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Graham hosting the National Endowment for the Arts Opera Honors in 2008

Susan Graham (born July 23, 1960, Roswell, New Mexico) is an American mezzo-soprano.

Raised in Midland, Texas, she is a graduate of Texas Tech University and the Manhattan School of Music. She studied the piano for 13 years.[1] She was a winner in the Metropolitan Opera's National Council Auditions, and also a recipient of the Schwabacher Award from the Merola Program of San Francisco Opera.

Graham made her international début at Covent Garden in 1994, playing Massenet's Chérubin.[2] She has also premièred several roles in contemporary operas, including John Harbison's The Great Gatsby (Jordan Baker), Jake Heggie's Dead Man Walking (Sister Helen Prejean), and Tobias Picker's An American Tragedy (Sondra Finchley).[3]

Graham is a noted champion of the French song repertoire[4] and of songs by contemporary American composers, including Ned Rorem and Lowell Liebermann.[5] Graham made her Carnegie Hall recital debut in April 2003,[6] and a recording of this recital was later released.

Graham sang "Bless This House" at George W. Bush's second inauguration on 20 January 2005,[2] and Schubert's "Ave Maria" at the nationally televised funeral mass for Senator Edward M. Kennedy of Massachusetts on 29 August 2009. She is a US delegate for UNESCO.[7][8]

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Opera roles

Graham at the Metropolitan Opera opening in 2008

Her operatic roles include:

Awards

  • 2001 Chevalier of the Order of Arts and Letters (Chevalier dans l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres)[25]
  • June 2005 Commander of the Order of Arts and Letters
  • Musical America 2004 Vocalist of the Year
  • 2004 Grammy Award for Best Classical Vocal Performance, for her album Ives: Songs (The Things Our Fathers Loved; The Housatonic At Stockbridge, Etc.)
  • 2005 Opera News Award
  • September 5, 2006 Midland, Texas first annual "Susan Graham Day"[26]
  • May 2008, Honorary Doctorate, Manhattan School of Music

Some of the recordings have also received awards. See below.

Recordings

Susan Graham's recordings (in chronological order):

1992
1995
1996
1997
1998
2000
2001
2002
2003
2004
2005
2006
2008

References

  1. ^ Martin Kettle, "America's most wanted". The Guardian, 10 December 2004.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g Hugh Canning, "Everything but the girl". The Times, 11 March 2007.
  3. ^ Anthony Tommasini, "Dreiser's Chilling Tale of Ambition and Its Price". New York Times, 5 December 2005.
  4. ^ Allan Kozinn, "Taking a Two-Century Voyage Through the Music of France". New York Times, 31 January 2007.
  5. ^ Anthony Tommasini, "A Singer at Ease in Opera and in Song Repertory". New York Times, 19 April 2000.
  6. ^ Allan Kozinn, "A Brisk Tour, Concluding With a Boa". New York Times, 18 April 2003.
  7. ^ U.S. National Commission for UNESCO Susan Graham
  8. ^ Mrs. Bush's Remarks to UNESCO Plenary Session in Paris
  9. ^ The Observer (Anthony Holden) Vanessa, you've been a very lucky girl 23 November 2003
  10. ^ The Guardian (Tim Ashley) Vanessa 18 November 2003
  11. ^ Philip Anson Béatrice et Bénédict: Bis! 1 July 1997
  12. ^ The Guardian (Edward Greenfield) A new leash of life 19 August 2000
  13. ^ Renée Fleming Fifty ways to sing about love
  14. ^ The Guardian (Martin Kettle) Great Scott! Jay and Daisy bring the jazz age to the Met
  15. ^ Anne Midgette, "How to Take a Widow Three Stages Past Merry". New York Times, 24 December 2003.
  16. ^ Anthony Tommasini, "The Merry Widow Meets The Embarrassed Fiancée". New York Times, 2 January 2004.
  17. ^ The Guardian (Alfred Hickling) Louche cannon 10 October 2003
  18. ^ Bernard Holland, "What Use an Update if Hearts Beat Still the Same?". New York Times, 26 October 2004.
  19. ^ The Guardian (George Hall) La Clemenza di Tito 4 May 2005
  20. ^ Bernard Holland, "Haunted by the Deaths of Martyrs, a Century Apart". New York Times, 1 August 2005.
  21. ^ Anthony Tommasini, "A Lithuanian Soprano Creates Her Own Ariadne ". New York Times, 27 September 2005.
  22. ^ The Guardian (Tim Ashley) Ariadne auf Naxos 24 June 2004
  23. ^ The Observer (Anthony Holden) Even the corpse is fantastic
  24. ^ Jeremy Eichler, "Lushly Lamenting the Wages of Time and a Lost Golden Age". New York Times, 15 March 2005.
  25. ^ Ned Rorem and Susan Graham Decoration
  26. ^ Midland, Texas declares Sept 5 “Susan Graham Day”
  27. ^ The Guardian (Edward Greenfield) Other classical releases 4 February 2000
  28. ^ The Guardian (Andrew Clements) Other classical releases 31 March 2000
  29. ^ The Guardian (Andrew Clements) Pretty vacant 18 February 2000
  30. ^ The Guardian (Edward Greenfield) Classical CD releases 3 November 2000
  31. ^ The Guardian (Tim Ashley) Classical CD releases 6 April 2001
  32. ^ The Guardian (Andrew Clements) Classical CD releases 5 April 2002
  33. ^ BBC Classical Review (Andrew McGregor) Susan Graham at Carnegie Hall (includes audio samples)
  34. ^ New York (Peter G. Davis) Cosi Fan Tutte, Beatrice et Benedict, Susan Graham
  35. ^ WILLIAM DART On track: Album captures special occasion for Susan Graham The New Zealand Herald 26 November 2003
  36. ^ BBC Classical Review (Andrew McGregor) Ives: Concord Sonata, Songs, Pierre-Laurent Aimard/Susan Graham
  37. ^ The New York Times (Jeremy Eichler) The Best Classical CD's of 2004; IVES: SONGS, 'CONCORD' SONATA
  38. ^ The Observer (Anthony Holden) Ives, Piano Sonata No 2 'Concord' 16 May 2004
  39. ^ The Guardian (Andrew Clements) Ives: Piano Sonata No 2, Concorde; Songs: Graham/ Aimard 7 May 2004
  40. ^ The Guardian (Edward Greenfield) Barber: Vanessa, Brewer/ Graham/ Wyn-Rogers/ Burden/ Davies/ BBC Singers and SO/ Slatkin
  41. ^ BBC Classical Review (Andrew McGregor) Purcell: Dido and Aeneas, Susan Graham, Ian Bostridge etc (includes samples)
  42. ^ The New York Times (Allan Kozinn) The Best Classical CD's of 2004; PURCELL: 'DIDO AND AENEAS'
  43. ^ The Guardian (Andrew Clements) Chausson Poème de l'Amour et de la Mer; Ravel: Shéhérazade; Debussy (arr. Adams): Le Livre de Baudelaire: Graham/ BBC SO/ Tortelier 20 May 2005
  44. ^ The Observer (Anthony Holden) Debussy/Chausson/Ravel, Songs 15 May 2005
  45. ^ The Observer (Anthony Holden) Classical CDs: Mozart | Sacred Songs | Matthew Taylor 23 October 2005
  46. ^ Rick Jones Simon Rattle: Berlioz - Symphonie Fantastique The Times 30 August 2008
  47. ^ Anthony Holden Berlioz Symphonie Fantastique Berlin Philharmonic/Rattle (EMI 216 2240) # The Observer 31 August 2008

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