Patricia Racette on coming out, Trump, nudity and the demands of ‘Salome’

Soprano Patricia Racette, star of the Los Angeles Opera's upcoming production of "Salome," at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion. (Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times)

Soprano Patricia Racette, star of the Los Angeles Opera’s upcoming production of “Salome,” at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion. (Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times)

June 26 was a historic day… L.A. Times contacted Patricia for a reaction– Read more!

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!

Lead by Patricia Racette in her COC debut, the cast on opening night, with one exception, is superb.
Patricia Racette delivers the most nuanced performance of Butterfly this reviewer has ever seen.
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Pat offers her candid and off the cuff responses regarding Madama Butterfly and her current appearance with the COC in Toronto. Check it out!

into Madama Butterfly!

Second in a series of videos featuring performers of the Canadian Opera Company getting into character.

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With the production of Carlisle Floyd’s SUSANNAH at SFO, Racette celebrates 25 years and over 31 roles with the company. Find the full interview, COMING HOME by Roger Pines under the “Program Articles” tab at the bottom of the page, including a great photo gallery cataloguing her long relationship with the company.

Patricia celebrates her 4th cover for OPERA NEWS!

If there’s such a thing as operatic karma, the American soprano Patricia Racette is reaping its rewards. Ms. Racette, praised equally for her rich voice and keen dramatic instincts, is in her prime these days and a favorite at major opera houses throughout the U.S. She recently made headlines by stepping into the breach on very short notice when the San Francisco Opera needed someone to sing the title role in Tobias Picker’s “Dolores Claiborne,” a company co-commission scheduled to have its premiere here on Wednesday.

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Operatic soprano Patricia Racette is ticking off the names of her favorite film actors: Cate Blanchett, Judi Dench and, most of all, Meryl Streep. “You don’t see her putting on a character; you see her being that character,” says Racette. “You forget that she’s acting, because you’re lost in the story. And I approach my craft in the same way. I don’t want people to be aware that I’m singing for them. I want to transport them. I want them to taste the story.”

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