Denyce Graves in the title role of The Passion of Mary Cardwell Dawson at The Glimmerglass Festival in 2021
Denyce Graves in the title role of The Passion of Mary Cardwell Dawson at The Glimmerglass Festival in 2021 (photo: Karli Cadel)
Article Published: 18 Apr 2022

My First Opera: Denyce Graves

On my first day of kindergarten, I remember hiding behind my mother’s skirt and crying because I didn’t want to go to school. Then the music teacher, Judith Grove (her name is now Judith Allen), started playing the piano and singing. After that, I loved going to school because I loved being in her class. She was the one who told me about the All-City Chorus, where all the kids from the D.C. metropolitan area would come together and make a big chorus and give performances at Constitution Hall and the Kennedy Center. She would pick me up on Saturdays from my apartment and take me to those rehearsals.    

This article was published in the Spring 2022 issue of Opera America Magazine.

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