Graham's mezzo-soprano is a voice without regrets, healthy, rounded, ineffably musical, and eager for a challenge.

The New Yorker

Susan Graham, mezzo-soprano
Malcolm Martineau, piano

Rückert Lieder
Selected songs
Iconic Legacies: First Ladies at the Smithsonian
A true season highlight! Susan Graham's recital appearances are rare and precious events, since the mezzo-soprano is constantly traveling the globe to sing major roles in the world's great opera houses. With longtime collaborator Malcolm Martineau, Graham serves up a sumptuous and intimate program of musical favorites, including tender love songs by Mahler, languid art songs by French-Venezuelan composer Reynaldo Hahn, and a poignant work by American composer Jake Heggie that imagines the effect that famous objects in the Smithsonian Institution might have had on American first ladies. "Her combination of sophistication and sincerity, flexibility and secure core, is perfect" (The New York Times).


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Program Notes

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