Patricia Racette Comes To The Rescue At San Francisco Opera
Huffington Post - over 3 years
NEW YORK — For Patricia Racette, this was already shaping up as a memorable year at the San Francisco Opera, opening the season in Boito's "Mefistofele" and returning in June to headline two more productions.
Then, suddenly, along came "Dolores Claiborne." Less than a month ago, the American soprano agreed to take on an almost unheard-of challenge – rescuing the world-premiere production of Tobias Picker's opera based on the Stephen King novel. Mezzo-soprano Dolora Zajick, for whom it was written, withdrew at the last minute, and David Gockley, the company's director, appealed to Racette to step in.
"I took as thorough a look at the score as I could, and it's fiendishly difficult," Racette said in a telephone interview this week. "But I'm a quick study, and I thought, gosh, it'll be to the wire, but I think I can do this if I just pull one of my turbo-sessions."
Her partner, mezzo-soprano Beth Clayton, bought a 4-foot electronic keyboard for their apartment, and they used that to
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