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The Enchanted Island opens tonight at the Metropolitan Opera

250px-Metropolitan_Opera_House_At_Lincoln_Center_2Heading an all-star cast featuring Plácido Domingo and David Daniels at the Metropolitan Opera, Susan gives her first performance as Sycorax tonight in Jeremy Sams’s hit Baroque pastiche, The Enchanted Island (Feb 26-March 20).

The Enchanted Island brings together music by Handel, Vivaldi, Rameau, Purcell and their lesser-known contemporaries, in a Shakespearean fantasy based on a new English libretto inspired by The Tempest and A Midsummer Night’s Dream. At its premiere, the New York Times pronounced The Enchanted Island a “clever and touching pastiche” and praised its “remarkable integrity and consistency,” while the UK’s Telegraph called it “a perfect storm of brilliance.” Graham will undertake the lead role of Sycorax, Caliban’s witch mother. Graham is no stranger to Baroque coloratura, with her triumphs as Handel’s protagonists already well documented. In the title role of Handel’s Xerxes at San Francisco Opera, “hers was a commanding performance,” according to the San Jose Mercury News, while San Francisco Classical Voice praised her singing for its “vocal majesty and vigor.” Click here for a full list of upcoming performances.

Susan tours Europe with Ensemble InterContemporain, joins Boston Symphony for Ravel at Carnegie, and stars in The Enchanted Island at the Met

Screen Shot 2014-01-09 at 11.11.17 AMGrammy-winning mezzo-soprano Susan Graham kicks off her New Year by going on a European tour with France’s great Ensemble InterContemporain under Pablo Heras-Casado. The tour includes performances at Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw (Jan 11) and Paris’s Cité de la Musique (Jan 14), as well as in Antwerp (Jan 16). Susan will be singing two masterpieces of late Romanticism: Mahler’s first song cycle, Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen, and the “Lied der Waldtaube” from Schoenberg’s epic cantata, Gurrelieder. Graham – who has won the Opera News Award and been named Musical America Vocalist of the Year – will be seen on national TV in the U.S. before she goes on tour in Europe: On January 10 at 9:00 p.m. EST, PBS’s Live at Lincoln Center will broadcast the all-star “Richard Tucker at 100: An Opera Celebration” gala held recently at Lincoln Center’s Avery Fisher Hall, where the mezzo was featured in a lineup of today’s greatest singers. Following that broadcast, Graham – recognized on both sides of the Atlantic as one of the foremost exponents of French vocal music and a recipient of the French government’s prestigious honorific Chevalier de la Légion d’honneur – joins Bernard Haitink and the Boston Symphony for performances of Ravel’s orchestral song cycle Shéhérazade at Boston’s Symphony Hall (Jan 30–Feb 1) and Carnegie Hall (Feb 12). Then heading an all-star cast featuring Plácido Domingo and David Daniels at the Metropolitan Opera, Graham gives her first performances as Sycorax in Jeremy Sams’s hit Baroque pastiche, The Enchanted Island (Feb 26-March 20). Click here for a full list of upcoming performances.

Susan returns to the Met this winter in The Enchanted Island

Met logoFollowing a festive fall that included a role debut as Prince Orlofsky in Houston Grand Opera’s Die Fledermaus and performances at the Richard Tucker Gala and New York Public Radio annual gala, Susan returns to New York this winter for her second role debut of the season in a revival of The Enchanted Island by Jeremy Sams at the Metropolitan Opera. Bringing together the music of Handel, Vivaldi, Rameau, Purcell, and their lesser-known contemporaries, Sams’s Baroque fantasy is set to a new English libretto inspired by The Tempest and A Midsummer Night’s Dream. At the production’s premiere, the New York Times pronounced The Enchanted Island a “clever and touching pastiche,” and praised its “remarkable integrity and consistency,” while the UK’s Telegraph called it “a perfect storm of brilliance.” Graham will undertake the lead role of Sycorax, Caliban’s witch mother, alongside David Daniels, Danielle de Niese, and Plácido Domingo, who respectively reprise the roles of Prospero, Ariel, and Neptune (Feb 26–March 20).

In 2013-14, Susan headlines in role debuts at HGO, Met, and Châtelet; joins Boston Symphony at Carnegie Hall; hosts WQXR/NYPR Gala; and tours

Susan website photoSusan – winner of a Grammy, an Opera News Award, Musical America’s Vocalist of the Year, and hailed by the New York Times as “an artist to treasure” – returns for another compelling season, highlighted by three role debuts. As Houston Grand Opera’s 2013-14 Lynn Wyatt Great Artist, she undertakes Prince Orlofsky in the company’s first staging of Die Fledermaus in 30 years. Then, heading an all-star cast featuring Plácido Domingo and David Daniels at the Metropolitan Opera, she gives her first performances as Sycorax in Jeremy Sams’s surprise hit Baroque pastiche, The Enchanted Island. To conclude the season, she sings her first Anna in Rodgers & Hammerstein’s musical comedy The King and I at the Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris. On the concert stage, Graham joins Bernard Haitink and the Boston Symphony for Ravel at Carnegie Hall and Symphony Hall, and pairs Schoenberg and Mahler on a European tour with Pablo Heras-Casado and the Ensemble InterContemporain. After launching the season alongside Deborah Voigt at a special Sing With Haiti benefit concert in San Francisco, Graham co-hosts the prestigious 2013 WQXR/New York Public Radio Gala, and embarks on a tour with pianist Bradley Moore that kicks off with her Kimmel Center recital debut in Philadelphia. Click here for a full list of Susan’s upcoming performances.

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