In 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.