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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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  • Patricia Racette Raises The Emotional Ante In Every Operatic Portrayal
    Chicago Times - Feb 02, 2016
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    Baritone Brian Mulligan Bracing Up For 'the Fall Of The House Of Usher' At San Francisco Opera
    Huffington Post - Dec 03, 2015
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    Huffington Post - Oct 30, 2013
  • You Bet Your Life!
    Huffington Post - Oct 29, 2013


Learn about the memorable moments in the evolution of Patricia Racette.


1965 Birth Racette was born in Manchester, New Hampshire in 1965. … Read More


1983 18 Years Old Upon graduation from high school in 1983, Racette matriculated at the University of North Texas with the intent of studying vocal jazz. … Read More


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.
1993 28 Years Old 1 More Event
She sang one more role with the company in the spring of 1993, Micaela 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 - 1996 2 More Events
1998 33 Years Old In 1998 Racette was the recipient of the coveted Richard Tucker Award which is given annually by the Richard Tucker Music Foundation to an American-born opera singer on the threshold of a major national and international career. … 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
2002 37 Years Old …  In June 2002, when she was featured as the cover story for the Opera News magazine, Racette requested that the magazine include her public coming-out statement. … 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 1 More Event
She most recently sang the role of Cio-Cio San at the house in 2009.
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