Photo Flash: Remembering Patrice Munsel

Photo Flash: Remembering Patrice Munsel

As BroadwayWorld reported yesterday, opera star Patrice Munsel, died last Thursday in her New York Adirondacks home after a brief illness. She was 91.

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.

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Photo Flash: Remembering Patrice Munsel
Patrice Munsel attending the wedding of Liza Minnelli and David Gest at Marble Collegiate Church in NYC.3/16/02

Photo Flash: Remembering Patrice Munsel
Patrice Munsel attending the wedding of Liza Minnelli and David Gest at Marble Collegiate Church in NYC.3/16/02


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Walter McBride As a 14 year old youth, Walter was transfixed by his first Broadway Show, the original production of 'GREASE'. His Journey to celebrity photojournalism began that fateful night. Meeting, photographing and getting to know the cast inspired him to spend his professional life doing what he loved. Currently headlining in New Jersey with his partner Richard and family members Dali (Jack Russell) & Gala (Schnoodle). Recently he made his Broadway debut sharing the stage with Hugh Jackman in 'Hugh Jackman on Broadway' as well as receiving the Actors' Equity Association Gypsy Spirit Award. Walter McBride Photography is syndicated worldwide by Getty Images.