Patricia Racette to Receive Merola Distinguished Alumni Award
The Merola Distinguished Alumni Award has been previously presented to numerous Merola alums, including Susan Graham, Thomas Hampson, conductor Patrick Summers, Carol Vaness, Deborah Voigt, and Dolora Zajick.
Ms. Racette was one of 22 young artists in the 1988 Merola Opera Program, where, among other roles, she first portrayed one of her signature roles, Cio-Cio-san in Madama Butterfly at an outdoor concert at Villa Montalvo in Saratoga, CA. Following her summer with Merola, Ms. Racette was chosen to be a San Francisco Opera Adler Fellow from 1989 - 1991. She has been seen most recently at the San Francisco Opera in Susannah (2014), Madama Butterfly (2014), Show Boat (2014), Dolores Claiborne (2013), and Mefistofele (2013).
Ms. Racette has been a consistent presence in the most acclaimed opera houses, including The Metropolitan Opera, San Francisco Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Houston Grand Opera, Washington National Opera, Los Angeles Opera, The Santa Fe Opera, and many others in the United States. Internationally, she has appeared in leading roles at the Royal Opera House, the English National Opera, Opéra National de Paris, Teatro alla Scala, Teatro Comunale di Bologna, Teatro Comunale di Firenze, Opera di Genova, Bayerische Staatsoper, Vienna Staatsoper, Teater an der Wien, Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona, Opera Australia in Sydney, and the Saito Kinen Festival among others.
Known as a great interpreter of Janá?ek and Puccini, she has gained particular acclaim for her portrayals of the title roles of Madama Butterfly, Tosca, Jen?fa, Kátya Kabanová, and all three leading soprano roles in Il Trittico. Her varied repertoire has encompassed the leading roles of Mimì and Musetta in La Bohème, Violetta in La Traviata, Elisabeth in Don Carlos, Leonora in Il Trovatore, Marguerite in Faust, Mathilde in Guillaume Tell, Blanche in Dialogues des Carmélites, Margherita in Boito's Mefistofele, and the title roles of Manon Lescaut, Iphigénie en Tauride, and Luisa Miller. She has championed new music in leading roles of world premieres with other works of Tobias Picker, Carlisle Floyd, and Paul Moravec. She continues to perform Nedda in Pagliacci, Ellen Orford in Peter Grimes, The Governess in The Turn of the Screw, Tatyana in Eugene Onegin, Alice in Falstaff, Ellen Orford in Peter Grimes, Madame Lidoine in Dialogues of the Carmelites, as well as her recent and upcoming additions of the title roles in Salome, Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk, La Voix Humaine, and La Fanciulla del West.