January Concert Guest Artist: Graham Wright, Baritone
Since moving to the Boston area to pursue graduate research, Graham Wright has found success as a soloist with many of New England's choral, orchestral, and opera groups, including the Boston Pops, Newton Symphony Orchestra, Masterworks Chorale, Paul Madore Chorale, Nashua Chorale Society, Newburyport Choral Society, Lowell Philharmonic Orchestra, Reading Symphony Orchestra, Opera Company of Brooklyn and the Boston Lyric Opera. Since 2005, Graham 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 and Thais. In the spring of 2007, Graham will reprise the roll of Bartolo for the Boston Lyric Opera: Opera New England tour of the Barber of Seville and the role of Figaro for the Cape Cod Opera production of the Marriage of Figaro.
In opera and operetta, Graham has recently appeared as title characters in Don Giovanni, The Marriage of Figaro and Dido and Aeneas, as well as in the roles of Guglielmo (Cosi fan Tutte), Magistrate / Gorgibus (Signor Deluso), Belcore (Elixir of Love), Dr. Malatesta (Don Pasquale), Escamillo (Carmen), Marullo (Rigoletto), Judge Turpin (Sweeney Todd), Pirate King (Pirates of Penzance) and Betto (Gianni Schicchi). As a recipient of the Emerson Fellowship and Ragnar and Margaret Naess Award at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Graham 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 premier of Charles Shadle and Michael Ouellette's new opera Coyote's Dinner.
Graham 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.
A native of South Carolina, Graham is an alumnus of Furman University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Graham continues to engage his interests in chemistry that originally brought him to Boston -- he is particularly involved in pharmaceutical research education and training. An up-to-date listing of upcoming performances and projects can be found online at www.graham-wright.com.