Susan Graham

Susan Graham

born on 23/7/1960 in Roswell, NM, United States

Susan Graham

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

Life and career

Raised in Midland, Texas, Graham 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 January 20, 2005,[2] and Schubert's "Ave Maria" at the nationally televised funeral mass for Senator Edward M. Kennedy of Massachusetts on August 29, 2009. She is a US delegate for UNESCO.[7][8]

Opera roles

Her operatic roles include:


  • 2001 Chevalier of the Order of Arts and Letters (Chevalier dans l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres)[26]
  • 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"[27]
  • May 2008, Honorary Doctorate, Manhattan School of Music

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


  • Roméo et Juliette (Charles Gounod) Plácido Domingo, Ruth Ann Swenson, Miles, Kurt Ollmann, Susan Graham, Alain Vernhes, Paul Charles Clarke; Bayerischen Rundfunkorchester und chor, Münchner Rundfunkorchester, Leonard Slatkin (conductor). RCA 68440
  • La Belle Époque – The Songs of Reynaldo Hahn (Hahn) Roger Vignoles (piano) Sony. Awards: Winner of Performance Today "Critic's Choice" Award; the 1999 Caecilia Prize; Preis der Deutschen Schallplattenkritik critic's award; Choc du Monde de la Musique; Opera International's Timbre de Platine. Sony 60168
  • Debussy La Damoiselle élue. Sylvia McNair, Susan Graham, Boston Symphony Orchestra Seiji Ozawa. Philips 446682 (with Ravel: Shéhérazade and Britten Les illuminations).[28]
  • Alcina (Handel) Renée Fleming, Susan Graham, Natalie Dessay, Kathleen Kuhlmann, Timothy Robinson, Laurent Naouri, Juanita Lascarro, Michael Loughlin-Smith, Maurizio Rossano, Laurent Collobert, Eric Demarteau, Les Arts Florissants, William Christie (conductor). Erato 80233[29]
  • Berlioz: L'enfance du Christ; Three Irlande songs; Sara la baigneuse Susan Graham, François Le Roux, John Mark Ainsley, Montreal SO and Chorus, Dutoit. Decca[30]
  • Il tenero momento (Mozart and Gluck). Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Harry Bicket (conductor) Erato Best Recital Disc in 2001 (The Gramophone), German Echo Klassik award, Prix Gabriel Fauré and the Grand Prix (Académie du disque)[31]
  • Songs (Ives) 2005 Grammy Award for Best Classical Vocal Performance. Pierre-Laurent Aimard (piano), Emmanuel Pahud (flute), Tabea Zimmermann (viola). Warner Classics 2564 60297-2 (with Concord Sonata)[36][37][38][39]
  • Vanessa (Barber). Susan Graham (Erika), Christine Brewer (Vanessa), William Burden (Anatol), Michael Davis, Neal Davies (The Old Doctor), Catherine Wyn-Rogers (Old Baroness), Simon Birchall (Nicholas), Stephen Charlesworth (Footman), BBC Singers (Servants, Guests, Peasants), Anthony Legge (conductor), BBC Symphony Orchestra, Leonard Slatkin (conductor). Chandos CHSA 5032[40]
  • Les Troyens (Berlioz) – DVD. Susan Graham (Didon), Gregory Kunde (Énée), Laurent Naouri (Narbal), Lydia Korniordou (Andromaque), Mark Padmore (Iopas), Topi Lehtipuu (Hylas/Hélénus), Fernand Bernardi (Ghost of Hector), Danielle Bouthillon (Hécube), Nicolas Courjal (Trojan Guard), Benjamin Davies (Trojan soldier), Frances Jellard (Polyxène), Anna Caterina Antonacci (Cassandre), Ludovic Tézier (Chorèbe), Renata Pokupić (Anna), Quentin Gac (Astyanax), Stéphanie d'Oustrac (Ascagne), Nicolas Testé (Panthée), René Schirrer (Priam), Laurent Alvaro (Trojan Guard), Robert Davies (Greek Captain), Simon Davies (Priest of Pluto), Monteverdi Choir, Chœur du Théâtre du Châtelet, Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique, John Eliot Gardiner (conductor). Opus Arte OA 0900 D
  • Dido and Aeneas (Purcell) Susan Graham (Dido), Ian Bostridge (Aeneas), Camilla Tilling (Belinda), Felicity Palmer (Sorceress), David Daniels (Spirit), Cécile de Boever (Second Woman), Paul Agnew (A Sailor), Emmanuelle Haïm (conductor), European Voices, Le Concert d'Astrée. Virgin Veritas 45605. Grammy Award nomination. Maria Callas award from the Académie du Disque Lyrique[41][42]
  • Poèmes de l'amourChausson Poème de l'amour et de la mer; Ravel Shéhérazade; Debussy orch. Adams Songs from Le Livre De Baudelaire BBC Symphony Orchestra, Yan Pascal Tortelier Warner Classics 2564 619382 (CD)[43][44]
  • Sacred Songs Renée Fleming (soprano), London Voices, RPO/Delfs. Decca 475 6925. Graham sings a duet with Fleming in "Abends will ich schlafen gehn" from Engelbert Humperdinck's Hänsel und Gretel.[45]
  • La clemenza di Tito (Mozart). Christoph Prégardien (Tito), Susan Graham (Sesto), Catherine Naglestad (Vitellia), Ekaterina Siurina (Servillia), Hannah Esther Minutillo (Annio), Roland Bracht (Publio). Opus Arte OA 0942 DVD
  • Werther (Massenet) – DVD Thomas Hampson (Werther), Susan Graham (Charlotte), Sandrine Piau, Stéphane Degout (Albert), Michel Plasson (conductor), Châtelet Opera, Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse. Virgin Classics
  • Susan Graham – French Songs Ideale Audience International: 3079128 (DVD)
  • Mahler: Songs with Orchestra, Susan Graham, Thomas Hampson, San Francisco Symphony, Michael Tilson Thomas Avie: 82193600362
  • Passing By: Songs by Jake Heggie Avie: AV2198 (singing "At The Statue Of Venus: A Lucky Child")


