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L’Affaire Musicale Concert Series: Patricia Schuman

September 27, 5:45 pm - 7:30 pm


Musicale Goes to the Opera!

Don’t miss this delightful concert series in Hill-Stead’s Drawing Room

Internationally acclaimed soprano Patricia Schuman joins us in Hill-Stead’s period Drawing Room and will share a selection of art songs, arias and solos she has performed in the recent past with The Met, The Glimmerglass Festival, Covent Garden, and many more.

This event includes a wine and cheese reception and a 45-minute performance in the drawing room.

5:45 pm      Wine and cheese reception
6:30 pm      Musical performance


Museum Members | $55
Non-Members | $65
LetsGOArts! Members | $55

For additional concerts, see L’Affaire Musical in our Calendar.

Presented with generous support from:

Hill-Stead Museum wishes to thank The Richard P. Garmany Fund at The Hartford Foundation for Public Giving.
Sponsored by SKY Investment Group

Patricia Schuman began her career as a mezzo-soprano, Miss Schuman had the good fortune to work with Peter Brook, as Carmen in his production of La Tragedie de Carmen in Paris, New York, and in a world tour.  When she stepped in as Elena for a dress rehearsal of La Donna del Lago, singing opposite Marilyn Horne, Schuman was invited by Miss Horne to sing and record the role Ruggiero in Tancredi in the revival at Teatro La Fenice.  At the advice of Miss Horne, Patricia switched to the soprano repertoire with much success.

Enjoying a career at the highest international level, Patricia Schuman began her career specializing in the Mozart repertoire, singing Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni and Contessa Almaviva in Le nozze di Figaro at the Metropolitan Opera with James Levine conducting; Ilia in Idomeneo at La Scala with Riccardo Muti; and Ilia and Pamina at Vienna State Opera, under the baton of Nikolaus Harnencourt.  She made her debut at the Salzburg Festival as Vitellia in La Clemenza di Tito, to much critical and popular acclaim.  Since then, she has repeated the role at Covent Garden, Glyndebourne, Madrid, and Lyon.

In a continually expanding repertoire, Miss Schuman debuted the role of Alice Ford in Verdi’s Falstaff at Covent Garden with Bernard Haitink conducting; Rezia in Weber’s Oberon with Marc Minkowski at the Flemish Opera; the title role in Schumann’s Genoveva with the Edinburgh Festival and Opera North; Blanche in Poulenc’s Les Dialogues des Carmélites with Rome Opera and Seattle Opera; Madeleine in Strauss’ Capriccio in Toulouse and the Marschallin in Der Rosenkavalier at the Pittsburgh Opera.  She has sung the Puccini roles Liù in Turandot and Mimi in La Bohème in Zurich; the title role in Handel’s Agrippina in Cologne, the title role in Monteverdi’s L’incoronazione di Poppea in Cologne and Bologna; and the role of The Commander in the world premiere of Philip Glass’ The Voyage at the Metropolitan Opera.

After the birth of twins, Miss Schuman made the decision to stay home and raise her children, once they began school. After almost a decade, Schuman returned to the opera stage to sing opposite her husband, David Pittsinger, as Carlotta and Eugene O’Neill in the world premiere of Blizzard on Marblehead Neck by Jeanine Tesori, and libretto by Tony Kushner, at the Glimmerglass Festival.  Also in that season, she appeared as Estelle Oglethorpe in John Musto’s Later the Same Evening. The next season, she returned to Glimmerglass to sing Elvira Griffiths in Tobias Picker’s An American Tragedy.

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