Parlando: The COC Blog

9/16/2011

An Evening with Susan Graham

  • The Toronto Star's Richard Ouzounian interviews Susan Graham, the mezzo megastar who has become, more than any other singer today, identified with the role of Iphigenia. She talks about the power the opera holds:

    So what is she doing here in a somber work by Gluck, based on a tragedy by Euripides?

    “The music comes first, it always does. This score is unbelievable. So expressive, so passionate, so ahead of its time. I love singing it.”

    That might qualify as the understatement of the year, because Graham has already performed the role to wild acclaim at the Metropolitan Opera, the Lyric Opera of Chicago, the San Francisco Opera, the Royal Opera House Covent Garden and the Teatro Real de Madrid.

    But it’s also the story that draws Graham to the piece so strongly. This tragic tale of a father willing to sacrifice his daughter, a wife who kills her husband and a son who slays his mother makes it, on one level, what Graham quips is “the ultimate dysfunctional family.” [read the full interview]

  • Yesterday evening, opera lovers packed the Duke of York for the chance to see Susan Graham and Russell Braun, who sings the role of Orestes, in conversation with the CBC's Brent Bambury as part of our popular Opera 101 series. Blogger Definitely the Opera was present, and recaps the discussion, noting that "Graham and Braun were great as guests, comfortable in the setting and with each other."

  • Check out this post from Parlando earlier this year that collects some of Susan Graham's highlights on YouTube, including an appearance on Martha Stewart's show!

Susan Graham (above) as Iphigenia in the Lyric Opera of Chicago production of Iphigenia in Tauris, 2006. Photo: Dan Rest

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