Houston Grand Opera's 'Falstaff' features Bryn Terfel as the legendary 'Fat Knight," in Verdi's take on one of Shakespeare's most vivid characters.
Patricia Racette has appeared in a number of Houston Grand Opera productions, including the demanding title role in Janacek's Jenufa, as well as Alice Ford in Falstaff.
Bryn Terfel (Falstaff); Patricia Racette (Alice Ford); Angela Niederloh (Meg Page); Judith Christin (Mistress Quickly); Christine Brandes (Nannetta); Jesus Garcia (Fenton); Nicholas Phan (Bardolph); Joshua Winograde (Pistol); James Westman (Ford); Patrick Mauel (Robin); Chris Pirnie (Host of the Garter Inn)
Soprano Patricia Racette stars as Alice Ford and bass-baritone Bryn Terfel sings the title role in Verdi's Falstaff, from Houston's Wortham Theater Center.
Bryn Terfel was born in Wales in 1965 and won a Gold Medal when he was graduated from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in 1984.
Terfel made his operatic debut in 1990, at home in Wales with the Welsh National opera, singing major roles in two Mozart operas: Guglielmo in Cosi fan tutte and the title role in The Marriage of Figaro. Figaro has since become one of his signature roles, along with Verdi's Falstaff. He made his debut in the United States singing Figaro at the Santa Fe Opera.
Terfel is now one of opera's most versatile performers, having appeared with companies all over the world singing music as diverse as Mozart and Wagner, Puccini and Stravinsky, Verdi and Britten. Terfel's "crossover" hits include successful albums of show tunes by Rodgers and Hammerstein, and Lerner and Loewe.
Milestones in Terfel's operatic career include his debuts at Covent Garden and the Metropolitan, both as Figaro; his 2000 performance as Nick Shadow in a Grammy-winning recording of Stravinsky's The Rake's Progress; his 1997 La Scala debut, again as Figaro; and his debut as Wotan in Die Walkuere, part of Covent Garden's 2005 production of Wagner's The Ring of the Nibelungen.
Soprano (Alice Ford)
Patrica Racette was born in Manchester, New Hampshire, and won the Richard Tucker Award in 1998. She's been active in opera houses around the world, and across the United States. In the U.S. Racette has appeared with major companies on both coasts – the Metropolitan in New York and the San Francisco opera – and at the Houston Grand Opera and the Lyric Opera of Chicago. In Houston, along with her appearance as Alice in Falstaff, she played the title role in Janacek's Jenufa and the role of Love Simpson in Houston Grand Opera's world premiere production of Carlisle Floyd's Cold Sassy Tree — productions which have been featured by NPR on World of Opera.
Racette has also appeared at London's Royal Opera House, Covent Garden; the Paris National Opera, Milan's La Scala, the Vienna State Opera, the Welsh National Opera, and the Saito Kinen Festival.
In concert, Racette has performed with many of the world's leading orchestras, including the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and the San Francisco Symphony, and she recorded Zemlinsky's Der Traumgorge with James Conlon and the Cologne Philharmonic.