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Take a guess. 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...... She was named one of the 50 Leaders of Tomorrow by Ebony Magazine and was one of Glamour Magazine's 1997 Women of the Year.
WQXR Radio in New York named her as one of classical music's Standard Bearers for the 21st Century in 1999. Her vibrant concert and recital schedule takes her throughout North America and highlights include performances with Brian Stokes Mitchell, the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, and the Utah Symphony, a program to honor the memory of Martin Luther King, Jr. under the auspices of the Denver Spirituals Project, and a recreation of the historic Marian Anderson concert on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington as a part of the Lincoln Bicentennial.
Her career has taken her to the world's great opera houses and concert halls. She 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 her to the Metropolitan Opera, Vienna Staatsoper, Royal Opera, Covent Garden, San Francisco Opera, Opera National de Paris, Lyric Opera of Chicago, The Washington Opera, Bayerische Staatsoper, Arena di Verona, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Opernhaus Zurich, Teatro Real in Madrid, Houston Grand Opera, Dallas Opera, Teatro Col?n in Buenos Aires, Los Angeles Opera, and the Festival Maggio Musicale in Florence.
I do not think any body needs any more clues. DENYCE GRAVES, ladies and gentlemen, we are talking about The Denyce Graves. Recognized worldwide as one of today's most exciting vocal stars, Denyce Graves continues to gather unparalleled popularity and critical acclaim in performances on four continents.
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 as well as delight audiences in concert and recital appearances.
Denyce Graves (born March 7, 1964 in Washington, D.C.) is an American opera singer. Graves was raised in the city's Bellevue section, in a single-parent household. She began vocal training at the Duke Ellington School of Arts in Washington in the 1980s. She also studied at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music and the New England Conservatory. She is a pupil of the Wolf Trap Opera Company which provides further training and experience for young singers who are between their academic training and full-time professional careers.
A native of Washington, D.C., Denyce Graves attended the Duke Ellington School for the Performing Arts. She continued her education at Oberlin College Conservatory of Music and the New England Conservatory. In 1998, Denyce Graves received an honorary doctorate from Oberlin College Conservatory of Music.
Denyce Graves has been invited on several occasions to perform in recitals at The White House. She participates in many charity performances for various causes special to her throughout each season. Denyce Graves has been the recipient of many awards, including the Grand Prix du Concours International de Chant de Paris, the Eleanor Steber Music Award in the Opera Columbus Vocal Competition, and a Jacobson Study Grant from the Richard Tucker Music Foundation.
In 1991, she received the Grand Prix Lyrique, awarded once every three years by the Association des amis de lopera de Monte-Carlo, and the Marian Anderson Award, presented to her by Miss Anderson.
Denyce Graves regularly graces radio and television progams as a musical performer, celebrity guest, and as the subject of documentaries and other special programming. She also appears on a weekly show on XM Radio, a nation-wide satellite network, is titled Voce di donna.
In 1997 a video and audio recording titled, Denyce Graves: A Cathedral Christmas, was released by PBS Productions featuring Denyce Graves in a program of Christmas music from Washington's National Cathedral. She was seen on the Emmy-award winning BBC special The Royal Opera House, highlighting Denyce Graves' debut performances there, and in a program of crossover repertoire with the Boston Pops, which was taped for national television broadcast.
In December 1999 Graves participated in a concert given at the Nobel Peace Prize Awards in Oslo, Norway which was televised throughout Europe.
In 1999 Denyce Graves entered into a relationship with BMG Classics/RCA Red Seal. Consequently, Voce di Donna, a solo recording of opera was released on RCA Red Seal the same year and The Lost Days, a recording with jazz musicians of Latin songs in the Spanish and Portuguese languages, was released in January 2003. In June 2003 Church was released. This album was an attempt to bring together African-American divas from various forms of music, all of whom were first exposed to music through their upbringing in church. Participants of this album recorded music of their own choice and include Dr. Maya Angelou, Dionne Warwick, En Vogue, Patti LaBelle, and others.
Other recordings of Graves include NPR Classics' release of a recording of spirituals, Angels watching over me, featuring the mezzo-soprano in performance with her frequent partner, Warren Jones and an album of French arias, Hero?nes de l'Opera romantique Fran?ais, with the Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte-Carlo under Marc Soustrot.
In 2001, Graves gave a series of appearances in response to the tragic events in New York City, Washington, D.C., and Shanksville, Pennsylvania on September 11, 2001. Graves 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 Lords Prayer. Graves subsequently appeared on The Oprah Winfrey Show in a live musical program of 'Healing through Gospel Music.'
Graves has since been participating in numerous other charity concerts, and RCA Records released a recording of patriotic songs by Denyce Graves, the proceeds of which benefit various groups who have been affected by the events of September 11. Graves recently sang for President Bush and Mrs. Bush, among other dignitaries, at An American Celebration at Fords Theatre to benefit U.S. soldiers in Iraq.
Denyce Graves was appointed as a Cultural Ambassador for the United States in 2003, and as a direct consequence of her auspice with the State Department, she appears in good-will missions of musical performances, lectures, and seminars. Her first trips in 2003 brought her to Poland, Romania, and Venezuela.
In 2008-09, Graves is scheduled for an historic portrayal of the title role of Margaret Garner for the Michigan Opera Theatre (with performances in Detroit and on tour in Chicago), she is also scheduled to return to the Washington National Opera as the gypsy, Carmen, in a production by Francesca Zambello.