The Augusta Opera and Paine College Host Opera Master Class with Mezzo-Soprano Denyce Graves

Posted by ncarter | 08/25/2010 06:07 AM

AUGUSTA, GA - World-renowned mezzo-soprano Denyce Graves will conduct a Master Class with local voice students on Saturday, September 18, 2010 at 10:30 a.m.  The event, sponsored by The Augusta Opera and Paine College is part of the Lyceum Series and will be held at Gilbert-Lambuth Memorial Chapel at Paine College. Four vocal students from Augusta State University, Paine College, University of South Carolina at Aiken, and the private voice studio of Sandra Walker have been selected to participate. This event is open to the public and free for all area students. Non-students are welcome to attend and a $5 donation is requested.
This Master Class comes the morning after Ms. Graves' concert performance at St. Paul's presented by The Augusta Opera and the Westobou Festival.
“The Paine College community is honored and delighted to host the Master Class," said Dr. Cheryl Evans-Jones, Executive Assistant to the President and Title III Coordinator at Paine College. "We are pleased to host this wonderful educational experience in the Gilbert-Lambuth Memorial Chapel and we welcome the CSRA students."
"This is a real treat for local voice students," said Laurie Lockliear, Executive Director of The Augusta Opera. "We are thrilled to be able to offer this learning experience from such an acclaimed opera star."

"It would be an honor for any aspiring singer to sing for an artist of the musical stature of Denyce Graves.  Our area students are indeed fortunate to have been chosen to sing on her Master Class."  said Linda Banister, Voice Professor, Augusta State University Dept. of Music. 

About Denyce Graves
Recognized worldwide as one of today's most exciting vocal stars, Denyce Graves continues to gather unparalleled popular and critical acclaim in performances on four continents. USA Today identifies her as "an operatic superstar of the 21st Century," and the Atlanta Journal-Constitution exclaims, "if the human voice has the power to move you, you will be touched by Denyce Graves."

Her career has taken her to the world's great opera houses and concert halls. The combination of her expressive, rich vocalism, elegant stage presence, and exciting theatrical abilities allows her to pursue a wide breadth of operatic portrayals as well as delight audiences in concert and recital appearances. Denyce Graves has become particularly well-known to operatic audiences for her portrayals of the title roles in Carmen and Samson et Dalila. These signature roles have brought Ms. Graves to the Metropolitan Opera, Vienna Staatsoper, Royal Opera, Covent Garden, San Francisco Opera, Opéra National de Paris, Lyric Opera of Chicago, The Washington Opera, Bayerische Staatsoper, Arena di Verona, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Opernhaus Zürich, Teatro Real in Madrid, Houston Grand Opera, Dallas Opera, Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires, Los Angeles Opera, and the Festival Maggio Musicale in Florence.

In 2008-09, Ms. Graves reprised her historic portrayal of the title role of Margaret Garner for the Michigan Opera Theatre (with performances in Detroit and on tour in Chicago), she returns to the Washington National Opera as the gypsy, Carmen, in a production by Francesca Zambello, and the artist brings the role of Dulcinée to San Diego Opera in the company’s new production of Massenet’s Don Quichotte co-starring Ferruccio Furlanetto. Her vibrant concert and recital schedule takes her throughout North America and highlights include performances with Brian Stokes Mitchell, the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, and the Utah Symphony, a program to honor the memory of Martin Luther King, Jr. under the auspices of the Denver Spirituals Project, and a recreation of the historic Marian Anderson concert on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington as a part of the Lincoln Bicentennial.

During the past season, the artist won critical acclaim as Baba the Turk in a Robert Lepage production of The Rake’s Progress at San Francisco Opera, made her Hong Kong debut as Charlotte in Werther at Hong Kong Opera, and appeared in the title role of Carmen with the Los Angeles Philharmonic at the Hollywood Bowl. She also traveled internationally making extensive tours of concerts, recitals and masterclasses. Outside the world’s most prestigious classical music venues, Ms. Graves offered the American National Anthem at the opening of Nationals Park, the new home for the Washington Nationals of Major League Baseball, and was deeply honored to sing in celebration of Pope Benedict XVI‘s first visit to the United States at an open-air Mass in Washington, D.C.


Photo caption: Graves gives sound advice to student in Master Class


For information, images, video, or to schedule interviews please contact Laurie Lockliear at 706.691.8705 or Robyn Macey at <> .