biography

British soprano Susanna Hurrell made a critically acclaimed debut with the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden as Lauretta in Puccini Gianni Schicchi under Nicola Luisotti in 2016. Her pure, clear tone and warm stage presence have garnered praise from audiences and critics throughout Europe and the UK.

In the 2018/19 season, Hurrell reprises her role in Philip Venables’ 4.48 Psychosis, this time in its US premiere at the Prototype Festival in New York. She also sings Hanna Glawari (cover) in The Merry Widow for English National Opera, and Euridice in Gluck Orfeo ed Euridice for Classical Opera. Last season she returned to the Royal Opera House as Micaela in Barrie Kosky’s new production of Carmen under Jakub Hrůša, and made her role debut as Anne Trulove in Stravinsky The Rake’s Progress for Opera Glass Works at Wilton’s Music Hall.

Recent operatic highlights include her debut at Festival d’Aix-en-Provence as Aldimira in Cavalli Erismena, Mélisande in Debussy Pelléas et Mélisande with Norwegian National Opera and for Glyndebourne (cover), the title role in the world premiere of Ravi Shankar’s Sukanya for the Royal Opera House and London Philharmonic Orchestra, the world premiere of Philip Venables’ 4.48 Psychosis for the Royal Opera at the Lyric Hammersmith, and Rosalinde in Strauss Die Fledermaus for Opera Holland Park.

Previous highlights include Mélisande with English Touring Opera, Dido in Purcell Dido and Aeneas with The English Concert, Despina Cosi fan tutte at Opéra de Limoges, Norina Don Pasquale at Longborough Festival Opera, Cephise in Rameau Pigmalion with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Nymph in Monteverdi L’Orfeo with the Royal Opera House at the Roundhouse, Erisbe in Cavalli L’Ormindo with the ROH at the Sam Wanamaker Theatre, Governess The Turn of the Screw in a co-production with Nevill Holt Opera, NI Opera and Moscow’s Kolobov Novaya Opera Theatre, and title role (cover) Rodelinda for Scottish Opera and title role (cover) The Snow Maiden for Opera North. Other engagements include Rose Maurrant in the award-winning production of Street Scene for The Opera Group, Théâtre du Châtelet and Gran Teatre del Liceu, Cephisa Orpheus for Classical Opera, title role Rodelinda, Rossane Alessandro and Amarilli Il pastor fido for London Handel Festival, Nymph in Peri’s Euridice for British Youth Opera and Serpetta La finta giardiniera for Opera de Baugé.

On the concert platform, Hurrell has performed Britten Les Illuminations with the English Chamber Orchestra, the world premiere of David Oppenheimer's Deborah with the Southbank Sinfonia, Handel Messiah with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Royal Northern Sinfonia, and Mozart Festival Orchestra; and Bach Mass in B Minor with the BBC Singers. Previous highlights include Fauré Requiem with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Pergolesi Stabat Mater with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Kurt Weill: From Berlin to Broadway with Keith Lockhart and the BBC Concert Orchestra, Britten Les Illuminationsat the ROH Linbury Studio Theatre, Haydn Nelson Mass with András Schiff, Handel Messiah and Fauré Requiem at the Royal Albert Hall (the latter recorded by EMI Classics), Rossini Petite messe solennelle under David Parry at Southrepps Classical Music Festival, and operatic arias for the Proms ‘Out and About’ event with the BBC Symphony Orchestra.

Hurrell appeared in the television documentary David Starkey’s Music and Monarchy on BBC where she performed Parry Jerusalem and Arne Rule Britannia. She has recorded songs by composer Gordon Carr with trumpeter Simon Cheney and pianist Sebastian Wybrew, which are featured in the album An English Trumpeter.

Hurrell was born in London and trained at the Royal College of Music and the National Opera Studio with Patricia Rozario and Jeffrey Talbot. She was recipient of numerous awards including the Miriam Licette scholarship, Peter Hulsen Orchestral Song, Countess of Munster and Sybil Tutton awards,the RCM English Song, John Kerr English Song and the Dean & Chadlington competitions. In 2013 she was awarded the Grange Park Opera Aria Prize at the Hampshire Singing Competition.

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