The internationally renowned soprano Patricia Racette, will receive an Honorary Doctorate from the San Francisco Conservatory on Monday, May 19 at its 2017 commencement.
In January, Racette visited SFCM where she held an event with voice students and spoke to them about different aspects of vocal performance that ranged from technique and health to repertoire and interpretation.
Racette is one of the most sought-after sopranos in the world singing at the Metropolitan Opera and the Royal Opera House among other theaters. She has also received the prized Richard Tucker Award and the “Opera News” Award, Marian Anderson award, and Merola Distinguished Alumni Award. The soprano has won acclaim for her Puccini heroines and recently garnered immense acclaim for her work in Strauss “Salome.” She is also recognized for her roles in contemporary operas by composers Tobias Pick, Paul Moravec, and Carlisle Floyd.
Along with performing around the globe, she takes pride in conducting her master classes and workshops regularly to help the future of opera grow.
Every year SFCM gives an artist of exceptional merit an honorary doctorate. The tradition began in 1974 and the first recipient of the award was violinist Isaac Stern, a conservatory alumnus. Michael Tilson Thomas, Marilyn Horne and Leon Fleisher were also recipients in past years. Last year pianist Garrick Ohlsson received the honorary doctorate.