Susan Graham

Biography

Born: July 23, 1960; Roswell, NM  
Born in Roswell, NM, in 1960, mezzo-soprano Susan Graham began her professional operatic and concert career shortly after completing a master's degree in music at the Manhattan School of Music. A participant in the San Francisco Opera's Merola young artists' program and a winner of the Metropolitan Opera Auditions, she quickly gained a foothold in the major performing venues in the United States, including the Santa Fe Opera (Dorabella in Così Read more fan tutte), St. Louis Opera (Erika in Samuel Barber's Vanessa), Chicago Lyric Opera (Annius in Mozart's La Clemenza di Tito), and Seattle Opera (Charlotte in Massenet's Werther and Stephano in Gounod's Roméo et Juliet). In 1989 she made her Carnegie Hall debut in Mahler's Des Knaben Wunderhorn, and sang the title role in the first American and British stagings of Massenet's Chérubin. Her Metropolitan Opera debut was in the 1991-1992 season, during which she sang Second Lady in The Magic Flute, Cherubino in The Marriage of Figaro and Tebaldo in Verdi's Don Carlos.

During the 1990s, Graham established herself as an artist of international caliber, and added the opera houses of San Francisco, Lyon, Salzburg, Covent Garden, and Vienna to her performing schedule. During this period she also issued a number of recordings, including a highly regarded performance of Berlioz' Nuits d'été, and a collaborative effort with sopranos Renée Fleming and Barbara Bonney entitled Strauss Heriones. A 1998 release, entitled La Belle Époque: Songs of Reynaldo Hahn was a successful follow-up to her earlier Berlioz effort, and confirmed her achievements as an interpreter of French music.

In the year 2000, Graham sang the starring role of Sister Helen Prejean in Jake Heggie's Dead Man Walking, a work commissioned by and first performed at the San Francisco Opera. The production was a critical and popular success, and -- particularly because of its association with Sister Prejean's well-known book and the equally popular movie rendering -- brought Graham a measure of media exposure unusual for an operatic singer. Read less

