Patricia Racette: Diva on Detour

Metropolitan Opera star Patricia Racette began singing in cabarets and is now bringing her career full circle. This live recording of her intimate evening of songs by Stephen Sondheim, Cole Porter, George Gershwin, and Edith Piaf is a treat for all music and theatre lovers.  This opera diva’s voice and astounding stage presence are lovingly captured on her first live CD recorded in concert at the GPR/Sound Associate Studios. “Her singing was robust, nuanced and passionate, befitting a performer of her skill and experience.” – THE NEW YORK TIMES

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kX1nczK1ciA

 

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CD Review: Racette’s ‘Diva on Detour’

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by Bill Madison

Over the past few years, Patricia Racette has earned the reputation of one of America’s foremost sopranos. The first time I heard her, as the title character in Tobias Picker’s Emmeline, at New York City Opera, she won my admiration, and I’m always glad to hear more of her. Since then, with her searing theatricality and passionate, clarion singing, she’s gone on racking up triumphs, in repertory ranging from Verdi and Puccini to Janácˇek and Carlisle Floyd, particularly at San Francisco Opera, Houston Grand Opera, and the Met. At the last company, she’s received notable acclaim for her Madama Butterfly and for a Tosca that helped to redeem Luc Bondy’s infamously ill-conceived staging.

Strangely enough, however, this Soprano Assoluta boasts a background in cabaret: in her younger years, she enrolled at the University of North Texas to study jazz, but wound up in opera instead. Hearing her at the Met, I simply couldn’t imagine her on a spotlit barstool by a smoky piano. Surely she was making this up.

Now GPR Records has released a CD that exuberantly proclaims Racette’s mastery of an altogether different idiom. While she brings to bear certain assets of concert singing — particularly extended range and breath control that permits her to hold notes far longer than the average chantoozy — she gives herself over freely to the demands of the art form, exploiting a gutsy chest voice, alert attention to rhythm, and expressive devotion to language. She manages Billie Holiday’s trademark, singing on consonants, and she belts as if she was born to do nothing else.

Looking over the playlist of pop standards, almost all of which are associated with legendary stars of the past, you admire not only Racette’s good taste but also her courage. How the hell does any “diva on detour” open her act with a medley of Judy Garland numbers? Well, it takes her about less than two bars to dispel any doubts you may have, and once she’s got you in her grasp, she’s not letting you go.

Even in a set of Piaf numbers, she catches exactly the right style. She doesn’t imitate so much as invoke the Little Sparrow’s gargles and growls, her moans and roar, not to mention her flawless French diction.

In a sense, Racette’s affinity for this repertory is only natural, since in opera, too, she sings roles that are closely associated with monstres sacrés like Maria Callas, every bit as titanic in her field as Piaf or Garland was in hers. Racette must make those roles her own, just as she must make these songs hers and not Garland’s or Piaf’s — or, for that matter, Jack Gilford’s, when she sings “I’m Calm.” She’s very funny, as it happens, not Jack’s way but her way.

Interpretation has become the abandoned child in pop music, where we put an almost exclusive emphasis on innovation. But in jazz as in opera, interpretation is the order of the day, and it’s Racette’s achievement that she finds herself and communicates with us in any music that she sings. She’s a “diva on detour,” perhaps, but she’s not slumming: she’s got integrity. She knows what to do, and she does it — beautifully.

The album was recorded before a live audience (invited, audibly appreciative, and pleasingly responsive), and it’s distinguished by Racette’s engaging between-song banter. Has any soprano in such circumstances ever sounded less like a conservatory recitalist? I doubt it. Craig Terry, her longtime collaborator, provides expert accompaniment on piano, exercising a kind of majestic yet unpretentious command that’s a perfect match for her full-throated delivery.

Diva on Detour is a priceless souvenir of one more facet of a great artist’s talent, and I look forward to listening to it and learning more from it for many years to come.

 

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Established as one of the most frequently cast sopranos on the opera stages today, Patricia Racette is not only beautiful to see but her soprano is rich and full and dramatic and she is as versatile as anyone on the stage today. Now she pushes the boundaries even further with this live recording in April 2012 of a series of cabaret songs with pianist Craig Terry. Many opera stars attempt crossover albums with varying results, at times breaking into operatic soaring when crooning is more in sync with the songs.Patricia Racette knows how to belt the big songs, croon the love songs, beguile her listeners with the standards and in general provide some insights to songs we all thought we knew so well. She sensitively places a number of these songs in medleys, beginning with combining “I Got Rhythm with `Get Happy’. She then moves into the mood with `Here’s that Rainy Day’, `Not a care in the world’, `Angel Eyes’ and `I’m Calm’.And as is typical of Racette’s respect for tradition and artists of the past she devotes a medley to the music of Edith Piaf – `Milord’, `Padam-Padam’, and `La Vie en rose.’ She knows how to belt (` The Man That Got Away’, `To Keep My Love Alive’, `Come Rain or Come Shine’ and `Where or When’. The remainder of the songs on the album include `You’ve Changed’, `Guess Who I Saw Today’, `Where Do You Start?’, `So In Love’, `Mon Dieu’ and ` Not a day goes by.’ Each one is a zinger. She has the role down pat and will be recognized from now on as a singer who can communicate on any level with any audience. This is a sensational release! Grady Harp, January 13

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