Schuman, Patricia, American soprano; b. Los Angeles, Feb. 4, 1954. She studied at the Univ. of Calif, at Santa Cruz. After appearances in San Francisco, Houston, N.Y., Paris, Venice, and Washington, D.C., she sang Dorabella and Zerlina at the Théâtre Royal de la Monnaie in Brussels in 1983. In 1986 she sang in the U.S. premiere of II viaggio a Reims in St. Louis. She was engaged to sing Poppea at the Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris in 1989. On Sept. 27, 1990, she made her debut at the Metropolitan Opera in N.Y. as Donna Elvira. That same year, she also appeared as Blanche in Poulenc’s Dialogues des Carmélites in Seattle. In 1992 she portrayed Donna Elvira at her debut at London’s Covent Garden. She sang in La clemenza di Tito at the Salzburg Festival in 1997.
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