Patricia trained with teachers and coaches of the old European singing schools and from the Golden Age of Singing in America. Ultimately, she credits her understanding of the vocal mechanism to Natalie Limonick, who was general director of the USC Opera Program, director of the UCLA Opera Workshop, president of the Opera Guild of Southern California, and who worked with such celebrated singers as Martial Singher and Lotte Lehmann at Santa Barbara's Music Academy of the West. Working with Natalie Limonick Patricia learned foundation principles of vocal technique which had been absent from her university studies.
Patricia also studied technique and repertoire with Esther Andreas (Metropolitan Opera), Naomi Farr (New York City Opera), Nina Hinson (San Francisco Opera), Marion Cooper, Dietrich Erbelding, Charles Ross Perlee (conductor, San Francisco Opera and Bremen Opera), and a number of other respected teachers and coaches. Patricia's mentors worked and trained with the world's greatest musicians. Among the artists in this impressive teaching lineage were Arthur Schoenberg, Francis Poulenc, Pierre Bernac and Nadia Boulanger.
Patricia Sang with the former Los Angeles Music Center Opera Association, with Orange County's Opera Pacific and with the Los Angeles Master Chorale under Roger Wagner. She performed in master classes taught by Giorgio Tozzi (Metropolitan Opera), Blanche Thebom (Metropolitan Opera) and Dorothy Warenskjold (San Francisco Opera). She has recorded background vocals for a number of artists.
Patricia is an Emmy™ Award-winning writer. She is a working voice-over talent and an active member of SAG-AFTRA and AGMA. She is a former TV Arts & Entertainment news segment host and producer and NPR jazz radio station affiliate host, and a former columnist for The Los Angeles Daily News.
Patricia Shanks Audio & Video Clips (click the text links)
Long Time Ago
Una voce poco fa
Accompanied by the incomparable Nick Ariondo in 1990
Nick performed onstage with Placido Domingo in the recent LA Opera production of Il Postino.
Singing at the conclusion of a recent Studio voice and piano recital
Patricia Shanks consorting backstage with the men in uniform of Die Fledermaus and post-performance of Falstaff pictured as the Wood Nymph (aka Mistress Meg Page).
Patricia Shanks Voice Studio