Patricia Racette

Born 1965

Patricia Lynn Racette is an American operatic soprano. A winner of the Richard Tucker Award in 1998, she has been a regular presence at major opera houses internationally. Racette has enjoyed long-term partnerships with the San Francisco Opera, where she has been a regular performer since 1989, and with the Metropolitan Opera, where she has performed annually since 1995.… Read More

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1965 Birth Born in 1965.


1988 23 Years Old After graduating from college, Racette made her professional opera debut in 1988 in Giacomo Puccini's Madama Butterfly with the San Francisco Western Opera Theater and traveled with the company for performances in New York City. … Read More
1989 24 Years Old She made her debut with the San Francisco Opera in 1989 as the voice of the priestess in Aida. … Read More
1991 26 Years Old In 1991 she was made an Adler Fellow at the San Francisco Opera which led to several more performances at the SFO over the next two years, including Micaëla in Carmen, Dunyasha in War and Peace, the First Lady in The Magic Flute, and Mimì in La bohème.
1992 27 Years Old In 1992 Racette joined the roster of singers at the New York City Opera, making her debut with the company as Musetta in La bohème.
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She sang one more role with the company in the spring of 1993, Micaëla in Carmen.
She also continued her relationship with the San Francisco Opera, portraying Margherita in Mefistofele in 1994 and made her first international appearances that year at the Vienna State Opera and the Welsh National Opera.


1995 30 Years Old She made her debut at the house on March 4, 1995 with Mary Mills as Mimì, Luis Lima as Rodolfo, as Marcello, and John Fiore conducting. … Read More
1996 31 Years Old In 1996 Racette had a major critical success portraying the title role in the world premiere of Tobias Picker's Emmeline for her debut at the Santa Fe Opera. … Read More
1998 33 Years Old She took over the latter part in 1998 after the firing of Angela Gheorghiu and the cancellation of Renée Fleming. … Read More
2000 35 Years Old In 2000 Racette made her debut at La Scala as Ellen Orford and her debut at the Lyric Opera of Chicago as Jenůfa. … Read More


In 2005 she notably portrayed Roberta Alden in the world premiere of Tobias Picker's An American Tragedy.
2006 41 Years Old …  She was also on the cover of the February 2006 edition of the Lesbian News and was featured in the September 2002 edition of The Advocate. … Read More
2009 44 Years Old She most recently returned to the house to portray the role of Leslie Crosby in the premiere of Paul Moravec's The Letter in 2009.
2012 47 Years Old She most recently sang the role of Cio-Cio San at the house in 2012.


2016 51 Years Old In 2016, Racette made her role debut in Poulenc's La voix humaine for her first appearance at the Chicago Opera Theater.
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