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Patricia Racette '17 honoris causa, soprano


Sol Joseph Recital Hall
50 Oak Street, San Francisco, CA 94102
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Free, reservations required

2017 honorary doctorate recipient Patricia Racette, a staple figure at the world's most prestigious opera houses, returns to SFCM to give a master class based on her “integrative artistry” model. By focusing on the unique attributes of each student, Racette brings out the special qualities of young musicians, turning distinct, personal characteristics into strengths.

Artist Profile

Patricia Racette soprano

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, Canadian Opera Company, Royal Opera House, La Scala, Paris Opera, Theater an der Wien, Teatro Liceu, and the Bayerische Staatsoper. Established as a great interpreter of Janáček 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 repertory now expands to include triumphant portrayals of Strauss's Salome, Minnie in La Fanciulla del West, Katerina in Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk, and Elle in La Voix Humaine.  She has been a favorite on The Met: Live in HD series as both leading lady in Madama Butterfly, Tosca, Pagliacci and Peter Grimes as well as a favorite host for multiple other productions.

A champion of new works, Ms. Racette has created roles in a number of world premieres, including 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), Love Simpson in Carlisle Floyd's Cold Sassy Tree at the Houston Grand Opera, and most recently, the title role in Tobias Picker's Dolores Claiborne at the San Francisco Opera.

Projects for her 2017-18 season include her role debut as Magda in Menotti's The Consul, a role and house debut in Weill's Street Scene for Madrid's Teatro Real, two live performances of her cabaret album Diva on Detour for Teatro Real, and her directorial debut with a new production of La Traviata for Opera Theatre of St. Louis. She continues to be sought after for master classes and workshops to foster artistry in the next generation of classical singers. In January 2017 she presented the pilot program of her intensive seminar, Integrative Artistry, at the San Francisco Conservatory [SFCM]. In the current season, she offers the seminar at The Juilliard School, SFCM, and Washington National Opera. Future stage appearances include a new production of La Voix Humaine with Opera Company of Philadelphia as well as a return to Barcelona's Teatro Liceu for the title role of Kátya Kabanová.

Born and raised in New Hampshire, Ms. Racette studied jazz and music education at North Texas State University and received an honorary doctorate from San Francisco Conservatory of Music in 2017. Among her prestigious recognitions are an Opera News Award, the Richard Tucker Award, and the Marian Anderson Award. She also received a Grammy Award in 2017 for Best Opera Recording for her performance as Marie Antoinette in the Los Angeles Opera's production of John Corigliano's The Ghosts of Versailles.

​Patricia Racette's 2018 ​residency is generously sponsored by the Five Arts Foundation​.


Molly Boggess, mezzo soprano
Ricardo Garcia, tenor
Chantal Grybas, mezzo soprano
Edward Laurenson, baritone
Rachel Rothman, soprano    
Esther Tonea, soprano
Chasiti Walker, soprano
Maureen Zoltek, piano

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Voice / Opera Studies

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