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Patricia Pease (Mezzo-soprano)

Born: USA

The American mezzo-soprano, Patricia (Patti) Pease, earned her Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees from New England Conservatory of Music in Boston.

Following her studies, Patricia Pease, began her professional career in Boston She has appeared in concert throughout various national regions, and in Italy, and with symphony orchestras from New Hampshire to The Philippines. She has been praised for her interpretive powers applied to a wide repertoire ranging from the Baroque to Modern periods. She has been critically acclaimed for "a splendid (and never overdone) sense of drama," with the ability to "...put across a song as few singers can." (Seattle Times), and she has been characterized as "an elegant singer, one of poise and style." (Seattle Post-Intelligencer).

Conductors and stage directors with whom Patricia Pease has worked include Anton Coppola, Robert Baustian, Stewart Robertson, Walter Cataldi-Tassoni, Paul Echols, Ian Strasfogel, Bliss Hebert, Lotfi Mansouri, and Lincoln Clark. She has also collaborated in opera and in concert with coach/conductors Michel Singher, Robert de Ceunynck (New York City Opera, Metropolitan Opera), and Benton Hess, and with composer/conductors Gunther Schuller (at New England Conservatory) and Salvador Brotons. She created the role of Fata Morgana in the premiere of Brotons' video opera, Reverend Everyman, which was subsequently aired on Georgia Public Television. Other radio and television broadcasts include Gorecki's Symphony No. 3 with the Greater Spartanburg Philharmonic Orchestra, and L.v. Beethoven's Symphony No. 9 with the Converse Festival Orchestra, on South Carolina Educational Radio and Television, respectively. Chamber music appearances include works performed with members of Seattle Symphony Orchestra and with the Lark Quartet (artists-in-residence at Ohio University).

In opera Patricia Pease has sung roles for the Santa Fe Opera, Seattle Opera, Pacific Chamber Opera, Metropolitan Manila Theatre, and the Florida State Opera at FSU. Her roles include Dorabella in Cosi fan tutte, Cherubino in Le Nozze di Figaro, Ottavia in L'incoronazione di Poppea, Hänsel in Hänsel und Gretel, Dido in Dido and Aeneas, Concepcion in L'Heure espagnole, Nicklausse/Muse in Les Contes d'Hoffmann, and Lady Angela in Patience, among others. Orchestral engagements include appearances with the Seattle Symphony Orchestra, Manila Symphony, Tallahassee Symphony, and the Huntington Symphony (West Virginia).

Patricia Pease holds the Doctor of Music degree in Voice/Opera Performance from Florida State University where she also taught as a Graduate Assistant. She has served as adjunct faculty member in the Department of Music at Pacific Lutheran University (Tacoma, Washington), and as Assistant Professor of Music (Voice and Lyric Diction) in the School of Music at Converse College, where she also served as Chair of the Performance Department.

In 2000 Patricia Pease was invited as guest professor of voice to give private instruction and master classes for 20 singers at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy in Leipzig, Germany. Since that time her affiliation with the Hochschule, the oldest conservatory in Europe, has afforded opportunities for Ohio University students.

In 2003 Patricia Pease performed and taught in Argentina, where she led master classes and presented concerts at music conservatories in Mendoza and in Buenos Aires, together with colleagues, Alejandro Cremaschi (piano), Alison Brown Sincoff (flute), and Matthew James (saxophone). In 2004 she was invited to perform at the 48th annual convention of National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS), held in New Orleans. She was co-director and subsequently director of the Ohio University Fine Arts Study Program in London in spring quarter 2007, 2008, and 2010. October 2011 marked her 9th appearance at the Autumn Arts Festival in Tuscany, held near Siena, Italy, where she co-presents lecture demonstrations on Italian Opera with stage director, Lincoln Clark. Pease founded Friends of Opera at Ohio, which is dedicated to providing scholarships for Ohio University students with operatic potential. Chair of the Voice Division from 2001 to 2011, she is now Associate Professor Emerita and lives in Redmond, Washington.

Source: Shared Notes Website
Contributed by
Aryeh Oron (February 2014)

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