(Born March 7, 1964 in Washington, D.C.)
Denyce Graves is an American mezzo-soprano.
She studied voice at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music and the New England Conservatory before working at the Wolf Trap Opera Company - a company which provides additional training for young singers who are between their academic training and full-time professional careers.
Ms Graves made her debut at the Metropolitan Opera in 1995 and since then has appeared with many other companies.
She has an extensive repertoire and her signature roles include the title roles in Carmen and Samson et Dalila.
in 1999 she performed Werther with Andrea Bocelli for the Michigan Opera Theatre. It was the first opera broadcast on the Internet in its entirety
In January she sang "The Lord's Prayer" at the state funeral of ex President Gerald Ford and in 2009 she performed a tribute concert to Marian Anderson in Washington.
Parts of her private life have become public knowledge - from an involvement with tenor Fernando del Valle she later married guitarist David Perry in 1990 but they divorced in the early 2000s.
Following a relationship with French composer/clarinetist Vincent Thomas she discovered after breaking up with him that she was pregnant.
As Ms Graves had been previously told a medical condition made it impossible for her to conceive and considering Thomas had told her he had had a vasectomy (that ol line) she was more than surprised! She subsequently gave birth to a daughter whom she called Ella (after Ella Fitzgerald) - as ya do!
In 2009 she married Doctor Robert Montgomery and they marked the ocassion by going to Kenya to have a traditional Masai blessing followed by a five-day wedding celebration. It is not known whether this involved pigs or goats.
Dr Montgomery is not a Masai warrior but at this time they are still married so the blessing must have worked. Dr Montgomery is now Chief of Transplant Surgery at the famous Johns Hopkins Medical Center.
Happily for us Ms Graves continues to sing.