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Biography

Born: July 23, 1960; Roswell, NM  
Born in Roswell, NM, in 1960, mezzo-soprano Susan Graham began her professional operatic and concert career shortly after completing a master's degree in music at the Manhattan School of Music. A participant in the San Francisco Opera's Merola young artists' program and a winner of the Metropolitan Opera Auditions, she quickly gained a foothold in the major performing venues in the United States, including the Santa Fe Opera (Dorabella in Così Read more
WORKS ALBUMS
TITLE/COMPOSER
LABEL
Overture
Serenata: Mentre l'erbetta - Larghetto - Scherzino - Allegro - Andantino - Allegro (Tenor)
Allegretto: Contento forse vivere - Allegro assai - Allegro (alla breve): Con queste paroline - Andante: Sento dire no'nce pace - Allegro: Nce sta quaccuna po' - Presto: Una te fa la 'nzemprece - Larghetto (Soprano, Tenor, Bass)
Allegro alla breve - Tarantella
Andantino: Se tu m'ami - Allegro (Soprano)
Gavotta con due variazioni: Allegro moderato
Vivo
Tempo di minuetto: Pupillette, fiammette d'amore - Finale: Allegro assai (Soprano, Tenor, Bass)
Purcell: Dido and Aeneas, Act 3: "When I am laid in earth" (Dido)
Dido and Aeneas, ACT 3, Scene 2: When I am laid in earth (Dido)
Dido and Aeneas: Overture
Dido and Aeneas, ACT 1: Scene: The Palast: Shake the Clouds from off your Brow (Belinda)
Dido and Aeneas, ACT 1: Scene: The Palast: Banish Sorrow, banish care (Chorus)
Dido and Aeneas, ACT 1: Scene: The Palast: Ah! Belinda, I am press'd with torment (Dido)
Dido and Aeneas, ACT 1: Scene: The Palast: Grief increases by concealing (Belinda-Dido)
Dido and Aeneas, ACT 1: Scene: The Palast: When Monarchs unite how happy their state (Chorus)
Dido and Aeneas, ACT 1: Scene: The Palast: Whence could so much virtue spring? (Dido-Belinda)
Dido and Aeneas, ACT 1: Scene: The Palast: Fear no danger to ensue (Belinda-Second Woman-Chorus)
Dido and Aeneas, ACT 1: Scene: The Palast: See, your Royal Guest appears (Belinda-Aeneas-Dido)
Dido and Aeneas, ACT 1: Scene: The Palast: Cupid only throws the dart (Chorus)
Dido and Aeneas, ACT 1: Scene: The Palast: If not for mine, for Empire's sake (Aeneas-Belinda)
Dido and Aeneas, ACT 1: Scene: The Palast: To the Hills and the Vales (Chorus)
Dido and Aeneas, ACT 1: Scene: The Palast: The Triumphing Dance
Dido and Aeneas, ACT 2, Scene 1:The Cave: Wayward sisters, you that fright (Sorceress)/Harm's our Delight (Chorus)
Dido and Aeneas, ACT 2, Scene 1:The Cave: The Queen of Carthage, whom we hate (Sorceress)/Ho Ho Ho (Chorus)
Dido and Aeneas, ACT 2, Scene 1:The Cave: Ruin'd ere the set of sun? (Two Witches-Sorceress)/Ho Ho Ho (Chorus)
Dido and Aeneas, ACT 2, Scene 1:The Cave: But ere we this perform (Two Witches)
Dido and Aeneas, ACT 2, Scene 1:The Cave: In our deep vaulted cell (Echo Chorus)
Dido and Aeneas, ACT 2, Scene 1:The Cave: Echo Dance of Furies
Dido and Aeneas, ACT 2, Scene 2: The Grove: Ritornelle
Dido and Aeneas, ACT 2, Scene 2: The Grove: Thanks to these lonesome vales (Belinda-Chorus)
Dido and Aeneas, ACT 2, Scene 2: The Grove: Oft she visits this lone mountain (Second Woman)
Dido and Aeneas, ACT 2, Scene 2: The Grove: Behold, upon my bending spear (Aeneas-Dido)
Dido and Aeneas, ACT 2, Scene 2: The Grove: Haste, haste to town (Belinda-Chorus)
Dido and Aeneas, ACT 2, Scene 2: The Grove: Stay, Prince, and hear Great Jove's Command (Spirit-Aeneas)
Dido and Aeneas, ACT 3, Scene 1: The Ships: Come away fellow Sailors (First Sailor-Chorus)
Dido and Aeneas, ACT 3, Scene 1: The Ships: The Sailors' Dance
Dido and Aeneas, ACT 3, Scene 1: The Ships: See the flags and streamers curling (Sorceress-Two Witches)
Dido and Aeneas, ACT 3, Scene 1: The Ships: Our next Motion (Sorceress)
Dido and Aeneas, ACT 3, Scene 1: The Ships: Destruction's our delight (Chorus)
Dido and Aeneas, ACT 3, Scene 1: The Ships: The Witches' Dance
Dido and Aeneas, ACT 3, Scene 2: Your Counsel all is urg'd in vain (Dido-Belinda-Aeneas)
Dido and Aeneas, ACT 3, Scene 2: Great minds against themselves conspire (Chorus)
Dido and Aeneas, ACT 3, Scene 2: Thy hand Belinda; Darkness shades me (Dido)
Purcell: Dido and Aeneas, Act 3: "When I am laid in earth" (Dido)
Dido and Aeneas, ACT 3, Scene 2: With drooping wings (Chorus)
Introduction
Act I Scene 1: Potage creme aux perles (Erika)
Act I Scene 1: No, I cannot understand why... (Vanessa)
Act I Scene 1: Must the winter come so soon? (Erika)
Act I Scene 1: Listen!... they are here (Erika)
Act I Scene 1: Do not utter a word, Anatol (Vanessa)
