The audience greatly enjoyed Opera Naples' "An Evening with Patricia Racette" at Moorings Presbyterian Church on Friday, giving her a well deserved standing ovation. Patricia's lyric soprano voice-such a wonderful instrument- is so vibrantly expressive. Her voice's rich timbre is warmly inviting. Her interpretation and passion are perfect for bringing Puccini's and Verdi's dazzling arias, and sensual torch songs alike, to vivid life. Very few singers give "goose bumps" with their singing, and Patricia gave welcome goose bumps, shivers and ecstatic smiles to the enthusiastic audience!
Patricia's career started in jazz, and she was then encouraged to excel in opera. Her internationally acclaimed talent is the distillation of years of training. I sat next to her proud father, Paul- we both beamed with pleasure at Patricia's inspired performance.
|Paul and Patricia Racette
|Opera Naples' Founder Steffanie Pearce and Patricia Racette
|Sandi and Tom Moran, with Patricia Racette, center
|Former Metropolitan Opera's Soprano Judith Blegen, Patricia Racette, and Former Metropolitan Opera Concertmaster
The next day, Patricia gave a two hour Master Class for FGCU and Opera Naples voice students at the beautiful FGCU Bower School of Music. She actively engages students with positive criticism. She even kicked off her heels for a hand to hand tug of war with students while they sang, to have them use certain muscles while singing. It works!
I dated a coloratura soprano for several years, and treasured attending her lessons with her talented voice teacher. Seek out a voice teacher and student, and see the hard work and practice that goes into "nailing" an aria. Patricia eschews the "park and bark" style of some who sit or stand statue-like as they sing. She encourages students to feel the passion of the vibrant Italian and French languages and cultures, and to move expressively and purposefully about the stage. When one very talented student "guessed" about aspects of his aria's character and what the role entailed, Patricia made it clear that delving into one's character is a necessity, and "guessing" has little role in a reply! Teaching with kindness and swift wit; her lessons are effectively learned. You can't hide or give less than your best on her stage.
|Opera Tampa Pianist Dan Gettinger with Patricia Racette