Photo Flash: Remembering Patrice Munsel
The coloratura soprano achieved remarkable notoriety when in 1943, at age 18, she became the youngest singer ever to debut at New York's Metropolitan Opera House. The opportunity came when she was heard on the nationally-broadcast radio program, "Metropolitan Opera Auditions of the Air."
She was best known for playing the soubrette role of Adele in DIE FLEDERMAUS, a character she essayed 225 times at The Met. Other frequent roles included Rosina in THE BARBER OF SEVILLE and Despina in COSI FAN TUTTE.
While she never starred on Broadway, Munsel appeared in many regional productions of musicals, including THE KING AND I, THE SOUND OF MUSIC, APPLAUSE, A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC, MY FAIR LADY and one of her favorites, MAME.
Photo Credit: Walter McBride