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

A true season highlight! Susan Graham's recital appearances are rare and precious events, since the mezzo-soprano is often crisscrossing the globe to sing major roles in the world's great opera houses. Here, with longtime collaborator Malcolm Martineau, Graham explores more intimate, delicate repertoire than her operatic roles allow. The program includes two exquisite song cycles—Mahler's Rückert-Lieder and Berlioz' Les nuits d'été—that showcase her stunning ability to conjure a vast emotional and poetic terrain, along with songs by Handel, Mozart, and Hahn. "Her combination of sophistication and sincerity, flexibility and secure core, is perfect" (The New York Times).

Approximate run time of this performance is 1 hour and 30 minutes, including intermission


Related Events

Master Class
Mon, Feb 10, 2020, 6:30pm
125 Morrison Hall
Pianist Malcolm Martineau—a frequent and popular visitor at Cal Performances—will conduct a master class for vocalists in the UC Berkeley Dept. of Music, focusing on the singer/pianist partnership. Free and open to observers.

Major support for public programs provided by Bank of America.

Donor Benefits

Donor Event: Post-Performance Reception
Sun, Feb 9
Upper Lobby, Hertz Hall
(Donors of $2,250+)
Join us after this stunning performance to enjoy dessert and a glass of wine.

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Mt. Beautiful wines generously donated by Leigh Teece in appreciation of Cal Performances' education outreach.

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Program Notes

Program notes are available online. [PDF]