In Conversation with…A Diva – Patricia Racette
Interviewed by Yefim Maizel
SF Opera, Qcc & Hillgirlz
June 14 at 7:30pm
LGBT Community Center – First Floor
Tickets: $7 – $15 sliding scale
Out soprano and full-fledged Diva, Patricia Racette, talks about her life in opera and how being out has impacted her career. She lets us into the world of being Diva: glamour, hard work, travel — is there any time for fun? Ms. Racette is in SF performing in Madama Butterfly for the SF Opera.
Winner of the prestigious 1998 Richard Tucker award, soprano Patricia Racette is setting the standard in works both classic and new.
Ms. Racette has developed strong relationships with the Metropolitan Opera, the San Francisco Opera (where she is a almuna of the Merola Opera Program), the Lyric Opera of Chicago, the Houston Grand Opera, and the Santa Fe Opera. Seen regularly at these houses, her many roles have included Violetta in La Traviata, Blanche de la Force in Dialogues des Carmelites, Mimi and Musetta in La Boheme, the title role in Jenufa, Cio Cio San in Madama Butterfly, Alice Ford in Falstaff, Liu in Turandot, Desdemona in Otello, the title role of Kátya Kabanová, Marguerite in Faust, Tatyana in Eugene Onegin, Ellen Orford in Peter Grime, Micaela in Carmen, the title role in Luisa Miller, Leonora in Il Trovatore, Amelia in Simon Boccanegra, Antonia in Les Contes d’Hoffman, Elisabetta in Don Carlo, Mathilde in Guillaume Tell, Margherita in Boito’s Mefistofele, and Fosca in Passion.
Interviewer Yefim Maizel (CEO, Artistic Director & Stage Director) has directed and assisted in the former Soviet Union, in Europe and in the U.S. at the Metropolitan Opera, San Francisco Opera, Washington Opera, Kirov Opera, Wexford Opera Festival, Santa Fe Opera, Opera Pacific, Michigan Opera Theater and Opera Santa Barbara.
In 2005, Mr. Maizel established Opera Academy of California (OAC), a non-profit educational organization, where he serves as CEO and Artistic Director.