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