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“In Questa Reggia,” Puccini’s Turandot


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“In Questa Reggia,” Puccini’s Turandot

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Othalie Graham

Soprano

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 TurandotOpera 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.

Nov
2017

Nov-03
to
Nov-05
Turandot
Turandot
Teatro Cervantes de Málaga
Málaga, Spain
Feb
2018

Feb-21
to
Feb-23
Turandot
Turandot
Knoxville Opera
Knoxville, TN
Apr
2018

Apr-21
to
Apr-22
Martin Luther King Jr. Tribute Concert
Soloist
Bach Festival Society of Winter Park
Orlando, FL
Apr-21
to
Apr-22
African-American Masterpieces: Symphonic Spirituals
Soloist
Bach Society of Winter Park
Winter Park, FL
Jun
2018

Jun-08
to
Jun-10
Turandot
Turandot
Detroit Symphony Orchestra
Detroit, MI
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…evoked a state of profound contemplation…
All-Wagner Concert – “Soprano Othalie Graham evoked a state of profound contemplation over the audience with the elegaic ‘Liebestod’ from Tristan und Isolde.  Singing from memory, 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.  Her solo rendition of the ‘Ride of the Valkyrie’ with the women’s voices of The Washington Chorus garnered the soprano another round of ethusiastic response from the audience.” DC Performing Arts Examiner
…superb control and consummate taste…
Turandot  “This most impressive soprano not only has the sizeable voice that the role requires, she uses it with superb control and consummate taste. Dramatically, she…made a believable transition from Ice princess to passionate lover by the final duet….”Classical Music Daily
…engaging…
Turandot “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.” Opera Today
…no shortage of strength…
 Aïda  “Othalie Graham, making her Belk Theater debut, reminded me a little of Leontyne Price… There was no shortage of strength to the voice, piercing through the orchestra, the chorus, and the full phalanx of principals at the climax of the grand parade scene. Yet there is a bloom to Graham’s pianissimos that Price doesn’t match in her Decca recording with Solti, and there is also ample evidence of diva acting skills. At various times, we see her clearly as both royalty and a serving girl, without a jarring disconnect between the two.” – CVNC 
…a force of nature…
Elektra “Othalie Graham was just overwhelming – a force of nature. Not once did she fail to rise to the oncoming climaxes, and sustained, in Strauss’s words, ‘the tremendous increase in musical tension to the very end.” Philadelphia City Paper

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.

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