Opera singer Susan Graham on her ‘nothing about our life is normal’ reality

By Kathy Evans
Brisbane Times

“The world is set up for people who live in the same house or apartment every day of their life,” she says. “But opera singers are not normal. There is nothing about our lives that is normal.”

Indeed. But Graham’s life certainly started that way. Born in 1960 in Roswell, New Mexico, more famous for supernatural beings than down-to-earth divas, she grew up in Midland, Texas, the daughter of an amateur pianist and an oil man who coached Little League baseball. Her childhood was both sporty and musical, she played piano but as the nearest opera house was 300 miles away. It wasn’t until she was studying music at college that she first encountered the art form.

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