Susan Graham reigns as Anna in Rodgers & Hammerstein’s The King and I

Grape Short Sleeve V Neck Long Chiffon Bridesmaid DressSusan Graham has earned rave reviews for her portrayal of Anna in a new staging of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s The King and I at Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris. The New York Times raved, “Ms. Graham, the American mezzo-soprano, is close to perfection as Anna, exhibiting a proper degree of English reserve and condescension, but not haughtiness, in confronting the difficult social milieu in which she finds herself. She sings beautifully, with perfect intonation, crisp diction and unforced tone,” while Opera News noted, “Opera singers in musicals can be disappointing, with sophisticated vocal techniques getting in the way of direct expression. No such caveats applied to Graham whose performance was miraculously judged — a thread of golden sound bouncing off a crystal clear delivery of the text…Not only was the mezzo stylish in the vocal numbers, but her cut glass English accent and stiff backed determination as the straight laced governess took no prisoners.”

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Susan Graham stars in Rodgers & Hammerstein’s The King and I at the Théâtre du Châtelet (June 13-29)

V Neck Black Lace Applique Long Sheer Sleeves Blush Chiffon Prom DressTonight, Susan Graham makes her final role debut of the season when she brings the role of Anna to life in a new production of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s beloved musical The King and I at Paris’s Théâtre du Châtelet. Susan will be co-starring with French film star and singer Lambert Wilson, under the direction of Lee Blakely and choreographer Peggy Hickey. It was with this same production team that Susan recently proved “spectacular” (Santa Fe New Mexican) in the title role of Offenbach’s The Grand Duchess of Gerolstein at Santa Fe Opera, where she headlined the company’s season-opening staging of the comic masterpiece. Click here for a list of upcoming appearances.

This Saturday, Susan is “Sculpting Sound” at the Metropolitan Museum of Art

index copySusan returns to New York City this Saturday to perform a special concert at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in the Grace Rainey Rodgers Auditorium. The program – titled “Sculpting Sound” and held in conjunction with the exhibition The Passions of Jean-Baptiste Carpeaux – will feature the music of the 19th-century French sculptor’s friends and collaborators, including Bizet, Gounod and more. Graham will be joined by pianist Brian Zeger (director of the Juilliard Vocal Arts Department), as well as by bass-baritone Evan Hughes and soprano Layla Claire. Click here for more information and to purchase tickets.

The Enchanted Island opens tonight at the Metropolitan Opera

250px-Metropolitan_Opera_House_At_Lincoln_Center_2Heading an all-star cast featuring Plácido Domingo and David Daniels at the Metropolitan Opera, Susan gives her first performance as Sycorax tonight in Jeremy Sams’s hit Baroque pastiche, The Enchanted Island (Feb 26-March 20).

The Enchanted Island brings together music by Handel, Vivaldi, Rameau, Purcell and their lesser-known contemporaries, in a Shakespearean fantasy based on a new English libretto inspired by The Tempest and A Midsummer Night’s Dream. At its premiere, the New York Times pronounced The Enchanted Island a “clever and touching pastiche” and praised its “remarkable integrity and consistency,” while the UK’s Telegraph called it “a perfect storm of brilliance.” Graham will undertake the lead role of Sycorax, Caliban’s witch mother. Graham is no stranger to Baroque coloratura, with her triumphs as Handel’s protagonists already well documented. In the title role of Handel’s Xerxes at San Francisco Opera, “hers was a commanding performance,” according to the San Jose Mercury News, while San Francisco Classical Voice praised her singing for its “vocal majesty and vigor.” Click here for a full list of upcoming performances.