The Richmond Symphony proudly rounds out our 61st season with Carmen in Concert with Denyce Graves on Saturday, May 18 at 8pm at the Dominion Energy Center for the Performing Arts. Featuring the Richmond Symphony Chorus and in collaboration with Virginia Opera, this concert presents unprecedented vocal talents matched with outstanding instrumental musicianship. Join us for an evening of superb musical storytelling and inspiring performances, conducted by Steven Smith in his final concert as Richmond Symphony Music Director.
Recognized worldwide as one of today’s most prestigious vocal stars, Denyce Graves continues to gather unparalleled popular and critical acclaim. The combination of her expressive vocalism, elegant stage presence, and exciting theatrical abilities allows her to pursue a wide breadth of operatic portrayals, as she delights audiences in concert and recital appearances. Ms. Graves regularly appears on the stages of leading theaters in North America, Europe, and Asia. Career highlights have included a Robert Lepage production of The Rake’s Progress at San Francisco Opera, the title role in Richard Danielpour’s Margaret Garner in the world premiere performance at Michigan Opera Theater, and the role of Charlotte in Werther for Michigan Opera Theatre opposite Andrea Bocelli in his first staged operatic performance. In 2001 Ms. Graves gave a series of appearances in response to the tragic Sept. 11 events and was invited by President Bush to participate in the National Prayer Service in Washington’s National Cathedral in which she sang “America, the Beautiful” and “The Lord’s Prayer.”