“Now at her vocal peak” (Philadelphia Inquirer), Susan Graham scored a fresh triumph this summer at the Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris, where, as Anna in a new production of The King and I, she made her first foray into musical theater since her student days. Now the Grammy Award-wining mezzo returns to the concert hall, launching the 2014-15 season under Edo de Waart in her Malaysian Philharmonic debut, and joining a trio of top orchestras – the London Symphony Orchestra, Royal Flemish Philharmonic, and John Eliot Gardiner’s Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique – for her signature Berlioz. Long recognized as one of the world’s foremost exponents of French music, Graham returns with Berlioz to the San Francisco Opera, revisiting her star turn as Didon in an original staging of Les Troyens, while for her return to the Metropolitan Opera she sings the title role in Susan Stroman’s new take on The Merry Widow. Ever “an artist to treasure” (New York Times), Graham looks forward to headlining gala concerts at Los Angeles Opera and Lyric Opera of Chicago, where she joins Jane Lynch, Renée Fleming, Ramsey Lewis, and other celebrities to honor the company’s 60th anniversary, and rounds out the season in company with her regular recital partner, pianist Malcolm Martineau, for a west coast tour and a season-closing appearance in Classical Action’s Michael Palm Series. Click here for a full list of upcoming engagements.
Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra debut this weekend
Susan Graham reigns as Anna in Rodgers & Hammerstein’s The King and I
Susan Graham has earned rave reviews for her portrayal of Anna in a new staging of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s The King and I at Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris. The New York Times raved, “Ms. Graham, the American mezzo-soprano, is close to perfection as Anna, exhibiting a proper degree of English reserve and condescension, but not haughtiness, in confronting the difficult social milieu in which she finds herself. She sings beautifully, with perfect intonation, crisp diction and unforced tone,” while Opera News noted, “Opera singers in musicals can be disappointing, with sophisticated vocal techniques getting in the way of direct expression. No such caveats applied to Graham whose performance was miraculously judged — a thread of golden sound bouncing off a crystal clear delivery of the text…Not only was the mezzo stylish in the vocal numbers, but her cut glass English accent and stiff backed determination as the straight laced governess took no prisoners.”
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Susan Graham stars in Rodgers & Hammerstein’s The King and I at the Théâtre du Châtelet (June 13-29)
Tonight, Susan Graham makes her final role debut of the season when she brings the role of Anna to life in a new production of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s beloved musical The King and I at Paris’s Théâtre du Châtelet. Susan will be co-starring with French film star and singer Lambert Wilson, under the direction of Lee Blakely and choreographer Peggy Hickey. It was with this same production team that Susan recently proved “spectacular” (Santa Fe New Mexican) in the title role of Offenbach’s The Grand Duchess of Gerolstein at Santa Fe Opera, where she headlined the company’s season-opening staging of the comic masterpiece. Click here for a list of upcoming appearances.
This Saturday, Susan is “Sculpting Sound” at the Metropolitan Museum of Art
Susan returns to New York City this Saturday to perform a special concert at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in the Grace Rainey Rodgers Auditorium. The program – titled “Sculpting Sound” and held in conjunction with the exhibition The Passions of Jean-Baptiste Carpeaux – will feature the music of the 19th-century French sculptor’s friends and collaborators, including Bizet, Gounod and more. Graham will be joined by pianist Brian Zeger (director of the Juilliard Vocal Arts Department), as well as by bass-baritone Evan Hughes and soprano Layla Claire. Click here for more information and to purchase tickets.