawaii Opera Theater; Madama Butterfly , The Pirates of Penzance and Carmen for Fresno Grand Opera; and Aïda for the Nashville Opera.

Several of his performances have been featured on CBC Radio, Saturday Afternoon at the Opera including Il barbiere di Siviglia, Manon and Lucia di Lammermoor.

He recently returned from Germany where he led highly acclaimed performances of Verdi’s Otello.

Maestro Paterson is proud to have collaborated with Canada’s leading singers including Ben Heppner, Richard Margison, Theodore Baerg,  Michael Schade, Russell Braun, Louis Quilico, Judith Forst, Ermanno Mauro, Alan Monk, Tracy Dahl and many others.  In addition, Maestro Paterson is recognized for his commitment to creating performance opportunities for young Canadian rising opera stars and has been instrumental in creating the OLO Opera Studio.

Ty on wall backstage at NAC

Ty’s photo on wall backstage at the National Arts Centre.

Fidelio – “Dirigé par Tyrone Paterson, l’Orchestre symphonique de Winnipeg a été impeccable.”…La Liberté/Fidelio

“Maestro Paterson and musicians work considerable orchestral magic, weaving a riveting scenic spell as indeed they do throughout the entire course of this sumptuous Tosca. Tempi are brisk, harmonies lush, orchestral colours rich and deep.”…
http://operagoto.com/tosca-opera-lyra-ottawa-review/ – Sept. 10, 2014

“And of course, Tyrone Paterson and the NAC orchestra rock the house throughout.” http://thevisitorium.com/ April 22, 2014…Madama Butterfly (Ottawa, Canada)

“Ein Vivat dem Dirigenten Tyrone Paterson, der mit Augenmerk für die Dreh- und Angelpunkte der durchkomponierten Materie die Partitur in einen “leuchtenden Fluss” verwandelte.”…Ursula Mielke…Thüringer Allgemeine…May 26, 2014…Otello (Erfurt, Germany)

“Tyrone Paterson (artistic director and principal conductor) put together an impressive ensemble of  artists, both on stage and behind the scenes.  The casting for Carmen was spot on, with every performer bringing to life the characters…”…Canadian Lifestyle Magazine/Carmen

“No doubt, OLO’s traditional strength is in the pit and it was no different on opening night as maestro Tyrone Paterson, celebrating 10 years with the company, kept the National Arts Centre Orchestra humming.” …Ottawa Sun/Don Giovanni

“Conductor Tyrone Paterson brought the music together most convincingly.”…Opera Canada/Otello

“The timing and balance between the singers and the members of the National Arts Centre Orchestra in the pit was nothing less than superb.”…Opera Canada

“Conductor Tyrone Paterson fostered an intelligent and evocative account of the score. The National Arts Centre Orchestra played beautifully.”…The Ottawa Citizen

“…Maestro Paterson and the NACO are faultless with a tremendously challenging score.”… Ottawa Sun

“Veteran opera conductor Tyrone Paterson urged the most out of a very bright and alert-sounding Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra.”…Winnipeg Free Press

“Paterson, who has made a name for himself as an opera conductor, stands well over six feet tall and is a commanding figure on the podium. He has expressive hands, and his baton patterns are crisp and clear. The maestro’s speaking is as articulate as his conducting, and he was able to put the large audience at ease from the start.” (The Daily Courier)…Orchestral Concert


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