New York Classical Review: “A riveting Racette ignites in Met’s Salome” …and more!

“…Patricia Racette provided just that kind of rare experience, starring in a revival of Richard Strauss’s Salome at the Metropolitan Opera. She was not even originally scheduled to sing in this run, and stepped in to replace an ailing Catherine Naglestad.

Yet the veteran soprano had a career night Monday, showing she still has an enormous amount to offer, both musically and dramatically, as an artist. Racette has not had a success at the Met like this in several years–maybe ever.”
-Eric C. Simpson, New York Classical Review

 “The evening belonged, rightly, to Patricia Racette, who portrayed the princess of Judea in place of Catherine Naglestad, reportedly unwell in Europe. Racette, 51, rose to the challenge with gutsy abandon, singing with almost unflagging power and inflecting the text with illuminating stresses. She manoeuvred the cluttered stage with grace, and, yes, bared all for a brief moment as she discarded her seventh veil.”
-Martin Bernheimer, The Financial Times

“Her stamina was astounding and she did not seem out of breath after the dance of seven veils. The final scene of the opera, in front stage talking to and finally kissing the severed head, brought out her best singing of the evening, as her tireless voice rode above the surging orchestra to a thrilling finale. It was, at the end of the evening, a compelling and noteworthy performance.”
Ako Imamura, Bachtrack

Published: December 7, 2016