Happy Friday, Everyone! Todays featured artist is Othalie Graham .
Wiki: ‘Othalie Graham is a Canadian dramatic soprano, whose operatic roles to date include the title roles of Puccini‘s Turandot, Verdi‘s Aida, Strauss‘ Elektra and Leonora in Verdi‘s Il trovatore as well as a role in Tosca and the role of Odabella in Attila. She is a protégé of the legendary soprano Lois McDonall and began her professional opera career in October 2004.
Othalie Graham was born in Brampton, Ontario, Canada. Her father, a Jamaican born Canadian, instilled in Graham a strong identification with Jamaican music and culture. When Graham was young, her father sparked her interest in opera by taking her to see a Leontyne Price recital. Her passion in opera grew while attending high school at the Etobicoke School of the Arts. While in Canada, Graham was awarded first place in the Jeunes Ambassadeurs Lyriques Competition and received the coveted Jean Chalmers prize in the Canadian Music Competition.
Canadian-American Soprano Othalie Graham is critically acclaimed throughout North America. As Turandot, the Boston Globe says her “timbre and power were thrilling – steely ring from top to bottom – and her path from imperiousness to passion was convincing.” Of a recent performance as Tosca, the San Francisco Chronicle praised her “high-powered blend of musical assurance and theatrical temperament. Singing the role for the first time, Graham displayed a potent and secure soprano that soared effortlessly through the role. Most impressive was her blend of delicacy and sheer muscle, which often combined forces within the space of a single phrase…her rendition of ‘Vissi d’arte’ was a heartbreaker.”
Emerging into the Wagnerian repertoire, Ms. Graham’s notable roles include Senta in Der Fliegender Holländer, Isolde in Tristan und Isolde, Brünnhilde and Sieglinde in Die Walküre, and Elisabeth in Tannhäuser. Other prominent roles include the title role in Elektra, Lady Macbeth in Macbeth, Leonora in Fidelio, Amelia in Un Ballo in Maschera, Leonora in La Forza del Destino, Ariane in Ariane et Barbe-Bleue, Serena in Porgy and Bess, and Santuzza in Cavalleria Rusticana.