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Patricia Racette debuts new Puccini role at The Santa Fe Opera, receives raves

Published: July 5, 2016

“Now it’s on to Patricia Racette for her fresh take on Minnie, tender and multidimensional, soft of heart and secure of voice. Although Racette’s still growing into the role, her top notes soar with warmth and luminosity, and as a consummate actress, she’ll have you forgetting you’re in an opera house.”
-John Stege, The Santa Fe Reporter

“The piece was strongly cast. Patricia Racette, a part-time Santa Fe resident, took on the role of Minnie for the first time in her career and did it proud. Her clear, robust soprano embraced the part’s vocal demands with security. …Time and again her little soliloquies drew viewers into the realm of her deeply personal hopes and dreams, building up a well-rounded, credible characterization.”
-James M. Keller, The Santa Fe New Mexican


Upcoming in SUMMER 2016: Patricia Racette stars as Minnie in Puccini’s The Girl Of the Golden West at The Santa Fe Opera

Published: June 6, 2016

Patricia Racette returns to her beloved Santa Fe Opera July 1, 2016. Performances run through August 27, 2016.

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WINTER 2016: This just in…Patricia returns to LONDON!

Published: February 4, 2016

Patricia Racette will appear as Giorgetta in Il Tabarro at The Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. Performances are February 25 & 29; March 3, 5, 8, 11, 15, 2016.
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AUTUMN 2015: Patricia earns raves for her first unveiling of Katerina in London’s WEST END!

Published: December 8, 2015

“Patricia Racette is sensational as Katerina…the great American soprano contributes a three-dimensional humanity all her own. Indeed, all the singers do an excellent job of rising above the production; she, though, is a star… Racette’s interpretational subtlety is as dazzling as her rock-solid vocal command. She dominates the unravelling tale, honours to the hilt the title’s ironic sobriquet and invests her big, chromatic soliloquy with an overwhelming sense of thwarted languor. We are never allowed to forget that Katerina is victim first, multiple murderer second..”

—Mark Valencia, What’s On Stage | Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk | English National Opera, September 2015

“Patricia Racette charts Katerina’s transformation from bored, resentful chattel to emancipated woman with steely control, and unswerving musical authority”

—Andrew Clements, The Guardian | Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk | English National Opera, September 2015

“Patricia Racette makes us believe in her utterly as she veers between the desperation of being downtrodden in a loveless marriage to the triumph of controlling her own destiny back to the twin despairs of imprisonment and sexual betrayal, making Katerina’s extreme actions seem inevitable to us in the audience…Racette, Daszak, Hayward and Peter Hoare (as Katerina’s husband Zinovy) all sang well, Racette outstandingly so, with attractive timbre and phrasing, a great deal of emotion injected into each line and no difficulty in being heard above the orchestra.”

—David Karlin, Bachtrack | Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk | English National Opera, September 2015

“With Mark Wigglesworth drawing a brilliantly detailed performance from the pit, soprano Patricia Racette gilding her arias with expressive grace, and bass-baritone Robert Hayward’s father-in-law Boris effortlessly commanding the stage, we are in excellent hands.”

—Michael Church, The Independent | Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk | English National Opera, September 2015

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