A French Celebration with Susan Graham

11 - 22 July 2015


RAVEL Trois Poèmes de Stéphane Mallarmé
RAVEL Piano Trio in A minor
RESPIGHI Il tramonto
FRANCK Piano Quintet in F minor


Susan Graham Mezzo-Soprano
Karen Gomyo Violin
Ike See Violin
Christopher Moore Viola
Timo-Veikko Valve Cello
Christian Ihle Hadland Piano

"a thrilling and memorable concert." ★★★★★ Limelight Magazine, 14 July

"Susan Graham is an artist at the height of her powers." The Australian, 14 July

“It is hard to imagine anyone but Ravel setting the exquisite but slippery poetry of ur-symbolist Stephane Mallarme. And it is hard to imagine a better performance of this otherworldly work.” Sydney Morning Herald, 15 July 2015

Susan Graham is not just one of the world’s favourite mezzo-sopranos. She has also been awarded the Chevalier de la Legion d’Honneur, Ordre des Artes et Lettres, one of France’s most prestigious awards, an honour she shares with the likes of Rudolf Nureyev, Philip Glass and Cate Blanchett. She earned the Legion d’Honneur for her passionate commitment to the music of France. Now she brings a very personal selection of repertoire from
La Belle Epoque.

Christopher Moore, Ike See, Timo-Veikko Valve, guest pianist Christian Hadland and guest violinist Karen Gomyo join Graham to explore the inscrutable ‘je ne sais quoi’ of music by Ravel and Franck.
Lose yourself in Respighi’s evocative depiction of a sunset and enjoy a master musician’s homage to ‘magicien des mots’, Stéphane Mallarmé. Then close your eyes and let your imagination roam to the exquisite sounds of piano and strings.
Free pre-concert talks:
Adelaide Town Hall, with Eugene Ragghianti
Tue 21 Jul 7.15pm
Melbourne Recital Centre, with Caroline Almonte
Mon 20 Jul 7.15pm
Newcastle City Hall, with Ken Healey
Sat 11 Jul 6.45pm
Perth Concert Hall, with Marilyn Philips
Wed 22 Jul 6.45pm
Sydney - City Recital Hall Angel Place, with Ken Healey
Tue 14 Jul 7.15pm
Wed 15 Jul 6.15pm
Fri 17 Jul 12.45pm
Sat 18 Jul 6.15pm


'America’s favorite mezzo'

Cleveland Plain Dealer

'It is impossible to take eyes or ears off of Susan Graham whenever she is onstage. At almost 6 feet, the American mezzo-soprano is a commanding presence in opera or concert. And once Graham opens her mouth, a listener can only submit to a lustrous voice that abounds in expressive colors …'

New York Times

'The American mezzo-soprano Susan Graham has for the better part of a decade impressed audiences with her creamy singing and chiseled characterizations …'