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Denyce Graves

With a singing career that spans four continents, mezzo soprano Denyce Graves has been called "an operatic superstar of the 21st Century" by USA Today.  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 Ms. Graves to the Metropolitan Opera, Vienna Staatsoper, Royal Opera, Covent Garden, San Francisco Opera, and Washington National Opera, to name a few.

Ms. Graves is a featured artist at this year's Castleton Festival as well, singing excerpts from Bizet's Carmen (broadcast at 9pm Monday, July 4th on Front Row Washington,) and as soloist at Castleton's July 21st concert commemorating the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Bull Run, which will be broadcast on Front Row Washington Monday night, July 25th at 9pm.

Classical WETA producer Deb Lamberton spoke with Denyce Graves about the influence of Carmen on her life, and about singing at Castleton for the first time.