"A soprano with the whole package"
- Born in London to a family of musicians, Susanna played the violin and piano from an early age. She studied voice at the Royal College of Music where she earned a first class degree and then progressed to the Royal College of Music International Opera School and the National Opera Studio.
- In the early days she took on several Handel roles with the London Handel Festival and was praised for her "brilliant" coloratura. This lead her in the direction of Donizetti, and at the NOS she studied the role of Adina and 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 the role of the Nymph in Monteverdi's Orfeo at the Roundhouse in Camden. Last season saw her main stage debut as Lauretta in Puccini's Il Trittico, conducted by Nicola Luisotti, and this was shortly followed by a role in the award-winning 4.48 Pyschosis by Philip Venables, based on the play by Sarah Kane. In the 2016-17 season she will be taking the title role in Ravi Shankar's only opera, Sukanya, to be performed across the UK, and in 2018 she will return to the main stage.
- Susanna looks forward to making her debut at the Aix-en-Provence festival later this year as Aldimira in Cavalli's Erismena.
Extremely sad and shocked to hear of the passing of Lee Blakely. My thoughts are with his close friends and family at this difficult time. x
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