Tonight, Susan Graham makes her final role debut of the season when she brings the role of Anna to life in a new production of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s beloved musical The King and I at Paris’s Théâtre du Châtelet. Susan will be co-starring with French film star and singer Lambert Wilson, under the direction of Lee Blakely and choreographer Peggy Hickey. It was with this same production team that Susan recently proved “spectacular” (Santa Fe New Mexican) in the title role of Offenbach’s The Grand Duchess of Gerolstein at Santa Fe Opera, where she headlined the company’s season-opening staging of the comic masterpiece. Click here for a list of upcoming appearances.
Susan Graham stars in Rodgers & Hammerstein’s The King and I at the Théâtre du Châtelet (June 13-29)
This Saturday, Susan is “Sculpting Sound” at the Metropolitan Museum of Art
Susan returns to New York City this Saturday to perform a special concert at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in the Grace Rainey Rodgers Auditorium. The program – titled “Sculpting Sound” and held in conjunction with the exhibition The Passions of Jean-Baptiste Carpeaux – will feature the music of the 19th-century French sculptor’s friends and collaborators, including Bizet, Gounod and more. Graham will be joined by pianist Brian Zeger (director of the Juilliard Vocal Arts Department), as well as by bass-baritone Evan Hughes and soprano Layla Claire. Click here for more information and to purchase tickets.
The Enchanted Island opens tonight at the Metropolitan Opera
Heading an all-star cast featuring Plácido Domingo and David Daniels at the Metropolitan Opera, Susan gives her first performance as Sycorax tonight in Jeremy Sams’s hit Baroque pastiche, The Enchanted Island (Feb 26-March 20).
The Enchanted Island brings together music by Handel, Vivaldi, Rameau, Purcell and their lesser-known contemporaries, in a Shakespearean fantasy based on a new English libretto inspired by The Tempest and A Midsummer Night’s Dream. At its premiere, the New York Times pronounced The Enchanted Island a “clever and touching pastiche” and praised its “remarkable integrity and consistency,” while the UK’s Telegraph called it “a perfect storm of brilliance.” Graham will undertake the lead role of Sycorax, Caliban’s witch mother. Graham is no stranger to Baroque coloratura, with her triumphs as Handel’s protagonists already well documented. In the title role of Handel’s Xerxes at San Francisco Opera, “hers was a commanding performance,” according to the San Jose Mercury News, while San Francisco Classical Voice praised her singing for its “vocal majesty and vigor.” Click here for a full list of upcoming performances.
Susan tours Europe with Ensemble InterContemporain, joins Boston Symphony for Ravel at Carnegie, and stars in The Enchanted Island at the Met
Grammy-winning mezzo-soprano Susan Graham kicks off her New Year by going on a European tour with France’s great Ensemble InterContemporain under Pablo Heras-Casado. The tour includes performances at Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw (Jan 11) and Paris’s Cité de la Musique (Jan 14), as well as in Antwerp (Jan 16). Susan will be singing two masterpieces of late Romanticism: Mahler’s first song cycle, Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen, and the “Lied der Waldtaube” from Schoenberg’s epic cantata, Gurrelieder. Graham – who has won the Opera News Award and been named Musical America Vocalist of the Year – will be seen on national TV in the U.S. before she goes on tour in Europe: On January 10 at 9:00 p.m. EST, PBS’s Live at Lincoln Center will broadcast the all-star “Richard Tucker at 100: An Opera Celebration” gala held recently at Lincoln Center’s Avery Fisher Hall, where the mezzo was featured in a lineup of today’s greatest singers. Following that broadcast, Graham – recognized on both sides of the Atlantic as one of the foremost exponents of French vocal music and a recipient of the French government’s prestigious honorific Chevalier de la Légion d’honneur – joins Bernard Haitink and the Boston Symphony for performances of Ravel’s orchestral song cycle Shéhérazade at Boston’s Symphony Hall (Jan 30–Feb 1) and Carnegie Hall (Feb 12). Then heading an all-star cast featuring Plácido Domingo and David Daniels at the Metropolitan Opera, Graham gives her first performances as Sycorax in Jeremy Sams’s hit Baroque pastiche, The Enchanted Island (Feb 26-March 20). Click here for a full list of upcoming performances.