Susan Graham
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Susan Graham
Susan Graham is an American mezzo-soprano. Raised in Midland, Texas, she is a graduate of Texas Tech University and the Manhattan School of Music. She studied the piano for 13 years. She was a winner in the Metropolitan Opera's National Council Auditions, and also a recipient of the Schwabacher Award from the Merola Program of San Francisco Opera. Graham made her international début at Covent Garden in 1994, playing Massenet's Chérubin.
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Act I: Friendship. Act II: Love. Act III: Marriage.
NYTimes - 5 months
After 33 years of friendship, Susan Graham, the opera singer, and Clay Brakeley, a designer of theatrical lighting, were married Sept. 17 at the Las Campanas Country Club in Santa Fe, N.M.
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Lulu, Live at the Met and in Your Local Movie Theater
Huffington Post - about 1 year
You have to consider yourself fortunate, on these cold nights when it's dark by six o'clock, that you can see a performance from the Metropolitan Opera in a movie house close to home. That would be Live at the Met, of course, the filmed opera series shown in movie theaters -- "live" when the screenings take place at the same time as the performance in New York; otherwise, an "encore" performance. (According to the Met, the filmed operas are shown on more than 2,000 screens in 70 countries.) That's how I was able to see the Met's acclaimed Lulu at the cozy little Lark Theater, in Marin County, CA. Here in the Bay Area, of course, we have San Francisco Opera, which has been doing a wonderful job scheduling diverse offerings from "chestnuts" such as Rossini's The Barber of Seville (through December 9) to the upcoming double feature The Fall of the House of Usher (Gordon Getty and Debussy, December 8-13). But even SF Opera is probably not going to be mounting Lulu anytime soon; and ...
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Bloodlust: A New Production of 'Lulu' at the Metropolitan Opera
Huffington Post - over 1 year
Richard Wagner was the person who championed the term gesamkunstwerk, a unification of all the artistic mediums by way of the theatre. In a world where performances that are uniformly strong across every discipline are few and far between, the Met's current staging of Alban Berg's Lulu, in a new production by visual artist William Kentridge in his second outing at the Met, achieves that gesamkunstwerk status and is a standout. Kentridge's aesthetic is ink. Constantly-changing black ink drawings are projected onto the stage during the entire performance, sometimes obviously reflecting the drama onstage, sometimes transforming into rorschach blots, sometimes setting the scene, and sometimes adding to the drama itself, helping bridge the gaps between the drama and the music. Disorienting at points? Yes, but the story is so engrossing that it almost doesn't matter. Lulu is a lurid story about an object of desire, Lulu herself, and the lengths to which both Lulu and her admirers go to ...
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Welcome To The 'American Idol' Of The Opera World
Huffington Post - almost 2 years
This year fifteen hundred competitors sang their hearts out in front of a table of judges for the chance to be launched into stardom. But they weren't singing pop ballads to get on television screens -- they were singing opera arias for a chance to compete on stage at the Metropolitan Opera. The Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions have been a tradition since the 1930s and are designed to find budding opera stars in their formative years. "[Winning the National Council Auditions] was a direct link to starting my career," famed soprano Angela Meade told The Huffington Post. Before the auditions, Meade was a student at the Academy of Vocal Arts in Philadelphia. But months after winning the 2007 Auditions, the Met asked Meade to be the understudy to Elvira in Verdi’s “Ernani,” an impressive role for any established or emerging star. When the principal soprano fell ill, Meade was called in with 24 hours’ notice to make her premiere, which launched her into the spotlight. ...
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George Heymont: Awash in Nostalgia
Huffington Post - almost 4 years
Some people believe that hindsight is 20/20. I think it's warped by sentimentality, wishful thinking, and rose-colored glasses. Whether one listens to Betty Buckley singing "Memory" from Andrew Lloyd Weber's long-running musical, Cats, or Barbra Streisand's version of the title song from 1973's The Way We Were, memory tends to play tricks on clarity. Most memories are subjective rather than objective. As we age and grow fonder of time gone by, there's a tendency to embellish the highs and sugar coat the lows. When put into song, nostalgia can come in a variety of flavors. In 1937, Fred Astaire introduced an instant classic written by George and Ira Gershwin for Shall We Dance. In 1969, Jerry Herman's troubled musical, Dear World, contained this wistful, heartrending gem: In July 2008, when City Center Encores! revived 1955's Damn Yankees with Jane Krakowski as Lola, the Devil was played by Sean Hayes with a gleefully malevolent yearning for the past. ...
