Recognized worldwide as one of today’s most exciting vocal stars, Denyce Graves-Montgomery continues to gather unparalleled popular and critical acclaim in performances on four continents. USA Today identifies her as “an operatic superstar of the 21st Century,” and the Atlanta Journal-Constitution exclaims, “if the human voice has the power to move you, you will be touched by Denyce Graves.”
Ms. Graves-Montgomery will give the address at this year’s Bienen School of Music Convocation on Saturday, June 20, 2015, at 9:00 a.m. in Pick-Staiger Concert Hall.
Ms. Graves-Montgomery’ career has taken her to the world’s great opera houses and concert halls. The combination of her expressive and rich vocalism, elegant stage presence, and exciting theatrical abilities allows her to pursue a wide breadth of operatic portrayals and to delight audiences in concert and recital appearances.
Denyce Graves-Montgomery has become particularly well-known to operatic audiences for her portrayals of the title roles in Carmen and Samson et Dalila. These signature roles have brought Ms. Graves-Montgomery to the Metropolitan Opera, Vienna Staatsoper, Royal Opera, Covent Garden, San Francisco Opera, Opéra National de Paris, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Washington Opera, Bayerische Staatsoper, Arena di Verona, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Opernhaus Zürich, Teatro Real in Madrid, Houston Grand Opera, Dallas Opera, Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires, Los Angeles Opera, and Festival Maggio Musicale in Florence. She recently appeared in the Lyric Opera of Chicago’s performance of Carousel.
A native of Washington, DC, Ms. Graves-Montgomery attended the Duke Ellington School for the Performing Arts and continued her education at Oberlin College Conservatory of Music and New England Conservatory.