Joining the Naples Philharmonic in May

This spring, Susan Graham joins the Naples Philharmonic for their Masterworks Season Finale.

On May 3 & 4, Susan joins the orchestra for Chausson’s Poème de l’amour et de la mer, conducted by Andrey Boreyko.

The program also includes Wagner’s Prelude and and Liebestod and Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 4.

Extending Contract with LA Opera

Susan Graham has renewed her contract to continue in her role as Artistic Advisor to LA Opera’s Domingo-Colburn-Stein Young Artist Program through the 2020/21 season.

Regarding Susan, Plácido Domingo has said, “For young singers just starting out in their careers, the influence of a guiding light like Susan Graham can make all the difference… We are truly blessed to have an artist of her caliber as part of the LA Opera family and I am beyond thrilled that she will be extending her time with us. She has had a profound impact on our young artists, inspiring them to become more fearless and to find their own truths as performers. They have savored every opportunity to work closely with her as a role model, mentor, supporter and collaborator.”

Susan says, “I’m thrilled to renew my contract with LA Opera—another two years with the honor and privilege of mentoring, coaching, and overseeing development of our fine young singers, of whom I have grown very fond. Their talents and enthusiasm are inspiring, and helping them grow as artists is, as any teacher will tell you, greatly satisfying. The growth I’ve seen in these individuals and the program is a testament to the company’s investment in young talent. I’m delighted to be a part of this team.”

In her role as Artistic Advisor—a position created for her in 2017—Susan stays in residence with the company for at least ten weeks each season. While onsite, she provides direct mentorship to the young artists in the skills, methodologies and philosophies necessary for building a long-term career as a singer. She also works with the company’s artistic leadership team to create performance opportunities for the participants, both at LA Opera and beyond.

Read the LA Opera press release here.

Speaking at Texas Tech Commencement

This May, Susan Graham takes the stage this year as the spring 2019 commencement speaker for Texas Tech University.

On May 17, Susan speaks at the commencement of the university’s College of Arts and Sciences, J.T. & Margaret Talkington College of Visual and Performing Arts and College of Education. As an honored alumna, Susan returns to Lubbock after having recently performed a benefit concert for the School of Music in April. Author Barry Lopez also participates in the commencement ceremonies.

More info here.

MSM Centennial Gala Concert at Carnegie Hall

On April 17, Susan Graham appears at Carnegie Hall for the Manhattan School of Music Centennial Gala.

In an evening Susan sings alongside the MSM Symphony Orchestra, under the baton of Leonard Slatkin. The evening, hosted by Alec Baldwin, also hears pianist Olga Kern, violinist Kelly Hall-Tompkins, trumpeter Terence Blanchard, and more.