Canadian-American Soprano Othalie Graham is receiving critical acclaim 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."
Most recent engagements have included Minnie in La Fanciulla del West with Nashville Opera, Turandot with Opera de Nuevo Leon in Monterrey, Mexico, a Wagner program with the Washington Chorus at the Kennedy Center, Beethoven's 9th Symphony with the Philadelphia Orchestra at the Mann Center, and her Atlanta Symphony debut performing the Verdi Requiem.
Next up, Ms. Graham performs the title role of Aida with Opera Carolina and Toledo Opera, the title role of Turandot with Michigan Opera Theatre, a Wagner concert with the Oakland East Bay Symphony, and the Verdi Requiem with the Mississippi Symphony Orchestra and Lima Symphony. Emerging into the Wagnerian repertoire, Ms. Graham's notable roles also include Senta in Der Fliegender Hollander, Isolde in Tristan und Isolde, Brunnhilde and Sieglinde in Die Walkure, and Elisabeth in Tannhauser.
Known for her interpretation of the title role in Turandot, she has performed the icy princess with Arizona Opera, Michigan Opera Theatre, Opera Columbus, Opera Delaware, Utah Festival Opera, Connecticut Grand Opera, Pensacola Opera, Sacramento Opera, Boston's Chorus Pro Musica, the Westfield Symphony Orchestra, and the Harrisburg Symphony. Additional appearances have included Odabella in Attila with Sarasota Opera, the title role of Aida for the inaugural performance of the Istanbul International Opera Festival, Leonora in Il Trovatore with Utah Festival Opera, the title role in Tosca with Festival Opera, and the title role in Elektra at Philadelphia's Academy of Vocal Arts.
Concert highlights include a New York recital debut with the Liederkranz Society after winning its annual competition; a Wagner concert co-sponsored by the Wagner Society of Washington D.C. featuring Brunnhilde's Immolation Scene from Gotterdammerung and Isolde's Liebestod from Tristan und Isolde; Mahler's Symphony No. 8 and Turandot excerpts with the Washington Chorus at the Kennedy Center; Isolde in Tristan und Isolde with the Young Musicians Foundation Orchestra in California; Brunnhilde excerpts from Die Walkure for the L'Opera de Montreal gala; Elijah with Bryn Terfel and the Mormon Tabernacle Choir; a featured appearance with Eve Queler at the Dahesh Museum of Art; as well as opera galas for Pacific Opera Victoria, Vancouver Opera, and Canada's Oakville Symphony.
Ms. Graham was the first-place winner of the 2010 Gerda Lissner International Vocal Competition in the Wagner Division; the first-place winner of the 2005 Joyce Dutka Competition; a recipient of the prestigious Sullivan Foundation Grant for 2005; and the first-place winner in the Wagner Division of the 2009 Liederkranz Competition. In Canada, her many awards and honors include the coveted Jean Chalmers prize in the Canadian Music Competition, winner of the Edward Johnson Competition, and first place in the Jeunes Ambassadeurs Lyriques Competition.
Opera Carolina Performances:
Art to Poetry to Music (2013–2014)