When legendary soprano Patricia Racette, currently starring at the Met in Pagliacci, called and asked if I would like to produce her new CD, I had to pinch myself. Read composer/producer Glen Roven’s full article!
December 31, 2014
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Vocal Arts Society Recital | Washington Post
“But the true revelations came during the second half, when Racette recalibrated her voice to a lower-seated, microphone-friendly pop sound, with high notes taken in an easy belt. Her unbuttoned performances of “I’m a Stranger Here Myself” and “Mon Dieu” were knockouts. And her introspective, gently swung renditions of “Here’s That Rainy Day,” “Guess Who I Saw Today” and “Not a Day Goes By” were so magnetic, so naturally inside the style, she left other opera singers’ stiff-backed attempts at this repertoire in the dust.
One can imagine Racette someday leaving opera behind (as Eileen Farrell famously did) to pursue jazz singing. Even now (with proper husbanding of her voice), this singer — and her splendidly versatile pianist, Craig Terry — should be booking club dates and recording the Great American Songbook. She needs to be heard in this material.”
Joe Banno | Washington Post | April 11, 2010
Vocal Arts Society Recital | Washington D.C.
“She can deploy her complex tone, thick with vibrato and other colors like the tannins in a potent red wine, to pack an emotional punch that can knock out the listener with its urgency. It was clear from her stage presence that she understood and has considered the words of the songs she sang, but she always stopped short of grossly emoting, making for a deeply satisfying performance.”
Read more at ionarts.com | Charles T. Downey | April 2010
Cabaret Performance | The New York Times
“Ms. Racette uses the restricted dimensions of cabaret style wholeheartedly but with discretion, and the aura of opera stardom that she adds to this different world fits well into Carnegie Hall’s broad cultural survey called Berlin in Lights, now in full swing around the city.”
Bernard Holland | The New York Times | November 10, 2007