Grammy Award-winner Susan Graham is a legend.
For decades, the mezzo-soprano has been one of opera’s greatest stars. She’s shared her voice with audiences worldwide and mastered an astonishing range of repertoire from classics like the title character in Monteverdi’s The Coronation of Poppea (unforgettable at LA Opera in 2006) to Sister Helen Prejean in Jake Heggie’s Dead Man Walking (a role written for her). This season, she adds another great role to her expanding resume: Artistic Advisor to LA Opera’s Domingo-Colburn-Stein young artists.
“I can’t wait to share what I have learned and experienced over my career with a new generation and to help these young artists find their most expressive, most committed voices,” says Graham. “What a bonus that it’s in Los Angeles, one of my new residences. I’ve always felt very at home at the LA Opera, and now even more so.”
As Artistic Advisor, Graham will provide direct mentorship to the young artists (including this year’s two new additions to the program Juan Carlos Heredia and Taylor Raven) in the skills, methodologies and philosophies required for building a long-term career like her own, echoing our philosophy for the program, which is designed to refine potential to create complete artists—insightful, sensitive and communicative—not just skilled technicians. Graham will also work with our artistic leadership team (including President and CEO Christopher Koelsch) to create performance opportunities for the participants, both here at LA Opera and beyond.
We’re thrilled to have Graham as a mentor to our young artists and look forward to sharing her words of wisdom as she begins working with them.
For more information about the Domingo-Colburn-Stein Young Artist Program, click here.LA Opera is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to the greater good.