Patricia Racette, in her own words
I love variety. I have enjoyed a career comprised of many facets, some of which continue to unfold! Having sung regularly on all of the major opera stages of the world over the course of my career [including The Metropolitan Opera, La Scala, Covent Garden, Paris Opera, Teatro Real, Vienna Staatsoper, Bayerische Staatsoper, San Francisco Opera, Los Angeles Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, and The Santa Fe Opera], I have portrayed leading heroines ranging from Violetta and Mimi to Tosca, Madame Butterfly, Jenufa and, most recently, my first Kostelnicka. The body of my work tends to garner praise for being one of the great singing actresses of our time --a compliment of the highest degree in my book. I insist on being an integrated artist, and I continue use that guiding force not just in my own singing but also in my teaching of young artists as well as in my directorial endeavors. To that end, I made my directorial debut in 2018 with a new production of La Traviata for Opera Theatre of St. Louis where I will return this season to direct Floyd’s Susannah as well as take on my first season as the newly appointed Artistic Director of the Gerdine Young Artist Program.
Chicago has happily been a part of not only the current season but several seasons past. I had the great pleasure of singing my first Sister Helen Préjean in Dead Man Walking for Lyric Opera of Chicago and also appeared here at The Harris Theater for Beyond the Aria alongside several of the young artists I had just directed in the scenes program for the Ryan Opera Center. Other highlights of this season include my first outing as both director and leading lady in a new production of La Voix Humaine for The Dallas Opera—a role which captivated me when I first sang it for Chicago Opera Theater at The Harris. Additionally, I made my house debut in Opera Monte Carlo for Weill’s Street Scene capped off with a performance of my cabaret album, Diva on Detour. I was also thrilled to be honored by the Metropolitan Opera Guild for the 25th Anniversary of my Metropolitan Opera debut in 1995.
I completed my Bachelor’s degree in Voice at the University of North Texas and then launched my professional identity in San Francisco via the Merola and Adler Programs--an artistic home where I went on to sing more than thirty leading lady roles with San Francisco Opera. I am proud to be a recipient of the Opera News Award, the Richard Tucker Award, the Marian Anderson Award, an honorary doctorate from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, and a Grammy for Best Opera Recording of Corigliano’s Ghosts of Versailles.
Craig Terry, piano
Lauded for his “sensitive and stylish” (The New York Times) and “superb” (Opera News) playing, pianist Craig Terry enjoys an international career regularly performing with the world’s leading singers and instrumentalists. Currently Terry serves as Music Director of The Patrick G. and Shirley W. Ryan Opera Center at Lyric Opera of Chicago after having served for eleven seasons at Lyric as Assistant Conductor. Previously, he served as Assistant Conductor at the Metropolitan Opera after joining its Lindemann Young Artist Development Program. Terry has performed with such esteemed vocalists as Jamie Barton, Stephanie Blythe, Christine Brewer, Lawrence Brownlee, Nicole Cabell, Sasha Cooke, Eric Cutler, Danielle de Niese, Joyce DiDonato, Giuseppe Filianoti, Renée Fleming, Susan Graham, Denyce Graves, Bryan Hymel, Brian Jagde, Joseph Kaiser, Quinn Kelsey, Kate Lindsey, Ana María Martínez, Eric Owens, Ailyn Perez, Nicholas Phan, Susanna Phillips, Luca Pisaroni, Patricia Racette, Hugh Russell, Bo Skovhus, Garrett Sorenson, Heidi Stober, Christian Van Horn, Amber Wagner, Laura Wilde, and Catherine Wyn-Rogers. He has collaborated as a chamber musician with members of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, the Lyric Opera of Chicago Orchestra, the Gewandhaus Orchester, and the Pro Arte String Quartet.
Terry’s 2019-2020 season recital performance schedule includes more than forty concerts in North America and Europe, with artists including Stephanie Blythe, Christine Brewer, Lawrence Brownlee, Joyce DiDonato, Jonathan Johnson, Ana María Martínez, Patricia Racette, Hugh Russell, Christian Van Horn, and Laura Wilde. He is Artistic Director of “Beyond the Aria,” a highly acclaimed recital series now in its sixth sold-out season, presented by the Harris Theater in collaboration with the Ryan Opera Center and Lyric Unlimited. Terry’s discography includes four recently released recordings: “Diva on Detour” with Patricia Racette, “As Long As There Are Songs” with Stephanie Blythe, and “Chanson d’Avril” with Nicole Cabell. His latest recording project with Joyce DiDonato, “Songplay,” was released by Warner Classics in February 2019.
Terry hails from Tullahoma, Tennessee, received a Bachelor of Music degree in Music Education from Tennessee Technological University, continued his studies at Florida State University and received a Masters of Music in Collaborative Piano from the Manhattan School of Music where he was a student of pianist Warren Jones.