Patrice Munsel Poster

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Mother of Rhett Schuler, Heidi Schuler, Scott Schuler and Nicole Schuler.

American coloratura soprano, the youngest singer/soubrette who ever starred at the Metropolitan Opera. Following along the path of Lily Pons, she made her official Met debut on December 4, 1943, singing Philine in "Mignon". Perhaps best known for the saucy role of Adele in "Die Fledermaus", she performed at the Metropolitan well over 200 times.

Trained by legendary voice coach Giacomo Spadoni.

Made only one film. She played the title role of Dame Nellie Melba in the film Melba (1953). She also had her own television series, The Patrice Munsel Show (1956), which ran a season.

In 1958 she ended her career as an opera singer and began to perform in musical comedies and operettas, including such vehicles as "Rose Marie", "The Merry Widow", "Song of Norway" and "Kiss Me, Kate".

Widow of candy heir Robert Schuler, who turned TV producer and produced her own 1950s TV variety series.

Only child of a dentist and an accomplished pianist, her last name was originally spelled "Munsil".

Studied whistling for seven years with a Spokane whistling teacher, Mrs. Marjorie Clark Kennedy. Her teacher claimed she could have had a real career in whistling and she stuck with it because she did beautiful bird work.

Her first professional job was in her early teens with a small touring opera company that came to Spokane wherein she was given a part in the chorus for the performances of Cavalleria Rusticana, Pagliacci and Carmen.

During the 1950s and '60s, she was the TV spokesperson for the Camp Fire Girls (now Campfire USA), a non-sectarian youth organization styled along the lines of the Boy and Girl Scouts of America.