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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.

Susan to Sing With Haiti

ball dresses nzOn 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 Graham is “spectacular as Grand Duchess”

formal bridesmaid dressesThis 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

Grand Duchess of Gerolstein logoAfter 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.

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