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WATCH: San Francisco Couple Searches For 'Supergays'
Huffington Post - almost 4 years
Even though California is still fighting its battles, the LGBT community has long found an ally in San Francisco. But in an effort to better understand the community's struggles at large, one local lesbian couple took a trip outside the bubble. San Franciscans Jenni Chang and Lisa Dazols traveled through Asia, Africa and South America with a video camera in hand, hoping to document LGBT stories from around the world. "We're so lucky to be from San Francisco," said Dazols. "We wanted to see what queer life was like outside the west." And what they found were supergays. "We found extraordinary lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender individuals who are leading the momentum on the gay movement," explained the couple in a blog post. "People we call 'supergays.'" In their blog "Out & Around," Chang and Dazols featured the people they met on their travels, sharing their stories online. "I lost a lot of people in my life when I came out, so I went on this tr ...
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Laying on of hands over the president
San Francisco Chronicle - about 4 years
Laying on of hands over the president Karen Clopton, chief administrative law judge of the California Public Utilities Commission and also leader of the San Francisco chapter of Jack and Jill of America, an African American family and philanthropic organization, attended President Obama's inaugural festivities with her two daughters, Julia, 13, and Olivia, 16. Representatives of the Jack and Jill contingent, she said, had been talking with officials of the 175-year-old Metropolitan African Methodist Episcopal Church in Washington since November about attending the Sunday services. Bay Area-bred UC San Diego student Rebekah Dyer turned 21 on Monday, and her boyfriend took her out to celebrate at an Italian restaurant in La Jolla. Among the many friends with fond memories of George Gund III, whose memorial service is at 2 p.m. Friday at Grace Cathedral, is Graziella Danieli. -- Several music lovers called about Susan Graham's performance of "La Vie en Rose" at h ...
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It's a tale that wags the dogma
San Francisco Chronicle - about 4 years
It's a tale that wags the dogma At School of the Madeleine, a Catholic institution, there's music, and there are foreign languages taught, and there are uniforms. Nonetheless, "the website seems to stress the Catholic dogma," says the parent, apparently surprised that Catholicism would be stressed at a Catholic school. If you've ever wondered about what modern tales might be spun by a 21st century version of the Grimm brothers, the label says that the product contains odor-fighting 'atomic robots' that 'shoot lasers' at your 'stench monsters' and replaces them with fresh, clean masculine 'scent elves. -- Adda Dada saw the bumper sticker on a hybrid car: "It's time to put 'CIVIL' in Civilization." -- A Chronicle colleague in the audience at last Wednesday's Davies Hall recital by Renée Fleming and Susan Graham says the audience received the singers with such enthusiasm that there were several encores. When it was time to walk through the metal detector, a man ...
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Metorpolitan Opera’s “Live in HD” returns to Virginia Western Community College (w/ video)
Roanoke.com - over 4 years
From my Inbox to you. Below you can find the cost of tickets and the schedule. For lots more information visit the “Met Opera Series” page at VWCC’s web site. If you have a particular favorite on the list you want to talk about, feel free to do so in the comments. —MikeA 2012-13 Live in HD Schedule Tickets for general admission seating for the 2012-2013 season will be available as follows: August 24 to Qualified Met members, Friday, August 31 to Opera Roanoke subscribers and Tuesday, September 4 to the General Public. $18      Met Members, Opera Roanoke Subscribers and Senior Citizens $20      Adult $10      Students (with current valid school ID) $10      Children Tickets may be purchased individually online or at the door one hour prior to performance. Contact Opera Roanoke for season subscriptions. Donizetti’s L’Elisir d’Amore - New Production October 13, 2012; 12:55 PM (Approx. run time 3:02) Anna Netrebko and Matthew Polenzani star in Bartlett Sher’s new pr ...
