Susan Graham reunites with Nicholas McGegan on Tuesday, August 16 for an evening of Handel favorites at the Hollywood Bowl, joined by the Los Angeles Philharmonic and Los Angeles Master Chorale. She sings two arias fromAriodante — “Scherza infida” and “Dopo notte” — as well as “Ombra mai fu” and “Se bramate” from Xerxes. The program is rounded out by performances by the orchestra and choir of excerpts from Zadok the Priest, Music for the Royal Fireworks, Water Music, Solomon, Samson, and Messiah.
“A Handel Celebration” at the Hollywood Bowl
Role Debut as Clairon in Strauss’s Capriccio at Santa Fe Opera
Susan returns to Santa Fe Opera for her debut performances as the actress Clairon in Capriccio, Richard Strauss’s “Conversation Piece for Music”, under the baton of Leo Hussain and the direction of Tim Albery. Amanda Majeski sings the role of the sophisticated Countess Madeleine; her suitors Flamand and Olivier are sung by Ben Bliss and Joshua Hopkins, respectively. Bass-baritone David Govertsen portrays the theater director La Roche.
Performances take place on July 23 and 27 as well as August 5, 11, and 19. Find tickets and more information here.
Frauenliebe und -leben: Variations in Bordeaux and Madrid
Susan Graham returns to Europe in June with Frauenliebe und -leben: Variations, her recital program centered around Schumann’s song cycle Frauenliebe und -leben (A Woman’s Love and Life). With pianist Malcolm Martineau, she performs at the Opéra National de Bordeaux on Tuesday, June 7, followed by an evening at Madrid’s Teatro Real on Saturday, June 11.
Frauenliebe und -leben: Variations augments each song from Schumann’s cycle — which tells a story of love, marriage, and death — with related works by Grieg, Strauss, Fauré, Mahler, Ravel, Debussy, Tchaikovsky, Poulenc, and others, expanding thematically upon the celebrated collection. Find more information on Susan’s tour schedule.
La Mort de Cléopâtre with the San Francisco Symphony
Susan Graham joins Michael Tilson Thomas and the San Francisco Symphony for a special presentation of Berlioz’s La Mort de Cléopâtre, a signature work that Susan previously recorded with Sir Simon Rattle and the Berlin Philharmonic. It was in concert with Michael Tilson Thomas and the San Francisco Symphony that the San Francisco Classical Voice described Susan as “characteristically poised and radiant,” singing with “full, lustrous tone, regal bearing, and keen sensitivity,” while “conducted with great sensitivity by Tilson Thomas.”
Find tickets here to this program — which also includes Brahms’s Variations on a Theme by Haydn and Schumann’s tumultuous Symphony No. 4 — Thursday, May 19 through Sunday, May 22 at Davies Symphony Hall.