26 April 2017

Soprano Patricia Racette to Make Debut as Stage Director with Opera Theatre of Saint Louis's New La Traviata in 2018

SOPRANO PATRICIA RACETTE will make her debut as a stage director in May 2018, when she will direct a new production of La Traviata at Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, the company announced today. 

The production will feature soprano Sydney Mancasola and tenor Geoffrey Agpalo as Violetta and Alfredo, and Joo Wan Kang will make his company debut as Germont. Christopher Allen will conduct the performances. The production will feature sets by Laura Jellinek, costumes by Kaye Voyce, and lighting by Christopher Ackerlind.

“For me, La Traviata in its purest form is a story encompassing the tumults of love marked by beauty, passion, and sacrifice alongside the ever-present struggle to maintain honor and true nobility of character," Racette said in a statement issued today by OTSL. "I so look forward to collaborating and discovering what each one of these talented young singers has to say as they reveal their unique imprints on this indelible and timeless story." 

The production will be something of a return to the company for Racette, who appeared as Donna Anna and Iphigenia in OTSL's productions of Don Giovanni and Iphigenia in Tauris in the early '90s. 

Racette has recently performed the title role in Salome at the Metropolitan Opera, Los Angeles Opera, and Pittsburgh Opera. She also made her role debut in Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk with the English National Opera, and has sung the role of Giorgetta in performances of Il Tabarro at the Royal Opera, Covent Garden and Rome Opera, and, last season, she sang the role of Minnie in performances of La Fanciulla del West at Santa Fe Opera. spacer 

More information can be found at Opera Theatre of Saint Louis.   

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