In 2016: A Recital Tour, “Susan Graham & Friends”, and the San Francisco Symphony

Susan-Graham-in-white-prom-dressIn the new year, Susan Graham appears twice at Carnegie Hall: first in April with the Orchestra of St. Luke’s and Purcell’s moving “Dido’s Lament”, then in May with a special evening in company with some of her closest musical friends.

After joining San Francisco’s Philharmonia Baroque and Nicholas McGegan for works by Handel, Susan embarks on a European tour with pianist Malcolm Martineau, performing repertoire ranging from Schumann to Poulenc with stops at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland (which will be broadcast live on BBC 3), the Grand Theatre de Geneva, Wigmore Hall, and Vienna’s Konzerthaus. She also joins pianist Bradley Moore at Amherst College, Baldwin Wallace University’s Art Song Festival, and for Boston’s Celebrity Series.

Susan caps her season in May by singing Brahms’s Alto Rhapsody with the San Francisco Symphony and the men of the San Francisco Symphony Chorus under Michael Tilson Thomas.

Explore Susan’s schedule here.

Closing 2015 with the New York Philharmonic’s “La Vie Parisienne”

human braiding hair To ring in the new year, Susan Graham joins Alan Gilbert and special guests at the New York Philharmonic’s annual New Year’s Eve concert on December 31. “La Vie Parisienne” features Jacques Offenbach’s “Ah! que j’aime les militaires” from The Grand Duchess of Gerolstein and “Ah! quel dîner” from La Périchole. Susan also performs “C’est ça la vie, c’est ça l’amour” from the Moisés Simons operetta Toi c’est moi, as well as Edith Piaf and Louiguy’s “La Vie en rose”.

The evening’s program also includes Saint-Saëns’s Carnival of the Animals, featuring narrator Nathan Lane and pianists Inon Barnatan and Makato Ozone. Find tickets here.

“La Vie Parisienne” will be telecast nationally on December 31 by PBS’s Live From Lincoln Center, beginning on New York City’s WNET at 8pm ET. Check your local listings for more information.

A Return to the Met in Die Fledermaus

After an acclaimed run as Countess Geschwitz in the Metropolitan Opera’s new production of Lulu, Susan Graham returns to the opera house to star in Johann Strauss II’s sparkling operetta Die Fledermaus, opening December 4. Donning pants as Prince Orlofsky, Susan heads a cast that also features Susanna Phillips as Rosalinde and Toby Spence as her philandering husband, Eisenstein. James Levine conducts Die Fledermaus for the first time in his 45-year Met career.

Tickets to the Met’s recent production by Jeremy Sams can be found here, with repeat performances taking place on December 7, 10, 14, 18, 23, 28, and 30 plus January 2 and 7.

Acclaim for Lulu at The Metropolitan Opera

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Susan Graham received critical acclaim for her “poignant” (Financial Times) performance in the Metropolitan Opera’s new production of Lulu, making her role debut as Countess Geschwitz. “She distinguished herself with her burnished warm sound from the very first notes,” praised the Washington Post, and “sang so radiantly [she] made Berg’s spiky music sound downright romantic” (New York Observer). As the cunning admirer of the eponymous femme fatale — played by Marlis Petersen — Susan “was luxurious casting, singing her final scene with rare eloquence and great depth of feeling,” noted Operavore, and “[balanced] fragile dignity and poignant neediness in her performance (New York Times).

Repeat performances of Berg’s opera under the direction of William Kentridge take place on November 14, 17, 21, 24, and 28 as well as December 3. Watch a trailer here of the production, which is conducted by Lothar Koenigs and Derrick Inouye and boasts a cast that also includes Daniel Brenna, Paul Groves, Johan Reuter, and Franz Grundheber. On November 21, Lulu will be transmitted to more than 2,000 screens in 70 countries across the globe as part of the Met Opera’s Live in HD series.

Tickets to Lulu and more information can be found here.

Photo © Ken Howard/Metropolitan Opera

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