A Veteran Opera Singer’s Biggest Challenge: American mezzo-soprano Susan Graham sings the role of Countess Geschwitz in the Met’s ‘Lulu’

By Jennifer Smith
The Wall Street Journal

After performing more than 20 roles with the Metropolitan Opera since her 1991 debut, American mezzo-soprano Susan Graham faced what she called her toughest musical challenge yet.

And it wasn’t about hitting the high notes.

On Thursday, the Met opens a new production of “Lulu,” Alban Berg’s dark opera about an amoral, murderous femme fatale, directed by South African artist William Kentridge. In it, Ms. Graham sings the role of Countess Geschwitz, a lovelorn lesbian who is one of a bevy of broken hearts and lives left in the title character’s wake.

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