Soprano Othalie Graham, with her powerful voice, has made her mark on the opera world and is receiving critical acclaim internationally. Recently, Graham became an inductee of the Brampton Arts Walk of Fame, in Brampton, Ontario, which honors those “who have achieved excellence in the arts and entertainment industry.” As Turandot, Opera News says “Othalie Graham was a vocally secure Turandot, her gleaming tones well suited to the ice princess’s misanthropic resolve. The part is, in many ways, an unsympathetic one, but Graham’s interpretation was engaging to watch.” Also of her Turandot, EDGE Boston lauded: “The title role was sung by Othalie Graham, a remarkable Canadian soprano who has made something of a specialty of the grueling role, and has apparently survived unscathed. Her voice is sumptuous, with firmly-focused, penetrating highs… Those awesome high C’s were made even more impressive by her dead-on intonation. Possessing beauty, temperament and superb acting skills, Graham is destined for stardom in the world of opera.” This season’s engagements three productions of Turandot with Knoxville Opera, Detroit Symphony Orchestra, and Teatro Cervantes de Málaga in Málaga, Spain, and a Martin Luther King Jr. Tribute Concert with Bach Festival Society of Winter Park.
She portrayed the icy princess at opera houses around North America including Arizona Opera, Michigan Opera Theatre, Opera Columbus, Opera Delaware, Utah Festival Opera, Connecticut Grand Opera, Pensacola Opera, Sacramento Opera, and Nashville Opera. She also performed the role in concert numerous times with symphonies such as the Westfield Symphony Orchestra, the Harrisburg Symphony, and Boston’s Chorus pro Musica. Notable international engagements with the role include productions with Orquesta Filarmónica de la UNAM, Edmonton Opera, Grand National Theater of Peru, and Ópera de Nuevo León in Monterrey, Mexico.
In recent seasons, Ms. Graham built an impressive repertoire including many titular roles such as Aïda with Opera Carolina, Toledo Opera, Festival Euro Mediterraneo at Teatro Greco di Siracusa, and Istanbul International Opera Festival; Tosca and Ariadne auf Naxos with Festival Opera; and Elektra with Academy of Vocal Arts and Teatro di San Carlo. Additional recent engagements include the roles of Minnie in La fanciulla del West with Indianapolis Opera and Nashville Opera, Odabella in Atilla with Sarasota Opera, and Leonora in Il trovatore and Serena in Porgy and Bess with Toledo Opera. Emerging into the Wagnerian repertoire, Ms. Graham’s notable roles also include Senta in Der fliegende Holländer, Brünnhilde and Sieglinde in Wagner’s Der Ring des Nibelungen, and Isolde in Tristan und Isolde.
Ms. Graham is in high demand, gracing concert and recital stages worldwide. She is a Kennedy Center favorite, having appeared in concert as Isolde in Tristan und Isolde, Verdi and Wagner galas, and Mahler’s Symphony No. 8 with the Washington Chorus. She has appeared as Soprano Soloist in major works such as Elijah with Bryn Terfel and the Mormon Tabernacle Choir; Verdi’s Requiem with Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, Mississippi Symphony Orchestra, and The Händel Society of Dartmouth; Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 with Lima Symphony and Philadelphia Orchestra at the Mann Center; and as Serena in Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess with Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra and Springfield Symphony.
Additional highlights of her career include a New York recital début with the Liederkranz Society after winning its annual competition; a solo performance in “A Life in Opera – Celebrating Leontyne Price” with Springfield Symphony Orchestra; a Wagner concert co-sponsored by the Wagner Society of Washington D.C. featuring Brünnhilde’s Immolation Scene from Götterdämmerung and Isolde’s Liebestod from Tristan und Isolde; Isolde in Tristan und Isolde with the Young Musicians Foundation Orchestra in California; Brünnhilde excerpts from Die Walküre for the L’Opéra de Montréal gala; the Britten War Requiem with the Fondazione Orchestra Sinfonica e Coro Sinfonico di Milano Giuseppe Verdi with Maestro Xian Zhang; a featured appearance with Eve Queler at the Dahesh Museum of Art opera galas for Pacific Opera Victoria, Vancouver Opera, and Canada’s Oakville Symphony; an all Wagner concert with the Oakland East Bay Symphony; other Wagner Galas with the Orquesta Sinfonica de Xalapa in Mexico and Orquesta Filarmónica de la UNAM; a concert performance as Isolde in Tristan und Isolde in Zagreb, Croatia; a gala concert with the Philharmonic Orchestra of Sonora; and a series of concerts with ProMusica and Festival Opera.
Ms. Graham was the first-place winner of the Gerda Lissner International Vocal Competition in the Wagner Division, the first-place winner of the Joyce Dutka Competition, a recipient of the prestigious Sullivan Foundation Grant, and the first-place winner in the Wagner Division of the Liederkranz Competition. In Canada, her many awards and honors include the coveted Jean Chalmers prize in the Canadian Music Competition, winner of the Edward Johnson Competition, and first place in the Jeunes Ambassadeurs Lyriques Competition.