Susan Graham Completes U.S. Recital Tour With Carnegie Hall Concert

Classic Arts News   Susan Graham Completes U.S. Recital Tour With Carnegie Hall Concert
Mezzo-soprano Susan Graham and pianist Malcolm Martineau finish up an eight-city U.S. recital tour tonight with a much-anticipated concert of French m_lodies in Isaac Stern Auditorium at Carnegie Hall in New York City.

The 23 composers represented on the program include Bizet, Franck, Chabrier, Debussy, Duparc, Ravel, Faur_ and Poulenc. Graham says that "It's a rich tapestry and it provides a delicious variety of romantic, saucy, lush, humorous and offbeat songs. I wasn't familiar with many of them before, including Faur_'s rarely heard Vocalise-Etude, but I have truly fallen in love with each one. Some are heartbreaking, some are dramatic — almost operatic — in scope, like Bachelet's Chre nuit. There are animal songs, nature songs, love songs, songs about love manqu_, and some subtle French humor thrown in for fun."

Graham frequently sings French song, opera and operetta, and last fall completed an acclaimed run of performances in Gluck's Iphig_nie en Tauride at Lyric Opera of Chicago.

The three-week tour began on January 8 in Florida at Sarasota's Ringling Museum and also took in Chapel Hill, North Carolina; Kansas City; Appleton, Wisconsin; Chicago; Boston; and Washington, DC.

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