Susan Graham Kicks Off U.S. Recital Tour Tomorrow, Then It’s “Sculpting Sound” at the Met Museum (April 26) and Her Role Debut in The King & I (June 13-29)

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Susan Graham Kicks Off U.S. Recital Tour Tomorrow, Then It’s “Sculpting Sound” at the Met Museum (April 26) and Her Role Debut in The King & I (June 13-29) 




“Graham’s mezzo-soprano is a voice without regrets – healthy, rounded, 


 ineffably musical, and eager for a challenge.” — The New Yorker






Grammy Award-winning mezzo-soprano Susan Graham launches a four-date U.S. recital tour tomorrow with pianist Bradley Moore in Myrtle Beach, SC, with the trek including the singer’s Kimmel Center recital debut in Philadelphia on April 2. The recital program of Purcell, Berlioz, Poulenc and Cole Porter will be drawn from Graham’s second Onyx album, Virgins, Vixens & Viragos. In a review of the recording, the UK’s Sunday Times noted: “It’s hard to think of another contemporary singer who could pull off the tour de force Graham achieves here, with numbers ranging over a period of almost 300 years.” Back in New York on April 26, Graham will perform a special concert at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, in Grace Rainey Rogers 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. This summer, Graham will cap her season in Paris by making her role debut as Anna in The King and I at the Théâtre du Châtelet (June 13-29).




In the classic Rodgers & Hammersteinmusical comedy The King and I, Graham will be co-starring with French film star and singer Lambert Wilson, under the direction of Lee Blakeley and choreographer Peggy Hickey. It was with this same production team that Graham 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 new staging of the comic masterpiece. 




In London this spring, before she heads to Paris for The King and I, Graham joins Charles Dutoit and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra at Royal Festival Hall to sing one of her signature pieces: Berlioz’s orchestral song cycle Les nuits d’été (May 14). And in Spain, she revisits Mahler’s Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellenwith Madrid’s Orquesta Titular del Teatro Real under Christoph von Dohnányi (May 22).




So far this season, Graham has ranged from touring Europe singing Mahler and Schoenberg with the Ensemble InterContemporain and performing Ravel’s Shéhérazade with Bernard Haitink and the Boston Symphony at Carnegie Hall to starring in the hit Baroque pastiche The Enchanted Island at the Metropolitan Opera. The mezzo – who has won the Opera News Award and been named Musical America Vocalist of the Year, as well as received the French government’s Chevalier de la Légion d’honneur – was also seen on national TV earlier this year with the PBS Live at Lincoln Center broadcast of the all-star “Richard Tucker at 100: An Opera Celebration.” 




Susan Graham: upcoming engagements




March 28-April 10 


Recital tour with Bradley Moore, piano 


Works by Berlioz, Purcell, Poulenc and Cole Porter




March 28: Myrtle Beach, SC (First Presbyterian Church)


April 2: Philadelphia, PA (Kimmel Center)


April 6: Oberlin, OH (Oberlin College & Conservatory)


April 10: Akron, OH (E. J. Thomas Hall, University of Akron)




April 26


New York, NY


Metropolitan Museum of Art


Sculpting Sound: The Music of Carpeaux’s Circle 




May 14


London, UK


Royal Festival Hall


Royal Philharmonic Orchestra / Charles Dutoit


Berlioz: Les nuits d’été




May 22


Madrid, Spain 


Teatro Real


Orquesta Titular del Teatro Real / Christoph von Dohnányi


Mahler: Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen




June 13, *14, 15, 17, 18, 19, 20, *21, *22, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, & 29


Paris, France 


Théâtre du Châtelet


Rodgers & Hammerstein: The King and I (Anna)




*matinee and evening performance 




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