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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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The Wonders of YouTube

Did you follow the COC's 2011/2012 season announcement closely and page through the brochure . . . and find yourself wanting more? More visuals, more music, more of a sense of what the next season at the COC is going to look, feel, and sound like? Fortunately for you, we have YouTube. YouTube is overflowing with opera clips, including clips of the productions and artists taking the stage next season. Here are clips relating to five of the operas we're preparing for 11/12. 

Iphigenia in Tauris

The production (by Robert Carsen) is very well-travelled, and audiences in Chicago, Madrid, San Francisco, and London have had a chance to see it. Of course, there is video evidence. Here's a trailer for the production as it was performed at Teatro Real in Madrid. Famed mezzo-soprano Susan Graham, who will be making her COC debut in the title role, is featured here (our Orestes will be Russell Braun).


More videos inside! Click "Read More" to see the rest of the post.


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The 2011/2012 Season Revealed!

This morning we announced our 2011/2012 season at a press conference that was streamed live over the internet (if you missed it, don't worry: you can watch the whole thing here).

Some highlights: 

  • Susan Graham, superstar American mezzo-soprano, will be singing the title role in Iphigenia in Tauris.
  • A new production of Rigoletto, directed by Christopher Alden, will be set in the 19th century. Check out some of the costume sketches here.
  • Phenomenal soprano Adrianne Pieczonka will sing the title role in Tosca. If you can't wait that long to hear her (or need proof of her powers), catch her a few months from now in Ariadne auf Naxos.
  • Love from Afar will be visually stunning. If you don't believe me, check out this YouTube video of the production as it was performed by the English National Opera in 2009. 
  • The Tales of Hoffmann will feature the COC debut of John Relyea.
  • The legendary Catherine Malfitano will be directing a double-bill: Zemlinsky's A Florentine Tragedy and Puccini's Gianni Schicchi. Both have beautiful music: have a listen here.
  • Semele will be performed at the COC for the very first time. The set will feature a Ming Dynasty ancestral temple. Take a look at the production photos here.


We also unveiled a new brand this morning (you may notice that the website looks a little different) as well as a new subscription series, Weekday Rush, that automatically upgrades you to the best available seats on the day of the performance. 

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



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