“Indeed, almost every appearance of Susanna Hurrell as Norina was a highlight. She is a soprano with the whole package. Her beautiful voice is multi-faceted, powerful and expressive. Moreover, she owns the stage with terrific charismatic presence and acting ability, and her quick wit in interpreting Norina had me chuckling aloud on several occasions.”
— Bachtrack 2015


  • Susanna was born in London to a family of musicians and played the violin and piano from an early age. She studied acting at the Guildhall Junior department and voice at the Royal College of Music, gaining a first class degree. She then progressed to the National Opera Studio.
  • She took on several Handel roles with the London Handel Festival under the baton of Laurence Cummings and was praised for her "brilliant" coloratura. This lead her in the direction of Donizetti, and she subsequently performed Norina in Don Pasquale at Longborough Festival Opera in 2015.
  • Her relationship with the Royal Opera House began in 2014 with Erisbe in Cavalli's L'Ormindo at the Sam Wanamaker theatre and was followed by engagements as the Nymph in Monteverdi's Orfeo at the Roundhouse and her main stage debut as Lauretta in Puccini's Il Trittico, conducted by Nicola Luisotti. This was shortly followed by roles in two world premieres; 'Suzy' in the award-winning 4.48 Pyschosis by Philip Venables, based on the play by Sarah Kane, and the title role in Ravi Shankar's only opera, Sukanya. 
  • Spring 2018 saw a return to the main stage at the ROH as Micaela in Barrie Kosky's Carmen, conducted by Jakub Hrusa and Christopher Willis.

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