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.

Coming in 2017: Philadelphia Orchestra, Washington National Opera, Metropolitan Opera, & More

Susan GrahamIn January of 2017, Susan Graham joins the Philadelphia Orchestra and Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin to sing selections from Canteloube’s Chants d’Auvergne in an all-French concert during the orchestra’s “Paris Festival”. The following month, she makes her role debut as Mrs. De Rocher in Washington National Opera’s revival of Jake Heggie’s Dead Man Walking. Susan created the role of Sister Helen Prejean in the world premiere production at San Francisco Opera in 2000, when 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 May, Susan joins a cast of the world’s greatest opera luminaries to celebrate the Metropolitan Opera House’s 50th anniversary. She later returns to Santa Fe Opera in the plum “trouser” role of Prince Orlofsky, in the company’s first new production in 25 years of Johann Strauss II’s Die Fledermaus, which she also sang at the Met last season.

Also in concert, Susan performs selections from Mahler’s Des Knaben Wunderhorn with the Met Orchestra and Esa-Pekka Salonen in Carnegie Hall; and Berlioz’s La mort de Cléopâtre with the San Antonio Symphony. In recital, she reunites with regular partner Malcolm Martineau for accounts of “Frauenliebe und -leben: Variations,” her wide-ranging program inspired by and centered on Schumann’s iconic song cycle, in Santa Barbara, Baltimore, and Portland, Oregon.

View Susan’s upcoming engagements on her schedule.

Mahler 2 with the Orchestra and Choir of the Teatro Real

untitled-design-22Susan Graham joins the Orchestra and Choir of the Teatro Real, conductor Pinchas Sternberg, and soprano Sofia Fomina as soloist in a one-night only performance of Mahler’s Symphony No. 2, “Resurrection” at Spain’s majestic Catedral de Toledo.

Find information and tickets here to this event on Saturday, October 8.

In Concert with Renée Fleming and the San Francisco and Boston Symphonies

Susan website photoSusan Graham joins her long-time friend and collaborator Renée Fleming to headline two season-opening events this fall with major American orchestras.

On September 7, she stars in the San Francisco Symphony’s Opening Night Gala at Davies Symphony Hall, performing a selection of American and Italian duets alongside Renée under the direction of Michael Tilson Thomas. Several weeks later, Susan and Renée reprise their acclaimed pairing as Octavian and the Marschallin in Richard Strauss’s Der Rosenkavalier, presented in concert to open the Boston Symphony Orchestra’s  2016-17 season. Andris Nelsons conducts a cast that also includes Erin Morley as Sophie, Franz Hawlata as Baron Ochs, and Steven Costello as the Italian Singer. Watch a video excerpt here of Susan and Renée’s performance in Der Rosenkavalier at the Metropolitan Opera, described by the Associated Press as “some rare alignment of planets.” Find more information here about Der Rosenkavalier at Boston Symphony Hall on October 1.