Soprano

Susanne Burgess

TCO Next Semi-Finalist
biography

Susanne Burgess is a British soprano described as ​”​a unique combination of precision and wonder (​Opera Wire​)​” and “lyric splendor, with a rich, even legato (​Parterre Box​).” In early 2020, Susanne performed the role of Violetta Val​éry ​in L​​a Traviata, starring in 8 performances as part of the Winter USA Tour with ​Teatro Lirico d’Europa​. She then took on the demanding role of Cio-Cio San in ​Madama Butterfly a​t ​Opera New Hampshire. ​Susanne was scheduled to make her role debut as Gilda in a new production of ​Rigoletto ​at ​Opera North ​before the COVID-19 pandemic sadly postponed these performances. Among efforts to preserve art and opera during the pandemic, Susanne took part in the Summer Season at ​Opera Theater St. Louis ​presenting arias and ensembles in a virtual festival which culminated in a public master class with the great Patricia Racette. ​For the 2020-2021 season, Susanne will join ​The Atlanta Opera ​studio for their innovative “Reimagine Opera” series including ​I Pagliacci​ and ​Kaiser von Atlantis ​among other titles to be announced soon.

In 2019 Susanne made her debut with ​New York City Opera​ as Hannah in the World Premiere of​D​ear Erich by Ted Rosenthal. She returned to the company in the role of Musetta in Puccini’s​​ La bohème​. Later that year, she joined ​Teatro Grattacielo​ in NYC as Mimi in Leoncavallo’s ​​La bohème and​ La Principessa in Respighi’s ​​La bella dormente nel bosco​. Susanne made her ​Carnegie Hall​ debut in 2017 with the ​New England Symphony​ singing the Soprano solos the​ Fauré Requiem​ and John Trotta’s ​The Seven Last Words of Christ​, and returned to the venue in 2018 to be featured in the Jubilate Deo​ and ​Requiem for the Living​ by Dan Forrest.

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