About the artist:
HGO Studio alumna Denyce Graves has performed with the company as Delilah in Samson and Delilah (2002), Carmen (1994) and Mercedes (1988) in Carmen, Suzuki in Madame Butterfly (1990), Emilia in Otello (1989), and Sister Mathilde in Dialogues of the Carmelites (1989). Her career has taken her to the world’s great opera houses and concert halls. She is particularly well-known to operatic audiences for her portrayals of the title roles in Carmen and Samson et Dalila, which besides HGO have brought her to the Metropolitan Opera, Vienna Staatsoper, Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, San Francisco Opera, Opéra National de Paris, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Washington National Opera, Bavarian State Opera, Arena di Verona, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Zurich Opera, Teatro Real in Madrid, The Dallas Opera, Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires, Los Angeles Opera, and the Festival Maggio Musicale in Florence. Graves appears continually on the stages of leading theaters in North America, Europe, and Asia. Recent appearances include the world premieres of Douglas J. Cuomo’s Doubt at Minnesota Opera and Terence Blanchard’s Champion at Opera Theatre of St. Louis, as well as role debuts of Katisha in The Mikado at Lyric Opera of Kansas City and Herodias in Salome at Palm Beach Opera. In the 2021-22 season, Graves returned to the Metropolitan Opera as Maria in James Robinson’s acclaimed production of Porgy and Bess. On the concert stage, she joined the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus under the direction of Yannick Nézet-Séguin for a special, season-opening performance of Mahler’s Symphony No. 2 Resurrection, and joined the Dallas Symphony Orchestra for a concert honoring Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.