  1. ^ Martin Kettle, "America's most wanted". The Guardian, December 10, 2004.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g Hugh Canning, "Everything but the girl". The Times, March 11, 2007.
  3. ^ Anthony Tommasini, "Dreiser's Chilling Tale of Ambition and Its Price". New York Times, December 5, 2005.
  4. ^ Allan Kozinn, "Taking a Two-Century Voyage Through the Music of France". New York Times, January 31, 2007.
  5. ^ Anthony Tommasini, "A Singer at Ease in Opera and in Song Repertory". New York Times, April 19, 2000.
  6. ^ Allan Kozinn, "A Brisk Tour, Concluding With a Boa". New York Times, April 18, 2003.
  7. ^ U.S. National Commission for UNESCO Susan Graham
  8. ^ "Mrs. Bush's Remarks to UNESCO Plenary Session in Paris". September 29, 2003. Retrieved August 1, 2015. 
  9. ^ The Observer (Anthony Holden) Vanessa, you've been a very lucky girl November 23, 2003
  10. ^ The Guardian (Tim Ashley) Vanessa November 18, 2003
  11. ^ Philip Anson Béatrice et Bénédict: Bis! July 1, 1997
  12. ^ Great Performances at the Met – “Les Troyens” June 30, 2013
  13. ^ The Guardian (Edward Greenfield) A new leash of life August 19, 2000
  14. ^ Renée Fleming Fifty ways to sing about love
  15. ^ The Guardian (Martin Kettle) Great Scott! Jay and Daisy bring the jazz age to the Met
  16. ^ Anne Midgette, "How to Take a Widow Three Stages Past Merry". New York Times, December 24, 2003.
  17. ^ Anthony Tommasini, "The Merry Widow Meets The Embarrassed Fiancée". New York Times, January 2, 2004.
  18. ^ The Guardian (Alfred Hickling) Louche cannon October 10, 2003
  19. ^ Bernard Holland, "What Use an Update if Hearts Beat Still the Same?". New York Times, October 26, 2004.
  20. ^ The Guardian (George Hall) La Clemenza di Tito May 4, 2005
  21. ^ Bernard Holland, "Haunted by the Deaths of Martyrs, a Century Apart". New York Times, August 1, 2005.
  22. ^ Anthony Tommasini, "A Lithuanian Soprano Creates Her Own Ariadne ". New York Times, September 27, 2005.
  23. ^ The Guardian (Tim Ashley) Ariadne auf Naxos June 24, 2004
  24. ^ The Observer (Anthony Holden) Even the corpse is fantastic
  25. ^ Jeremy Eichler, "Lushly Lamenting the Wages of Time and a Lost Golden Age". New York Times, March 15, 2005.
  26. ^ Ned Rorem and Susan Graham Decoration Archived October 21, 2006, at the Wayback Machine.
  27. ^ Midland, Texas declares Sept 5 “Susan Graham Day” Archived October 1, 2006, at the Wayback Machine.
  28. ^ Eric Dahan: Les méli-mélodies de Susan Graham. Libération, May 3, 2000 (interview).
  29. ^ The Guardian (Andrew Clements) Pretty vacant February 18, 2000
  30. ^ The Guardian (Edward Greenfield) Classical CD releases November 3, 2000
  31. ^ The Guardian (Tim Ashley) Classical CD releases April 6, 2001
  32. ^ The Guardian (Andrew Clements) Classical CD releases April 5, 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 Archived November 4, 2005, at the Wayback Machine.
  35. ^ Dart, William (November 26, 2003). "On track: Album captures special occasion for Susan Graham". The New Zealand Herald. Retrieved November 15, 2011. 
  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' May 16, 2004
  39. ^ The Guardian (Andrew Clements) Ives: Piano Sonata No 2, Concorde; Songs: Graham/ Aimard May 7, 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 May 20, 2005
  44. ^ The Observer (Anthony Holden) Debussy/Chausson/Ravel, Songs May 15, 2005
  45. ^ The Observer (Anthony Holden) Classical CDs: Mozart | Sacred Songs | Matthew Taylor October 23, 2005
  46. ^ Rick Jones Simon Rattle: Berlioz – Symphonie Fantastique The Times August 30, 2008
  47. ^ Anthony Holden Berlioz Symphonie Fantastique Berlin Philharmonic/Rattle (EMI 216 2240) # The Observer August 31, 2008

External links

  • Susan Graham's official website
  • Operabase performance schedule
  • The New York Times Susan Graham news
  • Susan Graham interview by Bruce Duffie, February 23, 1998
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