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Napa Valley Fest del Sole toasts classical, theater
San Francisco Chronicle - over 4 years
Napa Valley Fest del Sole toasts classical, theater Mezzo Susan Graham, violinist Joshua Bell, baritone Nathan Gunn, soprano Danielle de Niese - patrons of Napa Valley's 7-year-old Festival del Sole know to expect such superstars of classical music at the prestigious 10-day festival. " "In theater, we talk a lot about a willingness to take risks. Festival executive producer Charles Letourneau calls it "a little experiment" - a phrase that keeps popping up when he tells the history of "this little network of festivals" stretching from Singapore to Boca Raton to Abu Dhabi. Theater is just one of the latest additions to what started as one festival of classical music, food, wine and "wellness" programs. The whole idea of an artists management agency getting into producing festivals was a pretty radical experiment when IMG Artists - where Letourneau is director of special projects - began doing so 1o years ago. Seduction, Smoke and Music, a concert-play about Cho ...
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Pace Race Draws Record Crowd
Buckhead Patch - almost 5 years
More than 400 runners and spectators participated in Pace Academy's 30th Annual Pace Race held last Saturday, May 5,. The event included a one-mile fun run/walk, a 5K race, games and entertainment.  Proceeds from the event will support the renovation of the school’s Boyd Gym, originally built in 1966 and used for athletic games and physical education. Camp Magnolia and Honda Carland were the Pace Race Presenting Sponsors, and Pace parent Susan Graham served as event chair. Overall winners of the one-mile race were, for the boys: fourth-grader Ben Crawford (first); fourth-grader Daniel Lucke (second); and Lovett student Charlie Raulet (third). For the girls: fifth-grader Kayla Ross (first); fifth-grader Madeline Janki (second); and third grader Madeline Simpson (third). Pace Race 5K winners were, for the men: Pace sophomore Josh Rogers (first); Ryan Bell (second); and Pace parent Brian Ritchie (third); For the women: Pace Middle School teacher Holly Jimenez ...
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"QUIET" Makes Noise at Film Fests
Pre-Canada.net - almost 5 years
With same-sex marriage one of the hottest political topics in America, the issue becomes both personal and practical in Lauren Fash's compelling new short film QUIET, now an official selection of five film festivals including receiving honors at the California International Shorts Film Festival. SYNOPSIS: Following a tragic accident that leaves her partner Sam (Jaclyn Betham) hospitalized, Ali (Susan Graham) poses as Sam's sister to disguise the true nature of their relationship. After her ruse is revealed in a jarring confrontation with an imperious nurse (Caroline Bielskis), Ali confesses that she and Sam were actually spouses. With Texas not recognizing their...
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DANIEL CURRAN and ADAM LAU – Schwabacher Debut Recitals, April 22nd
San Francisco Sentinel - almost 5 years
Sean Martinfield Arts Contributor San Francisco Opera Center presents the 30th season of the Schwabacher Debut Recitals on Sunday, April 22 at 5:30 p.m. at Temple Emanu-El’s Martin Meyer Sanctuary (Two Lake Street, at Arguello, in San Francisco). The series begins with Merola Opera Program alumni tenor Daniel Curran and bass Adam Lau performing an eclectic program of works by Franz Schubert, Robert Schumann, William Bolcom, Henri Duparc, Carl Loewe, Paolo Tosti and Modest Mussorgsky. Curran and Lau will be accompanied by San Francisco Opera Adler Fellow pianist Robert Mollicone. A 2011 Merola alumnus, tenor Daniel Curran’s performance selection will include Schubert’s Nacht und Träume, Schumann’s Mondnacht, Duparc’s Phidylé and Tosti’s Ideale. While in the Merola Opera Program, Curran performed the role of “Count Almaviva” in Merola’s production of Il Barbiere di Siviglia. His recent engagements include a collaboration with the Juilliard Historical Performance Program and the rol ...
