Biography

 

Enjoying a career at the highest international level, Patricia Schuman began her career specializing in the Mozartean 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 the 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 Ediburgh 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.


Recently, Schuman made her role debut as The Duchess in Thomas Ades’ Powder her Face with the Opera Company of Philadelphia to great critical acclaim.  Preceding that, she appeared at the Glimmerglass Festival in a double bill as Estelle Oglethorpe in John Musto’s Later the same evening, and as Carlotta O’Neill in a world premiere of A Blizzard at Marblehead Neck by Jeanine Tesori with libretto by Tony Kushner.


Miss Schuman made her debut with the Houston Grand Opera in the title role of Florencia en el Amazonas by Daniel Catàn, which she recorded for Albany Records.  She has also recorded the soprano solo in Handel’s Messiah (Koch) and the Bertoni mass, Veni Creator, (Erato) under the baton of Claudio Scimone, and Ruggiero in Rossini’s Tancredi with Marilyn Horne (Sony).  She can be seen on video as Poppea (L’incoronazione di Poppea), Donna Elvira (Don Giovanni) from the Royal Opera House at Covent Garden, and Countess Almaviva (Le nozze di Figaro) from Madrid Opera.


In the last few years, Miss Schuman has concentrated on recital and chamber music.  In January of 2013, she appeared with husband, David Pittsinger, in recital at the Essex Winter Series, with Mihae Lee at the piano, and William Purvis on French horn.  Following that, she premiered a new oratorio,  Letter from Italy, by composer Sarah Meneely-Kyder and Connecticut poet Nancy Meneely, led by Joseph d’Eugenio and the Greater Middletown Chorale.


On August 5th, Miss Schuman and pianist, Terry Eder,  performed an original show at the Pavilion concert at the Glimmerglass Festival as part of the American Romantics series, entitled Easily Assimilated.  On April 20, 2014, she will appear at the Music & More series in Chester, CT, with husband David Pittsinger in another cabaret style performance, Opera is a Dangerous Business.  The second week of April, Schuman will return to the Hartford Symphony in a series of performances of Mozart’s Requiem.  On May 4, she will sing Mozart’s Vesperae di Dominica with the Con Brio Chorale, led by Stephen Bruce.  This summer, Miss Schuman will sing the role of Elvira Griffiths in Tobias Picker’s opera An American Tragedy, at the Glimmerglass Festival.


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