This summer, Grammy Award-winning mezzo-soprano Susan Graham returns to San Francisco Opera to reprise her signature role of Dido in Berlioz’s epic Les Troyens (June 7-July 1). The Associated Press has declared Graham’s “the ideal voice for Berlioz – a mezzo with a dark richness that blossoms into lush soprano-like tones.” The singer will be starring in San Francisco Opera’s premiere presentation of the David McVicar production, hailed at its Covent Garden debut as “a major event” by The Guardian. Graham will perform alongside Bryan Hymel as Aeneas, with Donald Runnicles conducting. Two seasons ago, when the Met broadcast a starry revival of Les Troyens to cinema audiences worldwide in the company’s hit Live in HD series, Graham was widely acknowledged as its standout star. The New York Times said: “The big news is mezzo-soprano Susan Graham… whose portrayal is sumptuous, regal and impassioned.”
Susan reprises her signature Dido in Les Troyens for San Francisco Opera
Classical Action recital next Thursday
On April 2, Susan will reunite with frequent collaborator and friend pianist Malcolm Martineau for a special, intimate New York performance. The recital, part of the Michael Palm Series for Classical Action: Performing Arts Against AIDS, will feature fan favorites as well as new songs recently added to Susan’s repertoire.
Founded in 1993, Classical Action: Performing Arts Against AIDS draws upon the talents, resources, and generosity of the classical, opera, and jazz communities to raise money from those battling HIV/AIDS and other critical illnesses.
Tickets may be purchased online at classicalaction.org or by calling 212-997-7717.
Susan nominated for International Opera Award
Susan has been nominated for an International Opera Award in the Readers’ Choice category. The winners will be announced at the awards ceremony on April 26, 2015 at The Savoy Theatre in London. Vote for “America’s favorite mezzo” (Gramophone magazine) here.
Susan rings in the holidays this week with the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal
Tomorrow night, Susan joins the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal and Kent Nagano for a special holiday program titled “Christmas with Kent Nagano.” The program, which will be repeated on December 18, will include such holiday classics as Rimsky-Korsakov’s Christmas Eve Suite, excerpts from Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker, and The Twelve Days of Christmas. The evening will also feature performances by tenor Michael Fabiano and organist Luc Beauséjour. Visit Susan’s schedule for a full list of upcoming performances.