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Christmas dinner on USS George H.W. Bush [Image 2 of 2]
DVIDS - about 5 years
Culinary Specialist 1st Class <a class="fplink fp-705278" href="/susan+graham">Susan Graham</a> serves ham to Culinary Specialist 1st Class Carrol Williams during a Christmas dinner held aboard the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush for the ship's crew and family members. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Timothy Walter)
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Opera Star Susan Graham to Sing at CSUN
Chatsworth Patch - about 5 years
Musical America’s 2004 Vocalist of the Year, mezzo-soprano <a class="fplink fp-705278" href="/susan+graham">Susan Graham</a>, will perform Jan. 18 at CSUN’s Valley Performing Arts Center.  Her program will be selected from works by Duparc, Horowitz, Liszt, Mendelssohn, Poulenc, Purcell, Schubert, Schumann, Sondheim, Wolf and Noel Coward. This dynamic mezzo has sung on the great stages of the world, including the Metropolitan Opera, the San Francisco Opera, Covent Garden, La Scala, the Royal Opera House, the Paris National Opera and the Vienna State Opera.  As a soloist, she has appeared with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the New York Philharmonic Orchestra, the Philadelphia orchestra and the Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra, to name just a few. She has appeared in recital in Austria, Canada, England, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Spain and the U.S. A delegate for UNESCO, she performed at the second inauguration of George W. Bush, singing Bless This House. Graham’s com ...
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Clearing the Table
Education Week - over 5 years
Thank you for pulling up a chair, but after four years, it's time to make space for someone else at the table. I'm off In Pursuit of Wisdom. - Susan Graham
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Testing Smoke and Mirrors
Education Week - over 5 years
News from our nation's capital: The District's rates of childhood obesity, sexually transmitted disease and teen pregnancy are among the country's highest. For several years Periodic surveys have detailed student attitudes toward risky behavior, but officials said the annual test will fill gaps in their understanding of what young people know and why they might behave the way they do. So, you'll be relieved to know that D.C. public and public charter schools, which annually test student progress in reading and math, will also measure what they know about human sexuality, contraception and drug use starting this spring. The 50-question exam will be the nation's first statewide standardized test on health and sex education, according to the Office of the State Superintendent of Education, which developed the assessment for grades 5, 8 and 10. To be fair, I went to look at the sample questions provided at both the 5th and 12th grade level which were drawn fr ...
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His craft has a melody all its own - The Westerly Sun
Google News - over 5 years
The self-proclaimed “Cellar Gang” – Susan Graham, Sally Sargent, Virginia Wootten, Anny Payne, Laure Zhelena and Carmel Bourneuf – joins him weekly to learn a few tricks of the trade. Harps are among the group&#39;s favorite instruments to make
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Judge modifies order against business owner - The Beacon Herald
Google News - over 5 years
However, the court ordered only Susan Graham will have access to the accounts. JD Graham was ordered to resign any office or directorship with Planet Lovers (P&#39;lovers), though he may continue to work there -- but without a salary. Susan Graham is now
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The Big Interview: Susan Graham, the six-foot diva - Toronto Star
Google News - over 5 years
Everything about Susan Graham is super-sized: her talent, her smile, her heart and — of course — the lady herself. The world-renowned diva who&#39;s opening the Canadian Opera Company&#39;s season on Sept. 22 in the title role of Gluck&#39;s Iphigenia in Tauris
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Susan Graham
    THIRTIES
  • 2003
    Graham is a noted champion of the French song repertoire and of songs by contemporary American composers, including Ned Rorem and Lowell Liebermann. Graham made her Carnegie Hall recital debut in April 2003, and a recording of this recital was later released. Graham sang "Bless This House" at George W. Bush's second inauguration on January 20, 2005, and Schubert's "Ave Maria" at the nationally televised funeral mass for Senator Edward M. Kennedy of Massachusetts on August 29, 2009.
    More Details Hide Details She is a US delegate for UNESCO. Her operatic roles include: Some of the recordings have also received awards. See below. 1992 1995 1996 1997 1998 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2008 2010
  • TWENTIES
  • 1994
    Graham made her international début at Covent Garden in 1994, playing Massenet's Chérubin.
    More Details Hide Details She has also premièred several roles in contemporary operas, including John Harbison's The Great Gatsby (Jordan Baker), Jake Heggie's Dead Man Walking (Sister Helen Prejean), and Tobias Picker's An American Tragedy (Sondra Finchley).
  • OTHER
  • 1960
    Born in 1960.
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