Acclaimed opera singer Denyce Graves makes her way of life cooking present debut and introduces the Denyce Graves Basis in Pittsburgh State
PITTSBURGH, April 1, 2021 / PRNewswire / – Known for her flavorful appearances in Georges Bizets, Carmen, Denyce Graves has brought her passion for music and food to a new stage – her kitchen! The 2020 global pandemic inspired the start of Cooking with Denyce (CWD). With opera houses and concert halls around the world closed to most musicians, Graves brought her industry friends together – virtually to cook a variety of recipes with a touch of opera. April 1st to 4th, 2021, Graves will bring CWD to Marc & home Diana Reid Chazaud of Pittsburgh for her first external recording and launch with the Denyce Graves Foundation (DGF) and her first philanthropic project with the National Opera House (NOH).
“We’re very excited to introduce Cooking with Denyce to some of our friends who are opera and food lovers. When we heard about the cooking show platform and the launch of the Denyce Graves Foundation, we took the opportunity to support them. ” said Marc Chazaud who along with his wife Diana Reid are founding members of the Denyce Graves Foundation.
What was originally intended to provide entertainment and cooking for communities of opera lovers became a stepping stone for the introduction of the work that Graves and her team committed themselves to in just a few months for NOH. The team has received awards from community leaders such as Esther L. Bush, President & CEO of the Urban League of Greater Pittsburghto convince key people Pittsburgh and the nation about the importance of this structure in black History and American History.
CWD doesn’t just debut in Pittsburgh this week, but Graves will also have prominent stakeholder conversations about the historic opera house founded by the late Mary Cardwell Dawson. This summer, Graves will play the title role in The Passion of Mary Cardwell Dawson, a new piece of music, at the Glimmerglass Festival in new Yorkunder the artistic direction of Francesca Zambello.
Graves recalled: “When Francesca approached me about the play, I was excited about the project. It wasn’t until I read the script in 2020 that I realized that this was the same site that I had visited in 2017 while on tour during the run of The Summer King, at this point it all seemed coincidental. “
Through the role of grace in The Summer King, Graves has been able to maintain a longstanding partnership with Pittsburgh Opera Company, run by her friend, Christopher Hahn, General Manager. Especially, Pittsburgh Opera has consistently devoted itself to the diverse arts and programming that will expose opera goers to the variety of classical music. Solidify why this historic project is as meaningful to the opera company as it is to the Denyce Graves Foundation.
The DGF will meet with the City of Pittsburgh, the mayor’s office, the Urban League of Greater Pittsburgh, the Jewish Healthcare Foundation, Pittsburgh Opera Company and the guests of any organization. The foundation achieves its goals with the help of important political and public figures who have joined its mission.
ABOUT COOKING WITH DENYCE AND THE DENYCE GRAVES FOUNDATION:
Cooking with Denyce is a lifestyle show that was shot on her in her kitchen Maryland Farm with the aim of appealing to all the senses. FACEBOOK– Cooking with Denyce
The Denyce Graves Foundation aims to support, train and empower classical singers through unique coaching programs that prepare them to perform on the stages of the world.
Melinda N. Gainer(757) 615-2831