Lyric coloratura soprano Patrice Burgstahler was brought to the attention of the music world with a critically acclaimed portrayal of Cunegonde in Leonard Bernstein's Candide at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts. She has gone on to perform leading roles in operas of Donizetti Mozart and Verdi throughout the United States and Europe.
The versatile singer performed the role of Carlotta in Andrew Lloyd Webber's German production of Phantom of the Opera for ten years singing multiple performances in German at Hamburg's Neue Flora Theatre 3000 seat auditorium; hired from 800 in New York City auditions.
For ten years she was based in Hamburg Germany and upon her return to the United States joined the music department at Northeastern State University for four years to teach applied voice vocal diction and other related voice classes before returning to Colorado.
She was the Rocky Mountain Regional winner of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions competing in the New York City semi-finals judged by a panel which included Kurt Adler Dame Joan Sutherland and John Reardon. A Regional San Francisco Opera Auditions winner Miss Burgstahler won both district and regional CO/WY NATS - National Association of Teachers of Singing 1st place winner undergraduate women's division. She subsequently received grants from the Palm Springs Opera Guild the Denver Lyric Opera Guild and the Metropolitan Opera National Council.
Miss Burgstahler appeared with the Boston Opera the Denver Opera and the New Jersey Opera singing the title role in Lucia di Lammermoor Musetta in La Boheme Madame Herz in Der Schauspieldirektor and Queen of the Night in Die Zauberflote. Among other performances Ms. Burgstahler has sung Madame Latour in Le Postillon de Longjumeau in New York Valencienne in The Merry Widow with the Denver Opera Company and Adina in L'Elisir d'amore and Gilda in Rigoletto with New Jersey Opera. Ms. Burgstahler has sung concert tours worldwide in Canada the Caribbean Central America France Italy Portugal Spain and all the Scandinavian countries as well as Russia Poland and the former Yugoslavia making her European concert debut in Austria's Grazer Dom in Franz Schubert's Mass in B-Minor launching her international career.
The California native has performed as soloist in chorale concerts both internationally and throughout the United States; Arthur Honneger's King David Carl Orff's Carmina Burana and numerous other oratorio works. Ms. Burgstahler has sung Mozart's Requiem in Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center in NYC with Mount Hollyoke College Wellesley and Columbia University choirs; at Wellesley College in Massachusetts with Columbia University men's choir and the Wellesley women's choir combined to name a few. As well as recital and concert dates in New York Boston Denver Ms. Burgstahler is currently making soloist symphony appearances in the USA.
Ms. Burgstahler has recorded a CD on the SYRINX label which includes the only recording of Colorado composer Jean Berger's Villanescas Spanish song cycle for soprano and chamber orchestra. Ms. Burgstahler has an extensive and impressive performing history in art song literature singing numerous recitals both nationally and internationally in classical styles from Baroque to 20th century Contemporary music. She has sung recitals featuring American British French German and Spanish composers in Hamburg's concert halls the Hamburg American consulate several times and performed in concert with Ian McEwan at the British consulate during the British Shakespeare Prize winners concert which was Mr. McEwan's initial reading of Atonement. James Mitchner wrote a description of her and her singing partner in concert in St. Thomas into his novel Caribbean when he heard the duo perform in the Caribbean Islands.
Resourceful soprano, Patrice Burgstahler, sang the leading role in Adolphe Adam's Le postillon de Lonjumeau in this New York City production.--Andrew Porter, The New Yorker
Leading the leads, as it were, is Patrice Burgstahler as Cunegonde, the misused heroine. With a classically trained soprano, Ms. Burgstahler tackles the certified-soprano killing part w/ ease, flair & deft comedic timing.--Glenn Giffin, The Denver Post
Best soprano who has ever recorded this Spanish song cycle. --Jean Berger, Villanescas recording
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