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Graham Wright (Baritone)

Born: South Carolina, USA

The American baritone, Graham T. Wright, btained his B.A. degree in French and his Bachelor of Science degree Magna Cum Laude from Furman University (2000) and completed Ph.D. coursework in organic chemistry at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (2002-2003). He continues to engage his interests in chemistry that originally brought him to Boston - he is particularly involved in pharmaceutical research education and training. He studied voice with Nina Hinson, Susan Ormont, James McDonald, Richard Conrad and Mark Oswald. His awards and honors include: La Prix Montaigne (2000); Emerson Music Scholar (2001-2002); Ragnar and Margaret Naess Award (2002); Emerson Advanced Music Performance Fellow (2002-2003).

Graham Wright regularly performs as a soloist with musical organizations from New England through the Southeast, including Opera Boston, Boston Lyric Opera, Newton Symphony, Intermezzo Chamber Opera, Boston Pops Orchestra, Charlotte Symphony Orchestra, and the Opera Company of Brooklyn. He has appeared as title characters in Gianni Schicchi, Don Giovanni, The Marriage of Figaro and Dido and Aeneas, as well as in the roles of Don Magnifico in Cenerentola Bartolo in Il barbiere di Siviglia and Le nozze di Figaro, Guglielmo in Cosi fan tutte, Belcore in Elixir of Love, Dr. Malatesta in Don Pasquale, Escamillo in Carmen, and the Pirate King in Pirates of Penzance. Since 2005, he has been a regular chorus member at the Boston Lyric Opera, having appeared in the ensemble for productions of Lucie de Lammermoor, Eugene Onegin, la Traviata, Thais, and Un ballo in maschera. In concert and oratorio, he has performed as a soloist in the Requiems of Maurice Duruflé, Gabriel Fauré, Johannes Brahms and Mozart, as the title character in Felix Mendelssohn's Elijah, and as a regular member of the Bach Cantata Series at Marsh Chapel.

The 2008-2009 season began with fall performances of Don Magnifico in Rossini's Cenerentola, followed by the title role in Gianni Schicchi with Boston Opera Collaborative, Der Freischütz with Opera Boston (ensemble and Kaspar cover), and the Lieutenant in Yeoman of the Guard with the Bostonians. Amidst a fall full of opera and operetta came performances as bass soloist in Bach Cantata BWV 29 with the Marsh Chapel Collegium, Bach Cantata BWV 79 with Exsultemus, Heinrich SchützMusikalische Exequien with Back Bay Chorale and George Frideric Handel's Messiah with the Assabet Valley Mastersingers. The spring of 2009 brings Graham's solo debut with Opera Boston as Ivan Ivanovich and the Lackey in Dmitri Shostakovich's The Nose, followed by performances of J.S. Bach's St. John Passion (BWV 245) (Pilate and bass soloist) with the Marsh Chapel Collegium, Seven Deadly Sins (Mother) with Opera Boston Underground and A Winter's Tale with BMOP.

Graham Wright presented a recital of Schubert's Schwanengesang in the Advanced Music Performance (AMP) recital series and created the role of Tim Johnson in the world premiere of Charles Shadle and Michael Ouellette's new opera Coyote's Dinner. He may also be heard as a soloist and vocal quartet member on the soundtrack of the National Film Preservation Foundation's critically-acclaimed DVD collection “More Treasures from the American Film Archive”.

Source: Graham Wright Website
Contributed by
Aryeh Oron (May 2013)

Recordings of Bach Cantatas & Other Vocal Works




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BWV 79 [Video]

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