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.

“A Handel Celebration” at the Hollywood Bowl

12779229_10153273295232385_6674091334131698994_oSusan Graham reunites with Nicholas McGegan on Tuesday, August 16 for an evening of Handel favorites at the Hollywood Bowl, joined by the Los Angeles Philharmonic and Los Angeles Master Chorale. She sings two arias fromAriodante — “Scherza infida” and “Dopo notte” — as well as “Ombra mai fu” and “Se bramate” from Xerxes. The program is rounded out by performances by the orchestra and choir of excerpts from Zadok the Priest, Music for the Royal Fireworks, Water MusicSolomon, Samson, and Messiah.

Find tickets and more information here.