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.”