1 April 2017

Susan Graham Appointed to Artistic Advisor Role with LA Opera's Domingo-Coburn-Stein Young Artist Program

American Mezzo to Begin Mentoring Young Artists Beginning with the 2017-18 Season

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SUSAN GRAHAM will take on the role of artistic advisor to LA Opera's Domingo-Coburn-Stein Young Artist Program beginning with the 2017-18 season, Plácido Domingo, LA Opera's general director, announced today. 

As part of the arrangement, Graham will spend at least ten weeks in residence with LA Opera each season, mentoring the program's young artists in the skills and efforts needed to build a long-term career. The appointment of an artist of Graham's caliber amounts to a significant coup for LA Opera and the Domingo-Colburn-Stein program, which is currently in its tenth season. 

"It’s a real privilege to partner with Plácido Domingo on such an important program," Graham said in a statement issued by LA Opera. “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. 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."

Graham began the current season alongside Renée Fleming and Michael Tilson Thomas at the San Francisco Symphony’s opening-night gala, before singing Dido in Lyric Opera of Chicago performances Les Troyens. In May, she will take part in the Metropolitan Opera's 50th Anniversary gala, and in June, July and August she will sing the role of Orlofsky in Santa Fe Opera's performances of Fledermaus. The mezzo first appeared at LA Opera in 2006 performances of L'Incoronazione di Poppea—in which she sang the title role—and she returned to the company the following season for the title role in performances of The Merry Widow. In 2013, she took part in a dual recital at the company with soprano Renée Fleming. 

Established during the 2006-07 season, the Domingo-Colburn-Stein Young Artist Program has hosted fifty-eight singers and nine conductors and coaches, eight of whom have gone on to make their Metropolitan Opera debuts. Alumni from the program have appeared with North American companies that include Seattle Opera, San Francisco Opera, Houston Grand Opera and Washington National Opera, as well as international companies that include Deutsche Oper Berlin, Berlin Staatsoper, Salzburg Festival, La Scala, Royal Opera House Covent Garden, English National Opera, Rome Opera, Zurich Opera at Barcelona's Gran Teatre del Liceu. spacer 

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