Lynn Wyatt Great Artist 2013–14
Mezzo-soprano (United States)
Herodias in Salome. Previously at HGO: Prince Orlovsky in Die Fledermaus (2013); Composer in Ariadne auf Naxos (2011); title roles in Xerxes (2010) and in The Coronation of Poppea (2006); Idamante in Idomeneo (2005); Hanna Glawari in The Merry Widow (2003); title role in Ariodante (2002).
About the Artist: Grammy Award–winner and Texas native Susan Graham performs a wide range of repertoire from Monteverdi’sPoppea to Jake Heggie’s Sister Helen Prejean (Dead Man Walking), which was written especially for her. Graham enjoyed early success in trouser roles such as Cherubino in The Marriage of Figaro and later in the title roles of Handel’s Ariodante and Xerxes. The Strauss roles Octavian (Der Rosenkavalier) and the Composer (Ariadne auf Naxos) introduced her to the world’s major opera companies, including the Metropolitan Opera; Lyric Opera of Chicago; San Francisco Opera; the Royal Opera, Covent Garden; La Scala; and the opera companies of Paris, Munich, Salzburg, and Vienna. She created the female leads in the Met’s world premieres of John Harbison’s The Great Gatsby and Tobias Picker’s An American Tragedy. Numerous new productions have been mounted for her in New York, London, Paris, Chicago, and San Francisco, and, most recently, Santa Fe (The Grand Duchess of Gerolstein). As one of today’s foremost interpreters of French vocal music, Graham was given the title of Chevalier dans l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the French government. Her discography includes a Grammy Award–winning album of the songs of Charles Ives, and she has won Musical America’s Vocalist of the Year Award and an Opera News Award.