"A portrait is a picture in which there is just a tiny little something not quite right about the mouth." -- John Singer Sargent

Sunday, October 2, 2016

Denyce Graves

This 2000 portrait of Denyce Graves (b. 1964) entitled "The Recital" by Nelson Shanks hangs in the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, DC.
"Mezzo-soprano Denyce Graves is an internationally acclaimed opera superstar. An elegant stage personality, she combines rich vocalism with exciting theatricality. Graves made her Metropolitan Opera debut in 1995 as Carmen, which, along with Delilah in Samson and Delilah, remains one of her signature roles. She has also established herself as a highly sought-after recitalist, and her 'Cathedral Christmas' concert has been a holiday mainstay since 1997. Graves's repertory is expansive, ranging from Bellini, Verdi, Offenbach, and Bartok to such contemporary composers as Philip Glass (Symphony No.5) and Richard Danielpour (Margaret Garner). Her crossover popularity has made her a featured guest on 60 Minutes, Larry King Live, and The Oprah Winfrey Show.

Artist Nelson Shanks portrayed Graves in performance. Conductor Marc Mostovoy, the founder and longtime artistic director of the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, is pictured as her accompanist." -- National Portrait Gallery
 Marc Mostovoy

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