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February 16, 2012

Denyce Graves to join Peabody Conservatory faculty

Denyce Graves, the much-admired mezzo-soprano whose portrayals of Carmen and other alluring characters have been celebrated in the world's leading opera houses, will join the faculty of the Peabody Conservatory in the fall.

The D.C-born singer will be on campus next week to listen to prospective students.

In addition to her operatic career (her Met debut was in 1995), Graves has been a familiar presence on concert stages.

She also reached millions as a soloist during the televised memorial service at the Washington National Cathedral a few days after 9/11.

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Posted by Tim Smith at 4:30 PM | | Comments (1)
Categories: Clef Notes, Peabody Institute
        

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Very exciting news! Do you have any information on what Ms. Graves is going to teach?

I hope to have more details next week. TIM

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Born and raised in Washington, D.C., I couldn't help but develop a keen interest in politics, but music, theater and visual art also proved great attractions. Music became my main focus after high school. I thought about being a cocktail pianist, but I hated taking requests, so I studied music history instead, earning a B.A. in that field from Eisenhower College (Seneca Falls, N.Y.) and an M.A. from Occidental College (Los Angeles). I then landed in journalism. After freelancing for the Washington Post and others, I was classical music critic for the Sun-Sentinel in South Florida, where I also contributed to NPR. I've written for the New York Times, BBC Music Magazine and other publications, and I'm a longtime contributor to Opera News. My book, The NPR Curious Listener's Guide to Classical Music (Perigee, 2002), can be found on the most discerning remainder racks.

I joined the Baltimore Sun as classical music critic in 2000 and, in 2009, also became theater critic, giving me the opportunity to annoy a whole new audience. In 2010, my original Clef Notes blog expanded to encompass a theatrical component -- how could I resist calling it Drama Queens? I hope you'll find both sides of this blog coin worth exploring and reacting to; your own comments are always welcome and valued (well, most of them, at least).

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