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date: 12 November 2019

Graham, Susan locked

  • Alan Blyth
  • , revised by Jonas Westover

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(b Roswell, NM, July 23, 1960). American mezzo-soprano. She studied at Texas Tech University and the Manhattan School of Music, eventually winning the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions in 1988. After engagements with the St. Louis Opera (Erika in Vanessa) and in Seattle, Chicago, and Washington, she made her first Metropolitan appearances in the 1991–2 season as Octavian and Cherubino. She sang Cecilius (Lucio Silla) at Salzburg in 1993 and made her Covent Garden debut the following year in the title part of Massenet’s Chérubin. She has also appeared at the Vienna Staatsoper, La Scala, Glyndebourne, and the Paris Opéra, variously as Cherubino, Octavian, the Composer, Berlioz’s Beatrice, Charlotte (Werther), and Marguerite (La Damnation de Faust). In 1995 she sang the title role in the premiere of Goehr’s Arianna at Covent Garden. Other premieres include John Harbison’s The Great Gatsby (...

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