- Patricia Racette
Patricia Lynn Racette is an internationally-known
operatic sopranofrom the United States.
Patricia was born in
Manchester, New Hampshirein 1965, and grew up in Bedford, New Hampshirefrom the age of seven. She studied jazz and music educationat North Texas State University.
Patricia was the winner of the 1994
Marian AndersonAward. The award is given to "an American singer of great promise who has already achieved some success in opera, in recital and in the orchestra/oratorio repertory." Other award recipients have been Sylvia McNair(1990), Denyce Graves(1991), and Nathan Gunn(1996). [ [http://www.kennedy-center.org/programs/awards/marian.html Marian Anderson Award] ]
She also won the coveted Richard Tucker award in 1998. The award is awarded annually by the
Richard TuckerMusic Foundation to an American-born opera singer on the threshold of a major national and international career. Some prior recipients of this award have been David Daniels(1997), Dwayne Croft(1996), Ruth Ann Swenson(1993), Deborah Voigt(1992), and Renée Fleming(1990).
Patricia was pictured on the cover of "Opera News" in June 2002 and December 2005. She was on the cover of the February
2006edition of the "Lesbian News". She was also featured in the September 2002 edition of The Advocate.
Patricia grew up in
Bedford, New Hampshire, a suburb of Manchester. She started playing guitar at the age of 8; self-taught, she played mainly chords, so she began singing along to it, which is where her interest in singing started out.
Manchester High School West(Class of 1983), where she was very active in the school music program. Under the direction of Richard Maynard, she participated in regional chorale competitive festivals. [ [http://www.westhighschool.org/west/publications/westsidestory/whoswho.html Manchester High School West website] ] Upon graduation from high school, she decided to study jazzat North Texas State University. To her dismay, she was told her voice was more amenable to the sopranorange, which initially upset her. She was not at that time aware of the fame her soprano voice would bring her in opera. [ [http://www.gaylesbiantimes.com/?id=2400&issue=851 Gay and Lesbian Times] ]
Patricia has been known to silence critics with her pointed responses. She dislikes analysis of opera in strictly technical terms, insisting on asking "But how does it make you feel?" [ [http://www.allaboutopera.com/news/2005_12_01_archives.php AllAboutOpera.com] ]
San Francisco Opera
Lyric Opera of Chicago
Houston Grand Opera
Santa Fe Opera
Royal Opera House
Vienna State Opera
Teatro alla Scala
Teatro Comunale di Firenze
Welsh National Opera
Opera National de Paris(Bastille)
*Saito Kinen Festival
Grand Théâtre de Genève
San Diego Opera
*Violetta in "
*Blanche de la Force in "
Dialogues of the Carmelites"
*Madame Lidoine in "
Dialogues of the Carmelites"
*Mimi in "
*Musetta in "
*Jenůfa in "
*Cio Cio San in "
*Alice Ford in "Falstaff"
*Liu in "
Turandot" [ [http://www.operatoday.com/content/2005/08/santa_fe_second.php Opera Today AUG-2005] ]
*Desdemona in "
*Káťa Kabanová in "
*Marguerite in "Faust"
*Tatyana in "Eugene Onegin"
*Ellen Orford in "
*Micaela in "
*Luisa Miller in "
*Leonora in "
*Amelia in "
Simon Boccanegra" [ [http://www.eldoradosun.com/Archives/05_04_issue/sunpg2.html El Dorado Sun, May-2004] ]
*Antonia in "Les Contes d’Hoffman"
*Elisabetta in "
*Mathilde in "
Boito’s " Mefistofele"
*Fosca in "Passion"
*Heliane in Korngold's "
Das Wunder der Heliane"
World premiere roles
*Title role in the
Santa Fe Opera’s world premiere of Tobias Picker’s "Emmeline".
*Metropolitan Opera's world premiere of "
An American Tragedy", also by Picker.
*Love Simpson role in the Houston Grand Opera’s world premiere of
Carlisle Floyd’s " Cold Sassy Tree", which she also performed at the San Diego Opera.
Ms. Racette has appeared with many of the world’s most prestigious orchestras, including:
Boston Symphony Orchestra
Chicago Symphony Orchestra
San Francisco Symphony
*Cologne Philharmonic Orchestra
London Philharmonic Orchestra
Zemlinsky’s " Der Traumgorge" with James Conlonand the Cologne Philharmonic
* Carlisle Floyd's "Cold Sassy Tree" with Patrick Summers and the Houston Grand Opera
Patricia is an out
lesbian. She lives with her partner, fellow opera diva Beth Clayton. In June 2002, when she was featured as the cover story for the "Opera News Magazine", Patricia requested that the magazine include her public coming-out statement. She stated that her sexuality (and long-term relationship with Beth) was a very important part of who she is as an artist. [ [http://www.magazine.org/independent_publishers/The_Four_Questions/ Quote from publishers of Opera News Magazine: We did what we considered a very important cover story in June 2002, in which Patricia Racette, a very important soprano, publicly discussed her homosexuality for the first time. The response from our readers on that was overwhelmingly positive. The difference for us is that Miss Racette was on our cover because of her accomplishments as a singer. Her relationship with her partner was and is a very important part of who she is an artist, so with her permission and encouragement, we included a discussion of that part of her life. We did not put her on the cover of the magazine because she was a lesbian.] ] Patricia and Beth were married in the summer of 2005. [ [http://www.questia.com/PM.qst;jsessionid=FYgJ20FwfQRKzS1h7NQbGLRpzH1wP5pbJBfLGW9nGMHQVSnVQhd5!-2040645674!1428813345?a=o&d=5011334286 Questia.com] ] The subject of Patricia's homosexuality has been covered in numerous other magazine interviews and articles, since. [ [http://www.hillgirlz.com/pages/Patricia_Racette4.php?project_id=4 Hillgirlz] ] [ [http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_m1589/is_2002_Sept_17/ai_91567135 The Advocate, Sept. 17, 2002] ] [ [http://www.advocate.com/currentstory1_w_ektid17576.asp The Advocate, June 21, 2005] ] [ [http://www.gaylesbiantimes.com/?id=2400&issue=851 Gay and Lesbian Times, #851 15APR2004] ] [cite news |url= http://metroweekly.com/feature/?ak=2673 |title = The Diva Next Door: Patricia Racette is out, proud and operatic |publisher = Metro Weekly |author = Will O'Bryan |date= 26 April 2007|accessdate = 2008-03-13 ]
Patricia has an older sister, Christine, and a younger brother, Peter, who is a big fan of blues guitarist
Chris Duarte. Her father, Paul, now retired, was a union representative and distributor of Pepsiproducts in southern New Hampshire. Her mother, now deceased, was a part-time bank employee and homemaker.
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* [http://www.bruceduffie.com/racettep.html Patricia Racette interview] by Bruce Duffie
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