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Rasmussen, Paula Mezzo-soprano
In the 2009/2010 season Paula Rasmussen sings the role of Nerone in Agrippina at the Theater an der Wien.

Ms. Rasmussen's recent performances have included Bach’s B Minor Mass with the Cincinnati Symphony, Sesto in Giulio Cesare with Los Angeles Opera, the title role in Carmen with New York City Opera, Annio in La clemenza di Tito in Munich and Cherubino in Le nozze di Figaro with Dallas Opera. She was the mezzo soloist in Bach's B Minor Mass with the Los Angeles Master Chorale in March of 2008.

As Ms. Rasmussen's extensive career continued, she made the decision to enter law school at Golden State University Law School. "Traveling and performing is very exciting and glamorous, but it is also grueling. I've been a professional singer since 1990, spending most of my time traveling. From 1998-2002, I probably spent 11 months of the year on the road, a different country every month. I began to really miss the everyday things like being able to attend family birthday parties or see friends. I longed to subscribe to the newspaper! Performing also has its stresses-I had to be very careful to not catch a cold and to preserve my voice between performances. I have no regrets, but I realized I wanted to be "done" with professional singing, so I began to look around for a new career.

While many singers turn to teaching, I had developed mixed feelings about encouraging budding singers when it can be so difficult to make a living at it. I suppose I was influenced by modern fiction and TV portrayals of lawyers. I wanted something interesting, financially satisfying, but mostly something that would connect me to that sense of community I missed so much.

I still sing. In fact, I've had singing engagements every winter, spring, and summer break during law school." ...... and since.

Buffs Performance(s): 5/19/92, 2/18/90
Grants awarded: Nocturnes; La Damoiselle élue; Le Martyre de St. Sébastien (Debussy)

Serse (Handel

Il Viaggio a Reims (Rossini)


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