Soprano Patricia Racette at the Met

Patricia Racette as Maddalena in "Andrea Chénier" at the Metropolitan Opera

Soprano Patricia Racette, discusses playing the role of Maddalena in "Andrea Chénier" at the Metropolitan Opera. The opera is about a real 19th-century French poet who was executed in the revolution. Maddalena, the female lead, is a wealthy, spoiled girl who is so changed by the revolution that in the end she volunteers to go to the guillotine with Andrea, the man she loves.