Susan Graham | Meet the Artists
Mezzo-soprano. Mrs. De Rocher in Dead Man Walking.
When Dead Man Walking had its world premiere in San Francisco in 2000, Susan portrayed Sister Helen Prejean, the lead female role that was written especially for her. She returns to this new production from WNO to captivate audiences as Mrs. De Rocher, the mother of the death row inmate.
Other roles that have brought Susan considerable acclaim include Octavian in Der Rosenkavalier, the Composer in Ariadne auf Naxos, Dido in Les Troyens, the title role in Iphigénie en Tauride, and Jordan Baker in the original production of The Great Gatsby.
Fun fact! At the start of Susan’s now-illustrious career, she was oftentimes cast in a “trouser” role – when a woman portrays a young man on stage. Susan’s mezzo-soprano voice was perfect for these roles, which included Cherubino in The Marriage of Figaro and Stéphano in Roméo et Juliette.
“Graham’s voice is an instrument of extraordinary tonal control, yet seems utterly effortless in production…. It is as though she directly addresses each individual in the audience.” – Sydney Morning Herald
Buy tickets for Dead Man Walking to see this opera superstar live.