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A Look Ahead to the 2015-16 Season

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Susan Graham kicks off her 2015-16 season with a solo recital in Washington, DC with her good friend, composer Jake Heggie on piano, featuring the world premiere of Heggie’s song cycle Iconic Legacies: First Ladies at the Smithsonian, with lyrics by Gene Scheer.  Following this, Susan travels to Houston for a concert with Mercury Baroque. In November she returns to the Metropolitan Opera for a new production of Berg’s Lulu by artist-director William Kentridge, making her role debut as Countess Geschwitz opposite Marlis Petersen in the title role under the baton of James Levine. Susan reunites with Levine for her next starring role at the Met, in Strauss’s frothy Fledermaus, which the Music Director looks forward to conducting for the first time in his 45-year Met career. Donning pants as Prince Orlofsky, the mezzo heads a cast that also features Susanna Phillips and Toby Spence.

Susan makes two appearances at Carnegie Hall in the coming season: first with the Orchestra of St. Luke’s, and then at a special concert of her own in company with her closest musical friends. She gives solo recitals in Boston, Puerto Rico, Vienna, and at London’s Wigmore Hall, before wrapping up the season singing Brahms’s Alto Rhapsody with the San Francisco Symphony and Michael Tilson Thomas.

Explore Susan’s complete 2015-16 schedule here.

Susan reprises her signature Dido in Les Troyens for San Francisco Opera

LONG SLEEVE BLACK LACE V NECK BLUSH CHIFFON LONG EVENING DRESSThis summer, Grammy Award-winning mezzo-soprano Susan Graham returns to San Francisco Opera to reprise her signature role of Dido in Berlioz’s epic Les Troyens (June 7-July 1). The Associated Press has declared Graham’s “the ideal voice for Berlioz – a mezzo with a dark richness that blossoms into lush soprano-like tones.” The singer will be starring in San Francisco Opera’s premiere presentation of the David McVicar production, hailed at its Covent Garden debut as “a major event” by The Guardian. Graham will perform alongside Bryan Hymel as Aeneas, with Donald Runnicles conducting. Two seasons ago, when the Met broadcast a starry revival of Les Troyens to cinema audiences worldwide in the company’s hit Live in HD series, Graham was widely acknowledged as its standout star. The New York Times said: “The big news is mezzo-soprano Susan Graham… whose portrayal is sumptuous, regal and impassioned.”

Classical Action recital next Thursday

559440_10150857604032403_1442152063_nOn April 2, Susan will reunite with frequent collaborator and friend pianist Malcolm Martineau for a special, intimate New York performance. The recital, part of the Michael Palm Series for Classical Action: Performing Arts Against AIDS, will feature fan favorites as well as new songs recently added to Susan’s repertoire.

Founded in 1993, Classical Action: Performing Arts Against AIDS draws upon the talents, resources, and generosity of the classical, opera, and jazz communities to raise money from those battling HIV/AIDS and other critical illnesses.

Tickets may be purchased online at classicalaction.org or by calling 212-997-7717.

Susan nominated for International Opera Award

International Opera AwardsSusan has been nominated for an International Opera Award in the Readers’ Choice category. The winners will be announced at the awards ceremony on April 26, 2015 at The Savoy Theatre in London. Vote for “America’s favorite mezzo” (Gramophone magazinehere.

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