Patricia Racette

American soprano Patricia Racette celebrates her twenty-fourth anniversary with San Francisco Opera this season by appearing in the title roles of Dolores Claiborne and Madama Butterfly, as Margherita and Elena in Mefistofele, and in her role debut as Julie La Verne in Show Boat. A participant in the Adler Fellowship and Merola Opera Program, she has sung 28 roles with the Company, most recently the title role of Tosca, the three heroines of Puccini’s Il Trittico, and Marguerite (Faust); Racette previously appeared as Margherita in Boito’s Mefistofele in 1994. Other recent engagements include Cio-Cio-San in Barcelona; Tosca, Cio-Cio-San, Leonora (Il Trovatore), and Madame Lidoine (Dialogues des Carmélites) with the Metropolitan Opera; Tosca and the title role of Manon Lescaut at Washington National Opera; the Governess (The Turn of the Screw) with Los Angeles Opera; and the title role of Kát'a Kabanová for English National Opera. She has also appeared in several world premieres: as Leslie Crosbie in Moravec’s The Letter for the Santa Fe Opera; Love Simpson in Floyd’s Cold Sassy Tree for Houston Grand Opera; the title role of Tobias Picker’s Emmeline at the Santa Fe Opera; and Roberta Alden in Picker’s American Tragedy at the Met. Racette has performed leading roles abroad at Milan’s La Scala; the Royal Opera, Covent Garden; Paris Opera; the Vienna State Opera; Genoa’s Teatro Carlo Felice; Bavarian State Opera; and the Maggio Musicale Festival. Her Met portrayals of Cio-Cio-San and Ellen Orford (Peter Grimes) were captured for that company’s HD series and are available on DVD. Her latest recording, Diva on Detour, is a cabaret album produced by GPR Records and Naxos—a program she has performed live at the celebrated Below 54 (formerly Studio 54), the Ravinia Festival, and New York’s Century Club. Upcoming highlights include Diva on Detour at San Francisco’s Jewish Community Center, Tosca for both Turin’s Teatro Regio in Tokyo and the Met (live in HD), and Maddalena (Andrea Chénier) at the Met.