Photo credit: Devon Cass May 2012

Photo credit: Devon Cass

About Patricia

Known as one of the great singing actresses of our time, soprano Patricia Racette continues to share her artistry with audiences around the world. She has performed in many of the world’s major opera houses and is a particular favorite at San Francisco Opera and The Metropolitan Opera.

Her 2016-17 season ignites with Salome in both Pittsburgh and Los Angeles followed by her return to the Met in a role debut as Roxane in Cyrano de Bergerac opposite Roberto Alagna in the title role. Patricia will also return to San Francisco Conservatory in January of 2017 for an intensive seminar after her command performance master classes last season.

Patricia’s latest album, Diva on Detour, features an intimate evening of songs from Stephen Sondheim, Cole Porter, George Gershwin, and Édith Piaf and is available for purchase and digital download from all fine music sources. 

Full Biography

Known as one of the great singing actresses of our time, soprano Patricia Racette continues to share her artistry with audiences around the world. Notes the Huffington Post, “In this moment, Patricia Racette commands the stage with an authority that is reminiscent of Tebaldi and Callas… Racette suspends time and transports the witness to rare heights of lyrical enchantment.”

Her 2016-17 season ignites with Salome in both Pittsburgh and Los Angeles followed by her return to the Metropolitan Opera in a role debut as Roxane in Cyrano de Bergerac opposite Roberto Alagna in the title role. Patricia will also return to San Francisco Conservatory in January of 2017 for an intensive seminar after her command performance master classes last season.

The early 2015-16 season featured Ms. Racette’s appearances in the USA and abroad, beginning with her triumphant role debut of the eponymous Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk at the London Coliseum with English National Opera for which she received high praise from the London critics, including: “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..” The soprano’s season continued on to a sold-out performance of her celebrated cabaret show, Diva on Detour for San Diego, her assumption of Salome in concert with Portland Symphony, and her acclaimed role and company debut of La Voix Humaine with Chicago Opera Theater. Spring of 2016 found Ms. Racette in her return to The Royal Opera House/Covent Garden to take on Giorgetta in Il Tabarro followed by double duty in Il Trittico for her debut with Teatro dell’Opera di Roma in the leading soprano roles of Il Tabarro and Suor Angelica. This July and August she wraps up her season with the addition of another heroine to her Puccini roster in her role debut as Minnie in La Fanciulla del West in the anticipated Richard Jones production opening (and closing!) the 60th Anniversary Season of The Santa Fe Opera.

In The Met: Live in HD, her performances of Tosca, Madama Butterfly, and Peter Grimes have been seen in HD in movie theaters across the globe, with her portrayal of Madama Butterfly remaining one of the most successful broadcasts in the history of the series. Ms. Racette is also known for her vibrant role as host for many other HD transmissions for the series. Additionally, she continues to be sought after for master classes and workshops to foster artistry in the next generation of classical singers. 

 A champion of new works by today’s leading composers, Ms. Racette has created roles in three operas of Tobias Picker: the title role of Emmeline for The Santa Fe Opera (subsequently shown on PBS and available on Albany Records), Roberta Alden in An American Tragedy for the Metropolitan Opera, and the title role of Dolores Claiborne for the San Francisco Opera. Other premieres have included her appearance as Leslie Crosbie in the world premiere of Paul Moravec’s The Letter at the Santa Fe Opera as well as Love Simpson in Carlisle Floyd’s Cold Sassy Tree at the Houston Grand Opera (available on Albany Records).

She continues to appear regularly in the most acclaimed opera houses of the world, including The Metropolitan Opera, San Francisco Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Houston Grand Opera, Washington National Opera, Los Angeles Opera, and the Santa Fe Opera. Internationally, Ms. Racette has appeared at the Royal Opera House, Barcelona’s Gran Teatre del Liceu, the English National Opera, Opéra National de Paris, Teatro alla Scala, Teatro Comunale di Bologna, Teatro Comunale di Firenze, Opera di Genova, Bayerische Staatsoper, Vienna Staatsoper, and the Saito Kinen Festival.

On the concert platform, Ms Racette has appeared with many of the world’s most prestigious orchestras, including the New York Philharmonic, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Minnesota Orchestra, the Houston Symphony, the San Francisco Symphony, the London Philharmonic Orchestra, Dusseldorfer Philharmoniker, and the Cologne Philharmonic, the latter with whom she recorded Zemlinsky’s Der Traumgörge under the baton of James Conlon.

A native of New Hampshire, Ms. Racette earned her Bachelor of Music degree from North Texas State University before joining The Merola Opera Program and Adler Fellowship at San Francisco Opera. Among her honors are the Richard Tucker Award, the Marian Anderson Award, Merola Distinguished Alumni Award, and the prestigious Opera News Award in 2010. 

Updated JUNE 2016