Saturday, June 2, 2012

'Soprano Othalie Graham to debut as soloist with two major American orchestras'

Sergio Mims forwards this press release on Othalie Graham:

Soprano Othalie Graham to debut as soloist with two major American orchestras

Canadian American soprano Othalie Graham will make symphonic debuts as soloist with the Philadelphia Orchestra on June 27 in the Beethoven Ninth and the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra on October 11 in the Defiant Requiem, conceived by Murray Sidlin.

"The Canadian soprano's timbre and power were thrilling - steely ring from top to bottom - and her path from imperiousness to passion was convincing." said The Boston Globe of her 2009 performance of Puccini's Turandot."

Ms. Graham will make her debut with the Philadelphia Orchestra on June 27, 2012 at 8 p.m. in the Beethoven Ninth Symphony conducted by Xian Xhang, who is also making her debut with the orchestra in this performance. The other vocal soloists for the performance are also from her alma mater, The Academy of Vocal Arts (AVA).

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Of her recent performance at The Kennedy Center, the D. C. Performing Arts Examiner noted, "Soprano Othalie Graham evoked a state of profound contemplation over the audience with the elegaic 'Liebestod' from Tristan und Isolde[...]Graham was able to fully connect to the music in the context of the opera, with conductor Julian Wachner and the orchestra magically creating the scene.  Ending with her eyes transfixed into the vastness of the hall, the transcendental moment was accorded with ecstatic applause." 

Ms. Graham a few months ago made her debut as Mimmie in  "La fanciulla del West" by Puccini.  "Graham’s exquisite artistry goes beyond her vocal prowess to include consummate acting skills. Whether poignantly telling us about Minnie’s “$30 worth” of education, playing a game of poker to save the man she loves or later pleading for his life before a lynch mob, Graham masterfully reveals the strength, tenderness and ultimate integrity of her character." said Evan Donnell at Arts Now Nashville.

Later this fall, Ms. Graham will make her widely anticipated debut with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra with guest conductor, Maestro Murray Sidlin on October 11, 2012 at 8:00 p.m.  Conceived by Sidlin, the "Defiant Requiem" is a performance of Verdi's beloved work that serves as an homage to the performances that were given in Terezin concentration camp.  The performance will be a multi-media presentation with testimonies from surviving members of the choir.  Joining Graham will be her esteemed colleagues, mezzo-soprano Susana Poretsky, tenor Mark Panuccio and bass Alfred Walker.

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Ms. Graham is represented by:

Uzan International Artists
250 West 57th Street, Suite 1932
New York, NY 10107

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