USA Today identifies mezzo-soprano Denyce Graves as “an operatic superstar of the 21st Century.” The combination of her rich, expressive 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. She is particularly known for her performances in the title roles of Carmen and Samson et Dalila at major opera houses worldwide.
She performs with the world’s leading symphony orchestras and conductors, and her recitals include classical repertoire of German Lieder, French mélodie, and English art song, as well as popular music of Broadway musicals, jazz and American spirituals. She appeared in a special program to honor the memory of Martin Luther King, Jr. in conjunction with the Denver Spirituals Project, and traveled to Rio de Janeiro for Concert for Planet Earth, celebrating the United Nation’s Summit on the Environment.
Graves hosts a XM Satellite Radio show titled “Voce di donna.” Her PBS television special, Denyce Graves: A Cathedral Christmas, airs annually during the holiday season. In addition to numerous operatic CDs, she recorded The Lost Days, featuring Latin songs in Spanish and Portuguese, and Church, highlighting African-American divas first exposed to music through their church, including Dionne Warwick, En Vogue, and Patti LaBelle.
After the tragic events of September 11, 2001, Graves participated in the National Prayer Service in Washington D.C. in which she sang ‘America, the Beautiful’ and ‘The Lord’s Prayer.’ She also appeared on The Oprah Winfrey Show in a live musical program of ‘Healing through Gospel Music.’
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