Susan Graham’s “poignant” (Financial Times) interpretation of Countess Geschwitz in Alben Berg’s Lulu is now available to own on DVD/Blu-ray from Nonesuch Records. The Met’s 2015 staging, directed by acclaimed South African visual artist William Kentridge and conducted by Lothar Koenigs, also features Marlis Petersen in the title role alongside Daniel Brenna, Paul Groves, and Johan Reuter. Watch the Metropolitan Opera’s trailer of the production here.
“She distinguished herself with her burnished warm sound from the very first notes,” praised the Washington Post of Susan’s performance — her debut in the role — and “sang so radiantly [she] made Berg’s spiky music sound downright romantic” (New York Observer). As the cunning admirer of the eponymous femme fatale Susan “was luxurious casting, singing her final scene with rare eloquence and great depth of feeling,” noted Operavore, and “[balanced] fragile dignity and poignant neediness in her performance (New York Times).