Susan to make Dallas Opera debut in The Aspern Papers

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April marks Susan’s first operatic engagement of 2013, when she heads to the Dallas Opera to make her eagerly anticipated house debut in The Aspern Papers. An adaptation of the Henry James novella by Pulitzer Prize-winning American composer Dominick Argento (b.1927), the opera was an original Dallas Opera commission. Its 1988 world premiere impressed the Los Angeles Times as “pretty irresistible,” while the New York Times – dubbing Argento “a melodic athlete” – praised “the kind of set piece rare in opera today.” The Dallas Opera’s new production by Tim Albery, celebrating the 25th anniversary of this opening run, stars Susan in her role debut as Tina (the part originally created by Frederica von Stade). Susan’s co-stars include Beverly Sills Artist Nathan Gunn, Joseph Kaiser, and Alexandra Deshorties. The Dallas Opera’s music director Graeme Jenkins, now in the 20th and final season of his tenure, conducts (April 12-28).


All hail Susan’s Queen of Carthage!

Susan Graham TroyensThis past holiday season, Susan was “the big news” of the Metropolitan Opera’s star-studded Les Troyens revival, when she “triumphed in her first Met performance as Didon (Dido), the Queen of Carthage” (New York Times). Now the mezzo rings in the New Year with a number of important firsts. January 16 sees the launch of her first duo recital tour, when she teams up with celebrated soprano Renée Fleming for performances at L.A.’s Disney Hall (Jan 19), New York’s Carnegie Hall (Jan 27), and four more of the nation’s foremost venues. Next, the Grammy Award-winner makes her long-overdue Dallas Opera debut, singing her first Tina in a new production of The Aspern Papers by Dominick Argento (April 12-28). And a second role debut marks her return to Santa Fe Opera, where she headlines the company’s season-opening new staging of Offenbach’s comic masterpiece The Grand Duchess of Gerolstein (June 28–Aug 24).

A recital tour 15 years in the making

Susan and ReneeThis winter, Susan and long-time friend and musical partner Renée Fleming will embark on their first recital tour. The duo met as winners at the 1988 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, since when the Associated Press has compared their collaborations to “some rare alignment of planets.”

Accompanied by renowned pianist Bradley Moore in a program of all-French salon music, Susan will be in her natural habitat, for she is widely recognized as “unbeatable in French repertoire” (Time Out New York). The six-city tour will visit San Francisco’s Davies Hall (Jan 16), Los Angeles’s Disney Hall (Jan 19), Palm Desert’s McCallum Theatre (Jan 22), Lyric Opera of Chicago (Jan 24), Carnegie Hall (Jan 27), and Boston’s Symphony Hall (Feb 3).

“Fans will revel” in Virgins, Vixens & Viragos

VVV cover“In an eclectic program ranging across three centuries, four languages and a diverse array of idioms” (Gramophone), the celebrated mezzo-soprano has released her new album, Virgins, Vixens & Viragos, on the Onyx Classics label. The new disc marks Susan’s first solo album since 2008’s Un frisson français, which London’s Sunday Times named one of the “Best CDs of 2008,” calling it “one of the most delicious surprises of the year,” and which the Denver Post selected as one of the “Ten Classical Albums That Mattered In 2008.”

Her second album for Onyx, Virgins, Vixens & Viragos features an imaginative program inspired by iconic female characters of history, literature, and song. Accompanied by Graham’s frequent collaborator Malcolm Martineau, the album encompasses works by Purcell, Poulenc, Berlioz, Schubert, Schumann, Liszt, Tchaikovsky, Duparc, Porter, Sondheim, and Wolf – and includes Joseph Horovitz’s Lady Macbeth, a scena based on texts from Shakespeare’s drama. As Opera News declares, Susan’s “fans will revel” in the recital’s “sonic beauty.”