Rachael Walters Brightwell
- Associate Director for Programing and Outreach
Hailed as "an artist to treasure" by the New York Times, and “America’s favorite mezzo” by Gramophone, vocalist Susan Graham rose to the highest echelon of international performers shortly after her debut, mastering an astonishing repertoire and rage of genres along the way. Interestingly, this distinctly American artist is known as one of the foremost exponents of French vocal music.
Her operatic roles span four centuries, from Monteverdi’s Poppea to Sister Helen Prejean in Jake Heggie’s Dead Man Walking, which was written especially for her. She won a Grammy Award for her collection of Ives songs, and her recital repertoire is so broad that 14 composers from Purcell to Sondheim are represented on her most recent Onyx album, Virgins, Vixens & Viragos.