Act I Scene 1: Yes, I believe I shall love you (Anatol)
Act I Scene 1: Who are you? (Erika)
Act I Scene 2: And then? (Baroness)
Act I Scene 2: No, you are not as good a skater... (Vanessa)
Act I Scene 2: Under the willow tree (Doctor)
Act I Scene 2: Erika, I am so happy (Vanessa)
Act I Scene 2: Did you hear her? (Erika)
Act I Scene 2: Help, help! Save me from their talk (Anatol)
Act I Scene 2: Outside this house the world has changed (Anatol)
Act I Scene 2: Hurry now! (Vanessa)
Act I Scene 2: In Morning light let us rejoice (Chorus)
Act III Scene 2: To leave, to break, to find, to keep (Vanessa)
Act III Scene 2: Goodbye, be happy, Aunt Vanessa (Erika)
Act III Scene 2: No, I must never say that name again (Erika)
Dido and Aeneas: Overture
Dido and Aeneas, ACT 1: Scene: The Palast: Shake the Clouds from off your Brow (Belinda)
Dido and Aeneas, ACT 1: Scene: The Palast: Banish Sorrow, banish care (Chorus)
Dido and Aeneas, ACT 1: Scene: The Palast: Ah! Belinda, I am press'd with torment (Dido)
Dido and Aeneas, ACT 1: Scene: The Palast: Grief increases by concealing (Belinda-Dido)
Dido and Aeneas, ACT 1: Scene: The Palast: When Monarchs unite how happy their state (Chorus)
Dido and Aeneas, ACT 1: Scene: The Palast: Whence could so much virtue spring? (Dido-Belinda)
Dido and Aeneas, ACT 1: Scene: The Palast: Fear no danger to ensue (Belinda-Second Woman-Chorus)
Dido and Aeneas, ACT 1: Scene: The Palast: See, your Royal Guest appears (Belinda-Aeneas-Dido)
Dido and Aeneas, ACT 1: Scene: The Palast: Cupid only throws the dart (Chorus)
Dido and Aeneas, ACT 1: Scene: The Palast: If not for mine, for Empire's sake (Aeneas-Belinda)
Dido and Aeneas, ACT 1: Scene: The Palast: To the Hills and the Vales (Chorus)
Dido and Aeneas, ACT 1: Scene: The Palast: The Triumphing Dance
Dido and Aeneas, ACT 2, Scene 1:The Cave: Wayward sisters, you that fright (Sorceress)/Harm's our Delight (Chorus)
Dido and Aeneas, ACT 2, Scene 1:The Cave: The Queen of Carthage, whom we hate (Sorceress)/Ho Ho Ho (Chorus)
Dido and Aeneas, ACT 2, Scene 1:The Cave: Ruin'd ere the set of sun? (Two Witches-Sorceress)/Ho Ho Ho (Chorus)
Dido and Aeneas, ACT 2, Scene 1:The Cave: But ere we this perform (Two Witches)
Dido and Aeneas, ACT 2, Scene 1:The Cave: In our deep vaulted cell (Echo Chorus)
Dido and Aeneas, ACT 2, Scene 1:The Cave: Echo Dance of Furies
Dido and Aeneas, ACT 2, Scene 2: The Grove: Ritornelle
Dido and Aeneas, ACT 2, Scene 2: The Grove: Thanks to these lonesome vales (Belinda-Chorus)
Dido and Aeneas, ACT 2, Scene 2: The Grove: Oft she visits this lone mountain (Second Woman)
Dido and Aeneas, ACT 2, Scene 2: The Grove: Behold, upon my bending spear (Aeneas-Dido)
Dido and Aeneas, ACT 2, Scene 2: The Grove: Haste, haste to town (Belinda-Chorus)
Dido and Aeneas, ACT 2, Scene 2: The Grove: Stay, Prince, and hear Great Jove's Command (Spirit-Aeneas)
Dido and Aeneas, ACT 3, Scene 1: The Ships: Come away fellow Sailors (First Sailor-Chorus)
Dido and Aeneas, ACT 3, Scene 1: The Ships: The Sailors' Dance
Dido and Aeneas, ACT 3, Scene 1: The Ships: See the flags and streamers curling (Sorceress-Two Witches)
Dido and Aeneas, ACT 3, Scene 1: The Ships: Our next Motion (Sorceress)
Dido and Aeneas, ACT 3, Scene 1: The Ships: Destruction's our delight (Chorus)
Dido and Aeneas, ACT 3, Scene 1: The Ships: The Witches' Dance
Dido and Aeneas, ACT 3, Scene 2: Your Counsel all is urg'd in vain (Dido-Belinda-Aeneas)
Dido and Aeneas, ACT 3, Scene 2: Great minds against themselves conspire (Chorus)
Dido and Aeneas, ACT 3, Scene 2: Thy hand Belinda; Darkness shades me (Dido)
Dido and Aeneas, ACT 3, Scene 2: When I am laid in earth (Dido)
Dido and Aeneas, ACT 3, Scene 2: With drooping wings (Chorus)
I. Villanelle
II. Le spectre de la rose
III. Sur les lagunes: lamento
IV. Absence
V. Au cimetière: claire de lune
VI. L'île inconnue
Ouverture
Part One, Nr. 1 Szene im Garten "Du kanntest mich, o kleiner Engel, wieder"
Part One, Nr. 2 Gretchen vor dem Bild der Mater Dolorosa "Ach neige, du Schmerzensreiche"
Part One, Nr. 3 Szene im Dom "Wie anders, Gretchen, war dir's"
Nr. 7 Fausts Verklärung IV "Gerettet ist das edle Glied"
Nr. 7 Fausts Verklärung IV "Gerettet ist das edle Glied"
Nr. 7 Fausts Verklärung V "Hier ist die Aussicht frei"
Nr. 7 Fausts Verklärung VI "Dir, der Unberührbaren"
Nr. 7 Fausts Verklärung VII "Alles Vergängliche ist nur ein Gleichnis"
"Vier sah ich kommen, drei nur gehn"
"Die Nacht scheint tiefer tief hereinzudringen"
Nr. 6 Fausts Tod "Herbei, herbei! Herein, herein!"


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