Patricia Richards

Madame Firmin

Patricia Richards was born in Cleveland Ohio. She began studying the piano at age six. She received her Bachelor of Music from the College of Wooster in Ohio. For some reason she then worked as a systems analyst for Ohio Bell Telephone. After Ma Bell came two years as an announcer and producer for WCLV-FM (Cleveland) a sort of American version of Radio 3 with commercials, of course. She then went back to making music, rather than ‘playing it’. and studies for her Master’s degree at Castman School of Music in Rochester, New York during which time she won the Metropolitan Opera District Auditions. In 1974 came a Francis Toye Scholarship to study at the Opera School at the Royal College of Music. She joined Glyndebourne Festival Opera as a chorister and understudy in 1976. After three seasons there, interspersed with various recitals and concerts the muse abandoned her for a while and she became personal secretary to an international tax consultant who liked music enough to overlook a less than thorough grounding in shorthand.

A chance meeting with the captain at a cricket match on Ham Common led to marriage and children. In 1985 Patty took up nowhere near she left off and joined the company of David Merrick’s 42nd Street at Theatre Royal, Drury Lane.

Her hobbies are cartooning and working towards a handicap in golf (a ridiculous game she swore she’d never play).