Saskatchewan born baritone Stuart Graham, received his formal education at the Faculty of Music of McGill University in Montréal, Canada, with the renowned Canadian baritone Mr. Bernard Turgeon. In 1998, he continued his studies with Diane Forlano at the Koninklijk Conservatorium, Den Haag, Nederlands, and since January of 2000, Mr. Graham has enjoyed the mentorship of Diana Soviero (Metropolitan Opera of New York) as well as coaching with the incomparable Maestra Teresa Berganza (Escuela Superior Reina Sofia, Madrid, España). Since 1992 Stuart Graham has been heard in recital, oratorio and in opera in Canada, the United States and in Europe, enjoying successes accompanied by orchestras and ensembles, such as: l’Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal, Orchestre Métropolitain de Montréal, I Musici de Montréal, the Saskatoon Symphony, Silesian State Opera, Slovak State Philharmonic (Košice) and the Oakville Symphony Orchestra. His performance in the world premier of Edifice by Arlan Schultz was broadcast by CBC, the BBC, Radio-France and the Bavarian Radio. In 1993, Mr. Graham made his New York debut as invited artist in recital as part of the Riverside Chamber Music Series (Riverside Church, New York, NY.). His most recent solo outings include performances of Jacques Offenbach’s LA VIE PARISIENNE (Baron Gondremark) with the Toronto Operetta Theatre and of Beethoven’s 9th Symphony with the Opera Nacional Bellas Artes (Mexico City) and the Orquesta Sinfónica Silvestre Revueltas in Celaya, México (national telecast on Canal 40).
His endeavours have taken him to further success with his recent solo recitals titled “Destino” with Mexican pianist Eduardo Núñez in the historic Teatro de la Republica in Querétaro, Mexico (broadcast live by Radio Querétaro), as well as “Le Chasseur Perdu”, accompanied byClaudette Denys (l’Opéra de Montréal) and narrated by operalogue Stuart Hamilton at CBC Toronto’s Glenn Gould Studio and “Fate” accompanied by pianist José Hernández, with songs of Rachmaninoff, Poulenc and Mahler’s “Kindertotenlieder”. His repertoire includes the roles of Massakroff (The Chocolate Soldier), Danilo (The Merry Widow), Pimienta ( Cecilia Valdes)*, Paquiro (Goyescas)*, Felipe (La Revoltosa), Don Luis (Luisa Fernanda)*, Prinz Tschang (The Land of Smiles), Onegin (Evgeny Onegin), Horace Tabor (The Ballad of Baby Doe)*, Olin Blitch (Susannah)*, Argante (Rinaldo), Don Giovanni (Don Giovanni), Count Almaviva (Le Nozze di Figaro), Conte Almaviva (La Mère Coupable)*, Gaveston (La Dame Blanche)*, the four villains (Les Contes d’Hoffmann), Michele (Il Tabarro), Marcello (La Bohème), Renato (Un Ballo in Maschera), Don Fernando (Fidelio).
One could also hear him in solo recitals Toronto, Montreal, Festival International de l’Art Vocale (Trois-Rivières), Holland, Belgium, Spain and throughout Central Europe under the auspices of the Janáček Academy in Brno (Košice Slovakia, Brno, Chateau Austerlitz, Polička, Krnov, Czech Republic) and while participating in major international singing competitions in Belgium (Concours International de Musique Reine Elisabeth [l’Opéra de Monnaie, Brussels]—semi-finalist), France (Concours l’Opéra National de Paris—finalist) and Spain (Concurso Internacional de Canto de Bilbao` [Teatro Arriaga, Bilbao]—finalist, Concurso Internacional de Canto Francisco Viñas [Opera Liceu, Barcelona]—finalist) where he received much personal encouragement from such renowned artists as Dame Joan Sutherland, José Van Dam, Stuart Burrows, Sena Jurinac, Fiorenza Cossotto, Teresa Berganza, Katia Ricciarelli, Diana Soviero, Mæstro Edoardo Mϋller and Anna Barovà.
* Canadian Premiere
AS A TEACHER...
Mr. Graham, now in his 20th year as a pedagogue, enjoys a solid reputation as a strong advocate and teacher of the lyric arts. A relative newcomer to the Toronto scene (formerly of Montréal – affiliated with the Conservatoire de Musique de Québec à Montréal), Mr. Graham’s studio has quickly taken root and the artists under his tutelage have enjoyed much success, both at a student level and in the professional arena locally and points abroad (Université de Montréal, McGill University, Conservatoire de Musique de Québec à Montréal, Berkley School of Music – Boston, Britten-Pears – England, Royal Academy of Music – London, concert and opera engagements throughout Canada, USA, Holland, Belgium, France, Germany, Czech & Slovak Rep., Bulgaria & Romania). Other pedagogical credits include being studio répetiteur for the class of Anna Barová in the International Masterclasses at the Janáček Academy (Brno, Czech Rep.), and is regularly called upon to adjudicate graduate level recitals for the Glenn Gould School of the Royal Conservatory of Music (Toronto).