My niece Cara, a kindergartner, attended Susan Graham's recital at Midland Lee High School this evening. This was Cara's first classical music recital and she lasted almost to the end. She said, "That girl sang real good and that boy played piano good."
Susan Graham returned to the stage of Midland Lee High School last night, where she made her debut as a 17 year old in The Sound of Music when she sang the role of Maria. The song sets included "Non so piu cosa son" from Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro,
"Voi che sapete" from Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro,
"Va, laisse couler mes larmes" from Massenet’s Werther, "Liebst du um Schönheit" by Gustav Mahler, "Habanera" from Bizet’s Carmen, "Seguidilla" from Bizet’s Carmen, "The Sound of Music" from Rodgers & Hammerstein, "Fascinating Rhythm" by George Gershwin, "Someone to Watch Over Me" by George Gershwin, "Summertime" by George Gershwin, and "A Christmas Medley" (the audience joined in on "White Christmas").
Doug Montgomery also performed a number a pieces alone. At the end of the recital, Susan continued with her diva bow long after Doug had left the stage. He returned and dragged her off, bringing down the house.
My mother and sister also attended and met Susan at the reception in the cafeteria after the recital. They were pleased to meet Susan, who knew they were coming (or else face my wrath) as she had seen my earlier blog post about her recital. They called me on their way from the high school, full of praise and excitement. It sounds divine to me.
Mom and I will be seeing Susan perform in Der Rosenkvalier at the Met on January 15th - its just one of my favorite roles that Susan performs. This will be Mom's second Strauss opera - the first was Salome, which she said was "interesting"...I think she'll have a little more liking for this one. She has also seen Renée Fleming perform once at Carnegie. So now she's all set with sopranos, mezzos and who's who among my faves.