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ASO Presents Opera Diva in Evening of French Music

February 13, 2012
  • Who: Denyce Graves with the Austin Symphony Orchestra
  • When: March 2 & 3, 2012 - 8:00 p.m.
  • Where: Dell Hall - Long Center for the Performing Arts
  • Cost: Tickets start at $19

Maestro Peter Bay and the Austin Symphony invite patrons to “Listen Up!” when they present world renowned mezzo-soprano Denyce Graves in an evening of French songs and arias. Performances will be held on Friday and Saturday, March 2nd & 3rd in Dell Hall. The concerts are proudly sponsored by Northern Trust with Centennial Guest Artist sponsorship provided by the Knights of the Symphony.

Berlioz – Le carnaval romain, Op. 9
Ravel – Shéhérazade
Lalo – Le roi d’Ys: “De tous côtés j’aperçois dans la plaine”
Saint-Saëns – Samson et Dalila: “Mon Coeur s’ouvre à ta voix”
Saint-Saëns – Samson et Dalila: Bacchanale
Bizet – Carmen: “L’amour est un oiseau rebelle” (Habanera)
Bizet – Carmen: “Près des remparts de Séville” (Seguidilla)
Ravel – La valse

Recognized worldwide as one of today’s most exciting vocal stars, Denyce Graves 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.” Her career has taken her to the world’s great opera houses and concert halls. The combination of her expressive, 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 has become particularly well-known to operatic audiences for her portrayals of the title roles in Carmen and Samson et Dalila.

For her performances with the ASO, Ms. Graves will recreate those roles, singing the most well-known of the arias from those operas. Interspersed in her performances Maestro Bay will present accompanying pieces in the French orchestral repertoire, including Hector Berlioz’s Roman Carnival overture and La valse by Maurice Ravel.

Patrons can enjoy the Pre-Concert Talks with Bob Buckalew at 7:10 p.m. on the orchestra level of Dell Hall.

Tickets for Denyce Graves with the Austin Symphony start at $19. Student rush tickets are also available 20 minutes prior to performance for $5 cash and current student ID. Charge tickets online at where you will find seating maps, price options and a wealth of concert information. Tickets are also available at the Austin Symphony Box Office, 11th and Red River or call 476-6064 or 1-888-4-MAESTRO (toll-free).