On October 2, Susan joins Deborah Voigt, Nicholas Phan, and others at San Francisco’s iconic Grace Cathedral for a special benefit concert for the Holy Trinity Music School in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. In January 2010, the Holy Trinity Music School was destroyed by a massive earthquake in one of the most devastating natural disasters in modern times. Proceeds from this performance will go towards rebuilding the Holy Trinity Music School. Click here to learn more about Sing With Haiti.
Susan to Sing With Haiti
Susan Graham is “spectacular as Grand Duchess”
This week Susan Graham made her title role debut in Santa Fe Opera’s new production of The Grand Duchess of Gerolstein. In its reviews of Graham’s portrayal of the sultry, overindulged aristocrat with an eye for Fritz, a cadet at the local military academy, the New York Times stated, “Ms. Graham dominates (in every sense) and sings with her usual richness” and the Santa Fe New Mexican exclaimed, “Her stylish rendition of the Act II aria “Dites-lui” was the musical highpoint of the production, displaying a broad dynamic spectrum, expressive articulation and a spectacular voice that is both velvety and penetrating.” Find tickets and program information here.
Susan returns to Santa Fe Opera in Offenbach’s comic masterpiece
After the success of her star turn in La belle Hélène in 2002, Susan will return to her beloved Santa Fe Opera in another Offenbach role debut. For the first time in 34 years, the company is mounting a new production of The Grand Duchess of Gerolstein, which opens on June 28 for ten performances through August 24. The mezzo, who has been awarded the French government’s “Chevalier de la Légion d’honneur” for her achievements in French repertoire, will undertake the title role.
Heading a strong supporting cast, American tenor Paul Appleby – a Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions winner – will play the object of her affections, in a love triangle completed by soprano Anya Matanovic. Lee Blakely will direct, with another noted French repertory specialist, Maestro Emmanuel Villaume, on the podium. Check out more details about the production here.
Susan honored at Orchestra of St. Luke’s Gift of Music gala
The Orchestra of St. Luke’s (OSL) held its annual Gift of Music gala at The Plaza on May 6, to benefit OSL’s concerts and Community & Education programs, as well as the DiMenna Center for Classical Music. OSL honored Susan, who is also an OSL board member, and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation’s President Emeritus Don M. Randel. David Hyde Pierce hosted the evening at The Plaza’s Grand Ballroom. Principal Conductor Pablo Heras-Casado led the orchestra in works by Mozart, Fauré, and Rameau, with soloists Ying Fang and Paul Appleby.