Audrey Schuh (born June 11, 1931, New Orleans, Louisiana) is an American operatic soprano. She studied at Loyola University of the South.
Her first leading role with the
New Orleans Opera Association (at the age of eighteen) was the page-boy Oscar in Un ballo in maschera, opposite Jussi Björling, in 1950. She starred there in Don Giovanni (as Zerlina), Carmen (as Micaëla), Amelia al ballo, Falstaff (as Nannetta), Die Fledermaus (as Roselinde von Eisenstein), Hänsel und Gretel (as Gretel), La bohème (as Musetta), La traviata La bohème (as Mimì), (world premiere), Markheim Turandot (as Liù), Elektra (as Chrysothemis), Pagliacci, and Il tabarro.
Schuh also sang Nannetta in
Falstaff for the San Francisco Opera. She sang with the Houston Grand Opera ( Madama Butterfly), the New England Opera Theatre ( La traviata and La rondine), the Jackson Opera Guild ( Pagliacci, then Die Fledermaus with Virginia MacWatters) and the San Antonio Opera Guild ( Markheim). In 1967, she appeared at the New York City Opera for a memorable season at its new theatre at Lincoln Center: La bohème (as Mimì), Madama Butterfly (directed by Frank Corsaro), and Suor Angelica (conducted by Julius Rudel). She made a moving return to the New Orleans Opera in 1977, again as Micaëla, which was her Farewell.
One of her sons, the tenor
Kirk Redmann, appeared with the Metropolitan Opera from 1983-90. From 1994-99, VAI issued several of Schuh's New Orleans performances on CDs.
Discography [ edit ]
Un ballo in maschera (S.Morris, Björling, Rothmüller; Herbert, 1950) [live] VAI Verdi:
Falstaff (della Chiesa, Warren; Cellini, 1956) [live] VAI Puccini:
La bohème (Albanese, di Stefano, Valdengo, Treigle; Cellini, 1959) [live] VAI Floyd:
Markheim (Treigle; Andersson, 1966) [live] VAI Puccini:
Turandot: excerpts (Nilsson; Andersson, 1966) [live] VAI Strauss:
Elektra (Borkh, Resnik, Crofoot, Rayson; Andersson, 1966) [live] VAI
References [ edit ]
"Audrey Schuh: A Golden Tribute," by Brian Morgan, New Orleans Opera Association 2000-01 program booklet.
External links [ edit ]