|About Susan Graham|
|"Throughout [her recording of French operetta arias], Ms. Graham entertains herself and the listener royally with light gems that are by turns wistful, coquettish, coltish, glamorous and moody," wrote Matthew Gurewitsch in the New York Times of June 23, 2002.
I was not pleased with the recording myself. I feel that the material calls for a different, non-operatic voice.
|Susan Graham, an opera singer from Midland, Texas - the town where George W. Bush spent part of his youth - sang at the White House after the state dinner for the President of the Philippines on May 19, 2003. Brian Zeger accompanied her on the piano. The program consisted of "Voi che sapete" from Mozart's opera Le Nozze di Figaro, three songs of Ned Rorem ("I strolled across an open field," "Early in the morning," and "Driver, what street is it?"), two songs of Aaron Copland (settings of poems of Emily Dickinson "Why do they shut me out of heaven?" and "Heart, we will forget him"), three songs of George Gershwin ("Summertime" from the opera Porgy and Bess, "Someone to watch over me," and "Fascinating rhythm"), and concluded with the song "Bless This House," which, according to the Washington Times, is a 1927 Christian hymn by Helen Taylor and Mary Brahe.|
|Susan "Graham's commanding performance as [Hélène] is everything one would expect from one of the world's reigning mezzo-sopranos, and she is perfectly balanced by [William] Burden, a tenor who has operatic star written all over him."--from a review by Kyle MacMillan at denverpost.com of a performance of Offenbach's La Belle Hélène at Santa Fe, New Mexico.|
|Review at nycoperafanatic.com of Susan Graham performance with Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra, New York, August 8, 2003|
|The compact disc Susan Graham--Carnegie Hall Debut was released at amazon.co.uk on 20 October 2003.|
|"Ms. Graham's lament, 'When I Am Laid in Earth,' is as wrenching an account as you'll find on disc," wrote Allan Kozinn in the New York Times of March 7, 2004, in a review of a recording of Dido and Aeneas. The recording can be ordered from amazon.com.|
Some 2007 engagements
San Francisco Opera: ``Iphigénie en Tauride'' by Gluck June 14-29, 2007, with mezzo-soprano Susan Graham, bass-baritone Bo Skovhus, tenor Paul Groves. Patrick Summers conducts, Robert Carsen directs.
10, 13, 25, 27, 29 September at 7:30 p.m.
16 September at 3 p.m.
Iphigenie en Tauride, Gluck, (New co-production), dir: Robert Carsen, cond: Ivor Bolton; Susan Graham, Simon Keenlyside, Paul Groves
Royal Opera, Covent Garden
November 4, 2007, New York
"Each November the [Richard Tucker Music] Foundation presents the Richard Tucker Gala at Avery Fisher Hall. The 2007 Gala, to be held on
November 4, will feature Renée Fleming, Bryn Terfel, Simon Keenlyside, Dolora Zajick, Marcello Giordani, Susan Graham, Diana Damrau, and Matthew Polenzani, among other artists. Maestro Asher Fisch
will conduct the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra."--playbillarts.com
November 27, December 1 mat, 5, 8 mat, 11, 14, 19, 22, 2007
IPHIGÉNIE EN TAURIDE
Metropolitan Opera, New York
Tuesday, February 26, 2008, at 8:00 p.m.
Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage
Carnegie Hall, New York
Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Pierre Boulez, Conductor
Susan Graham, Mezzo-Soprano
BERLIOZ Les Nuits d'été
STRAVINSKY Pétrouchka (1911 version)
May 3, 6, 10 mat, 15, 2008
Sesto in Mozart's La Clemenza di Tito, Metropolitan Opera, New York
Gluck - Iphigénie en Tauride / Susan Graham · Paul Groves · Thomas Hampson · Rouillon · Mozarteum · Bolton