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Frauenliebe und -leben: Variations in Bordeaux and Madrid

271-Susan-Graham-Onyx-jul12-c-B-Ealovega_NEW--300x224Susan 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

http://www.lunss.com/formal-dresses/evening-dressesSusan 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.

Touring Frauenliebe und -leben: Variations in the United States

Susan GrahamSusan Graham brings “Frauenliebe und -leben: Variations” — her recital program centered around Schumann’s song cycle Frauenliebe und -leben (A Woman’s Love and Life) — to the Northeastern and Midwestern United States this spring, touring with pianist Bradley Moore. A performance at Amherst College on April 24 is followed by a stop at New England Conservatory for the Celebrity Series of Boston on April 29. Susan then appears at the Gilmore in Kalamazoo, Michigan on May 2 under the auspices of the Gilmore International Keyboard Festival. The series concludes on May 26 at the Baldwin Wallace University Art Song Festival.

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 iconic work.

Purcell and Britten at Carnegie Hall with the Orchestra of St. Luke’s

Untitled design (7)Susan Graham takes the stage in Carnegie Hall’s Stern Auditorium with Nicholas McGegan and the Orchestra of St. Luke’s on Thursday, April 7, highlighting two composers with a flair for the theatrical and with exceptional skill in setting the English language. She sings three works by Purcell: “Bess of Bedlam” from Silent Shades, “Music for a While” — originally composed as incidental music for Oedipus — and “Dido’s Lament” from Dido and Aeneas. Britten’s Phaedra follows, a modern take on the Baroque cantata tradition set to text from Robert Lowell’s translation of Racine’s Phèdre. The program is bookended by two late Haydn symphonies: Nos. 75 and 98. Find tickets and more information here.

On Wednesday, April 6, Susan joins Nicholas McGegan and the orchestra at the DiMenna Center for Classical Music for a discussion and concert preview, free for ticketholders.

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