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Patricia Racette

'Misia': A New Musical At Last

Barry Singer | Posted 03.30.2015 | Arts
Barry Singer

I never knew Vernon Duke but I have been working with him for fifteen years now and I'm delighted to report that we are finally, finally, getting someplace.

Despicable You

George Heymont | Posted 02.17.2015 | Arts
George Heymont

There's something about religious hypocrisy that is jaw-droppingly timeless in its newsworthiness. Among the news items to hit the fan in recent month...

There's Lots of Good Fish in the Sea

George Heymont | Posted 10.24.2014 | Arts
George Heymont

The lyrics to many choral refrains in Gilbert and Sullivan's operettas are often ignored or forgotten by audiences who favor the musical solos and pat...

An Art Form That Just Keeps Evolving

George Heymont | Posted 10.15.2014 | Arts
George Heymont

I'm often amused by the random juxtaposition of shows I attend from one night to the next. One could hardly position two American musicals that differ quite as much in their performance history, style, and appeal than the two I saw in back-to-back performances a few months ago.

Afloat on the Joys of San Francisco Opera's Showboat

Pamela Feinsilber | Posted 08.24.2014 | Arts
Pamela Feinsilber

I'm surprised at the opera snobbishness of the people who've wondered why San Francisco Opera is presenting a musical this summer -- that is to say, Jerome Kern and Oscar Hammerstein's Show Boat.

"Show Boat" - Jerome Kern's Masterpiece at San Francisco Opera

Sean Martinfield | Posted 08.05.2014 | San Francisco
Sean Martinfield

It's an opera - where the ideal performer with the optimal voice is a capital match for the intentions of the composer and his lyricist, Oscar Hammerstein II.

You Bet Your Life!

George Heymont | Posted 01.23.2014 | Arts
George Heymont

Some people simply can't resist the chance to make a bet or the challenge to meet one. Whether that bet involves traveling around the world in 80 days or transforming a poor Cockney flower girl into a woman of poise who could charm the Queen of England, no prize is as delicious as the satisfaction of planning one's triumph.

Bondage and Leather and San Francisco Opera's Mephistopheles

Pamela Feinsilber | Posted 01.23.2014 | Arts
Pamela Feinsilber

I happened to mention Tracy's plans to someone and laughed, saying, "So she's going to experience the widest range of what San Francisco has to offer today." The woman arched an eyebrow and said to me, "Have you seen this opera?"

Tobias Picker's Dolores Claiborne -- A Daring World Premiere at San Francisco Opera

Sean Martinfield | Posted 11.25.2013 | San Francisco
Sean Martinfield

Tobias Picker's DOLORES CLAIBORNE is a brilliant musical incarnation of the novel by Stephen King and a momentous addition to the expanding canon of American opera.

Meet The Star Of A Stephen King Inspired Opera

AP | MIKE SILVERMAN | Posted 11.20.2013 | Arts

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 "Mefi...

San Francisco Opera Opens 2013 Season with Boito's 'Mephistopheles'

Sean Martinfield | Posted 11.12.2013 | San Francisco
Sean Martinfield

The Opening Night Gala this past Friday night at San Francisco Opera was nothing short of a fiery blast. And given the overflow of opulent scarlet couture among the throng of Fashionistas, it was a hellzapoppin' frolic from here to Kingdom Come.

Curtis M. Wong

Patricia Racette On Being An Openly Gay Opera Diva

HuffingtonPost.com | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 03.26.2013 | Gay Voices

Patricia Racette may be known as one of the American opera world’s finest sopranos, but she insists she’s felt like a crossover artist for the bul...

Melody Moore Steps Into Tosca Opening Night at San Francisco Opera

Sean Martinfield | Posted 01.27.2013 | San Francisco
Sean Martinfield

Opera fans love real-time drama -- a favorite episode being The Last-Minute Replacement. Following the first intermission, it was announced that Ms. Gheorghiu had been rushed off to the hospital and would be replaced by Melody Moore. Following the murmurs and gasps, the audience applauded.

Turn of the Screw Gets a Stunning New Turn at LA Opera

Rodney Punt | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Rodney Punt

The Turn of the Screw's LA Opera production is a game-changer. Its musical realization is first rate, allowing the work to shine as a towering masterpiece.