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SUSAN
GRAHAM

MEZZO-SOPRANO

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Susan Graham – hailed as “an artist to treasure” by the New York Times – rose to the highest echelon of international performers within just a few years of her professional debut, mastering an astonishing range of repertoire and genres along the way.

Her operatic roles span four centuries, from Monteverdi’s Poppea to Sister Helen Prejean in Jake Heggie’s Dead Man Walking, which was written especially for her. Among her numerous honors are a Grammy Award for her collection of Ives songs, Musical America’s Vocalist of the Year, and an Opera News Award. As one of the foremost exponents of French vocal music, she has been recognized with the French government’s “Chevalier de la Légion d’Honneur.”

To launch the 2018-19 season, Graham reunites with Andris Nelsons and the Boston Symphony to reprise their celebrated account of Mahler’s Third Symphony at London’s BBC Proms and in Berlin, Leipzig, Vienna, Lucerne, and Paris. Back in the States, she makes her role debut as Humperdinck’s Witch in Doug Fitch’s treatment of Hansel and Gretel at LA Opera, returns to Carnegie Hall for Mozart’s Requiem and Haydn’s “Nelson Mass” with the Orchestra of St. Luke’s, and revisits her signature interpretation of Berlioz’s Les nuits d’été with the Houston Symphony. Inspired by the Schumann song cycle, her “Frauenliebe und -leben Variations” program is the vehicle for upcoming U.S. recital dates.

Graham’s earliest operatic successes were in such trouser roles as Cherubino in Mozart’s Le nozzedi Figaro. Her technical expertise soon brought mastery of more virtuosic parts, and she went on to triumph as Octavian in Richard Strauss’s Der Rosenkavalier and the Composer inhis Ariadne auf Naxos. She sang the leading ladies in the Metropolitan Opera’s world premieres of John Harbison’s The Great Gatsby and Tobias Picker’s An American Tragedy, and made her musical theater debut in Rodgers & Hammerstein’s The King and I at the Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris. In concert, she makes regular appearances with the world’s foremost orchestras, often in French repertoire, while her distinguished discography comprises a wealth of opera, orchestral, and solo recordings. Gramophone magazine has dubbed her “America’s favorite mezzo.”

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