Role debut in Dead Man Walking at Washington National Opera

Susan Graham_2Next month, Susan Graham returns to Jake Heggie and Terrence McNally’s Dead Man Walking with Washington National Opera’s revival of the modern operatic classic, singing a new role in a work she helped to create.

When the American mezzo-soprano created the role of Sister Helen Prejean in the work’s world premiere at San Francisco Opera in 2000, the Los Angeles Times reported that she “brought not just the ravishing beauty of her mezzo-soprano to Sister Helen but seemed to glow onstage.”

In WNO’s new production helmed by Francesca Zambello, Susan makes her role debut as Mrs. De Rocher. She stars opposite Kate Lindsey as Sister Helen Prejean, as well as Michael Mayes as Joseph De Rocher, Jacqueline Echols as Sister Rose, and Wayne Tigges as Owen Hart.

Michael Christie conducts performances, which take place on February 25 and 27, and March 3, 5, 8, and 11 at the Kennedy Center Opera House. Click here for more information.

Chants d’Auvergne with the Philadelphia Orchestra and Yannick Nézet-Séguin

Susan GrahamTo kick off the new year, Susan Graham joins the Philadelphia Orchestra and Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin for selections from Canteloube’s Chants d’Auvergne as part of an all-French concert during the orchestra’s Paris Festival.

The program also draws in works from Chabrier, Fauré, Saint-Saëns, Ravel, and Schmitt.

Click here for more information and tickets for these performances at the Kimmel center on January 12, 13, and 14.

Lulu Now Available on DVD and Blu-ray

untitled-design-33Susan Graham’s “poignant” (Financial Times) interpretation of Countess Geschwitz in Alben Berg’s Lulu is now available to own on DVD/Blu-ray from Nonesuch Records. The Met’s 2015 staging, directed by acclaimed South African visual artist William Kentridge and conducted by Lothar Koenigs, also features Marlis Petersen in the title role alongside Daniel Brenna, Paul Groves, and Johan Reuter. Watch the Metropolitan Opera’s trailer of the production here.

“She distinguished herself with her burnished warm sound from the very first notes,” praised the Washington Post of Susan’s performance — her debut in the role — and “sang so radiantly [she] made Berg’s spiky music sound downright romantic” (New York Observer). As the cunning admirer of the eponymous femme fatale Susan “was luxurious casting, singing her final scene with rare eloquence and great depth of feeling,” noted Operavore, and “[balanced] fragile dignity and poignant neediness in her performance (New York Times). 

Get Lulu now from Amazon or the Nonesuch Store.

Susan Graham to Step in as Dido in Lyric Opera’s Les Troyens

12079626_10153681319304161_2324613580424755826_nIt has been announced that Susan Graham will join the cast of the Lyric Opera of Chicago’s new staging of Les Troyens, Hector Berlioz’s grand operatic retelling of Virgil’s Aeneid, to reprise her signature role of Dido. Sir Andrew Davis conducts a cast that also includes Christine Goerke as Cassandra and Brandon Jovanovich as Aeneas, with performances on November 13, 17, 21, and 26 as well as December 3. The new production is directed by Tim Albery, with set and costume designs by Tobias Hoheisel, lighting designs by David Finn, and projection designs by Illumines.

Two seasons ago, when the Met broadcast a revival of Les Troyens to cinema audiences worldwide as part of the company’s Live in HD series, “The big news is mezzo-soprano Susan Graham…” the New York Times said, “whose portrayal is sumptuous, regal and impassioned.” The Associated Press has declared Susan’s “the ideal voice for Berlioz – a mezzo with a dark richness that blossoms into lush soprano-like tones.”

The opening performance of Les Troyens will be recorded for delayed broadcast on WFMT on Tuesday, November 15 beginning at 7:15pm Central. Find tickets and more information here.