Donna Racik is an assistant conductor, vocal coach and prompter at the Metropolitan Opera. In her more than 30 years with the company she has had the privilege of working with some of the world’s greatest singers, including Marilyn Horne, Renée Fleming, Luciano Pavarotti and Plácido Domingo, to name a few. She has collaborated on more than 80 operas at the Met, including the 2020 Grammy award production of Porgy and Bess. Racik has worked under many well-known conductors such as James Levine, Fabio Luisi, and Yannick Nézet-Séguin. Racik’s wealth of knowledge, heart-centered connection and deep enthusiasm has sustained artists and motivated students she has coached in master classes at Juilliard, Manhattan School of Music and the University of North Texas.
Racik is a trail blazer in melding her understanding of human energy systems and musical coaching. She brings these worlds together to address issues like performance anxiety, stress related habits and distraction/concentration—anything that blocks the performers from their true authentic selves. Racik trains performers on how to free their energy, guiding them to find their full musical expression. Racik is looking forward to opening the Met season in September with the historic opening night production of “Fire Shut Up in My Bones”.