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.”
Most recent engagements have included Minnie in La Fanciulla del West with Nashville Opera, Turandot with Opera de Nuevo Leon in Monterrey, Mexico, an all Wagner program with the Washington Chorus at the Kennedy Center and in Lima, Peru, Beethoven’s 9th Symphony with the Philadelphia Orchestra at the Mann Center, her Atlanta Symphony debut performing the Verdi Requiem, and a series of concerts with ProMusica, Festival Opera, and Opera Delaware.
In the 2013-2014 season Ms. Graham sang the title role of Aida with Opera Carolina and Toledo Opera, Isolde in Tristan und Isolde in concert in Zagreb, Croatia, and an all Wagner concert to open the season for the Oakland East Bay Symphony. For her 2014-2015 season Ms. Graham will perform Minnie in La Fanciulla del West with Indianapolis Opera, the title role of Turandot with Michigan Opera Theater, a Wagner Gala with the Orquesta Sinfonica de Xalapa in Mexico, the Verdi Requiem with the Mississippi Symphony Orchestra, Beethoven’s 9th Symphony with Lima Symphony, Essential Verdi concert with the Washington Chorus, and the Britten War Requiem with the Fondazione Orchestra Sinfonica e Coro Sinfonico di Milano Giuseppe Verdi with Maestra Xian Zhang, Aida in Sicily Italy in the Teatro Greco, Turandot in Mexico City with OFUNAM, Turandot with Opera Carolina, Serena in Porgy and Bess with the Jacksonville Symphony and Verdi Requiem with The Handel Society at Dartmouth College.
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. Emerging into the Wagnerian repertoire, Ms. Graham’s notable roles also include Senta in Der Fliegender Holländer, Brünnhilde and Sieglinde in Wagner’s Ring Cycle, and Elisabeth in Tannhäuser.
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 Brünnhilde’s Immolation Scene from Götterdämmerung 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; Brünnhilde excerpts from Die Walküre for the L’Opéra de Montréal 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.