Famed soprano Denyce Graves on campus November 9-10
International opera superstar Denyce Graves will be at IU South Bend on November 9 and 10 for two days of exclusive performance and instruction. Her powerful mezzo-soprano voice has been heard in the world’s finest opera houses, on The Oprah Winfrey Show, and in the White House. Graves is particularly recognized by opera audiences for her title role performances in Carmen and Samson et Delila.
Recognized worldwide as one of today's most exciting vocal stars, Graves continues to gather unparalleled popular and critical acclaim in performances on four continents. USA Today identifies her as "an operatic superstar of the 21st Century.” The combination of her expressive, rich vocalism, elegant stage presence, and exciting theatrical abilities allows her to pursue a wide breadth of operatic portrayals and to delight audiences in concert and recital.
Graves is a native of Washington, D.C., where she attended the Duke Ellington School for the Performing Arts. She continued her education at Oberlin College Conservatory of Music and the New England Conservatory.
Her career has taken her to the world's great opera houses and concert halls. She has become particularly well-known to operatic audiences for her portrayals of the title roles in Carmen and Samson et Dalila. These signature roles have brought Graves to the Metropolitan Opera, Vienna Staatsoper, Royal Opera, Covent Garden, San Francisco Opera, Opéra National de Paris, Lyric Opera of Chicago, The Washington Opera, Oper Berlin, Los Angeles Opera, and the Festival Maggio Musicale in Florence.
Graves sang the opening night performance of the Metropolitan Opera's 1997-98 season of Carmen in the title role, opposite Plácido Domingo. Ms. Graves later appeared in a new production of Samson et Dalila opposite Domingo at the Met.
Graves’ visit is supported by grants from the Community Foundation of St. Joseph County’s African American Fund, the Indiana Arts Commission, and the South Bend/Mishawaka Convention and Visitors Bureau.
On Friday, November 9 at 7:30 p.m. she will give an exclusive solo performance in the Campus Auditorium of Northside Hall. On Saturday, November 10 at noon she will hold a two-hour masterclass for specially selected IU South Bend vocal students. The class will be open to the public for observation. The Ernestine M. Raclin School of the Arts is honored and excited to welcome this inspirational talent to our campus. Save the date!