About this artist:
Patricia Racette’s past roles with HGO include Floria in Tosca (2010), Alice Ford in Falstaff (2005), Cio-Cio-San in Madame Butterfly and the titular role in Jenůfa (2004), Elisabetta de Valois in Don Carlo (2001), Love Simpson in Cold Sassy Tree (2000), Margherita in Mefistofele (1999), and Violetta in La traviata (1999). She has performed in the most celebrated opera houses of the world, including the Metropolitan Opera, San Francisco Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Teatro alla Scala, Paris Opera, Royal Opera House Covent Garden, Teatro Real, and Gran Teatre del Liceu. Her vast repertoire includes the title roles of Madama Butterfly, Tosca, Jenufa, Kátya Kabanová, and Salome; all three leading lady roles in Il Trittico and Katerina in Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk. Her performances in Madame Butterfly, Peter Grimes, and I Pagliacci at the Metropolitan Opera were seen worldwide in movie theaters as part of The Met: Live in HD series. Racette made her directorial debut with a new production of La traviata at the Opera Theatre of St. Louis in the summer of 2018 and returned in the summer of 2021 to direct herself in a production of Poulenc’s The Human Voice. Planned productions of The Human Voice at the Dallas Opera and Susannah at the Opera Theatre of Saint Louis in 2020 were unfortunately canceled due to the pandemic. This season, Racette makes two role debuts: Madame Croissy at HGO and Desirée Armfeldt in A Little Night Music at the Arizona Opera. Racette is currently the Artistic Director of Opera Theatre of St. Louis’s Gerdine Young Artist and Richard Gaddes Festival Artist programs. She also continues to be sought after for master classes and workshops to foster artistry in the next generation of classical singers.