Superb soprano Racette soars in Ravin...

Superb soprano Racette soars in Ravinia 'Butterfly'

There are 4 comments on the Chicago Tribune story from Aug 12, 2007, titled Superb soprano Racette soars in Ravinia 'Butterfly'. In it, Chicago Tribune reports that:

It requires a consummate singing actress to transform the concert platform of the Ravinia pavilion into a fully believable operatic stage.

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Gabriel McLoughlin


#1 Aug 13, 2007
Ms Racette is a supreme artist with a wonderful singing voice. I had the pleasure of hearing her in person in the Met. Opera, New York, 2 year's ago and I have been closely following her career since then.

Her place in the operatic world is well and truly secured.
Roy Schreiber

Kendallville, IN

#2 Aug 13, 2007
The review of Ravinia's "Buttefly" left out one rather important problem in the first act. The microphones that both the tenor and the baritone used gave their voices a problematic and rather annoying fuzziness. For whatever reasons, the sopranos did not have the same problem. In the second act they corrected the problems and both gentleman, especially the baritone, came through with force and clarity. Too bad for the tenor, who has very little to do in the second act.

Schaumburg, IL

#3 Aug 13, 2007

Nice folks, all, I'm sure, but the Apollo Chorus at Ravinia? An amateur group in a supposed professional venue? What is Conlon thinking? Or Kaufman? I thought people went to Ravinia to see professionals.

In other words, was the Chicago Symphony Chorus booked?

Glad I didn't buy a ticket.
Bruce Nelson

La Porte, IN

#4 Aug 14, 2007
Perhaps you should wait to knock a group until you have heard them. The Apollo Chorus is not your neighborhood sing along. Under the leadership of Stephen Alltop, it has become a quality group with the highest vocal standards. While Ravinia may be saving money by engaging the Apollo Chorus instead of the CSO Chorus, it has not lost quality. Apollo has sung at Ravinia 5 of the past 6 years and Conlon would not countenance a loss of quality, especially with such an expensive and expansive task as Butterfly. Your not buying a ticket is your loss.

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