Zulema ( Germany )
‘Il Tabarro’ Opera from Patricia Racette – Zulema’s goosebump moment
“Hello, my name is Zulema, I’m living in Germany. My biggest goosebump moment was a couple of months ago. I was singing in Toronto. I’m an opera singer, and it was my very first leading role in an opera, it was the ‘Il Tabarro’ opera. I was there, singing, on the stage standing up, and then all the previous parts of the opera made sense. I became in a big box of strong feelings, and I found myself transmitting all these feelings through the concert hall. Then I realized that all the biggest sopranos that I had seen on YouTube or in theaters felt this which I was feeling right then. It was really magical!”
Historic Performance in ‘Il Tabarro’
Patricia Racette’s voice is one that can pierce through the soul and leave an audience feeling overwhelmed with emotion. She had played all three of the leading soprano roles in Puccini’s one-act trilogy, but her performance in ‘Il Tabarro’ was truly unforgettable.
This role was a stark contrast to her other two roles in ‘Gianni Schicchi’ and ‘Suor Angelica’. In ‘Il Tabarro’, Racette played the character Giorgetta, a woman trapped in a loveless marriage and fighting for her own emotional survival in a cruel world.
The first scene of ‘Il Tabarro’ already sets the somber and eerie tone for what is to come. Racette enters and sings “Si. Mi chiamano Mimi” – a famous aria from Puccini’s ‘La Boheme’.
However, the transformation from the bubbly and sweet Mimi to the struggling and defiant Giorgetta that Racette portrays is astounding. Her voice evokes the dramatic and emotional angst of the character, and her acting is so precise and natural, an audience can feel Giorgetta’s desperation.
The duet with Luigi, “Hai ben ragione,” is another moment where Racette’s talent is on full display. The scene is charged with sexual tension and the sense that something is about to snap.
Racette’s singing brings the tension, but also the pain and vulnerability of the character. It is in that moment where she solidifies the character of Giorgetta and sets the expectations for what one would consider a virtuosic soprano performance.
The ending of the opera brings forth the climax of the story and Racette’s emotional performance. Giorgetta learns that her lover, Luigi, has been murdered and that her husband had been the one to kill him. In her final moments, Racette brings forth the pain, loss, and utter hopelessness the character feels. The haunting quality of her performance and voice in “Ei com’è morto” is what cements the performance as one for the ages.
More About the ‘Il Tabarro’ Opera from Patricia Racette:
- Soprano Patricia Racette | Official Website
- Patricia Racette – Wikipedia
- Patricia Racette | Biography, Opera, & Facts | Britannica