Soprano Patricia Racette has appeared in the most acclaimed opera houses of the world including
the Metropolitan Opera, San Francisco Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Royal Opera House, La Scala, Paris Opera, and the Bayerische Staatsoper. Known as a great interpreter of Janácek and Puccini, she has gained particular acclaim for her portrayals of the title roles of Madama Butterfly, Tosca, Jenufa, Kátya Kabanová, and all three lead soprano roles in Il Trittico. Her performances of Madama Butterfly and Peter Grimes at the Metropolitan Opera were seen in movie theaters across the world as part of the The Met: Live in HD, with Madama Butterfly being one of the most successful broadcasts in the history of the series. Both were subsequently released on DVD.
A champion of new works, Ms. Racette has created roles in a number of world premieres. Among them are the role of Leslie Crosbie in Paul Moravec’s The Letter
at the Santa Fe Opera, Roberta Alden in Tobias Picker’s An American Tragedy
at the Metropolitan Opera, the title role in Tobias Picker’s Emmeline
at the Santa Fe Opera (broadcast on PBS/Albany Records audio), and Love Simpson in Carlisle Floyd’s Cold Sassy Tree
at the Houston Grand Opera. ... read full bio