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Next Season's Debut Artists: Susan Graham

[This is part of a series profiling the artists making their COC debuts in the 2011/2012 season]

"The American mezzo-soprano Susan Graham has for the better part of a decade impressed audiences with her creamy singing and chiseled characterizations..." – The New York Times

Name: Susan Graham

Range: Mezzo-soprano

Where she's from: Midland, Texas (where Sept. 5 has been declared "Susan Graham Day" in perpetuity)

What she's singing: Iphigenia in Gluck's Iphigenia in Tauris, at the COC from Sept. 22 to Oct. 12

Where she's been: Iphigenia in Iphigenia in Tauris at the Metropolitan Opera, Royal Opera House Covent Garden, Lyric Opera of Chicago, San Francisco Opera, and Teatro Real Madrid. 


  • Grammy award-winner for her disc of Charles Ives songs with Pierre-Laurent Aimard
  • Grammy award-nominee for her performance as Dido in Purcell's Dido and Aeneas
  • Musical America: Vocalist of the Year (2004)
  • Honored by the French government as "Chevalier de la Légion d'honneur."


Watch and Listen

In the video below, she sings "Parto, parto" (from Mozart's La clemenza di Tito) at a 2006 Metropolitan Opera gala:

Here she is with Renee Fleming and Thomas Hampson, in a chat about auditions. She relates how she once forgot the words (twice) to "Parto, parto" while auditioning for Lotfi Mansouri: 

A video of Susan Graham singing "Ave Maria" at U.S. senator Edward M. Kennedy's funeral mass cannot be embedded, but can be viewed here.

And, for something a little different: here she is on the Martha Stewart show! It's in two parts:


Top Photo: Susan Graham. Photo © Dario Acosta

Middle Photo: Susan Graham in a scene from Iphigenia in Tauris at the Lyric Opera of Chicago. Photo by Dan Rest © 2006

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Sara Fulgoni in the COC production of Bluebeard's Castle. Photo: Michael Cooper © 2001



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