“Susanna Hurrell and Joelle Harvey sound terrific as Erisbe and Sicle respectively. A more exquisite evening would be hard to imagine."

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biography

British soprano Susanna Hurrell has recently made a critically acclaimed debut with the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden as Lauretta in Puccini Gianni Schicchi under Nicola Luisotti. This season’s highlights include her debut at Festival d’Aix-en-Provence, Handel Messiah with the Royal Northern Sinfonia and Mozart Festival Orchestra, title role in Purcell Dido and Aeneas with The English Concert in Lausanne, Beethoven Symphony No. 9 with the London Philharmonic Orchestra, and Bach Mass in B Minor with Paul Brough and the BBC Singers. Further ahead, Hurrell will make her role debut as Anne Trulove in Stravinsky The Rake’s Progress, and return to the Royal Opera House.

Recent operatic highlights include the world premiere of Philip Venables’ 4.48 Psychosis for the Royal Opera at the Lyric Hammersmith, Rosalinde in Strauss Die Fledermaus for Opera Holland Park, Mélisande in Debussy Pelléas et 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, and Erisbe in Cavalli L’Ormindo with the ROH at the Sam Wanamaker Theatre.

Hurrell has also sung Governess The Turn of the Screw in a co-production with Nevill Holt Opera, NI Opera and Moscow’s Kolobov Novaya Opera Theatre, Britten Les Illuminations with the English Chamber Orchestra, and title role (cover) Rodelinda for Scottish Opera. Other recent highlights include the role of Rose Maurrant in the award-winning production of Street Scene for The Opera Group and its revival at 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 performed in the world premiere of David Oppenheimer's Deborah with the Southbank Sinfonia, Handel Messiah with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, 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 Illuminations at 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 has been the recipient of numerous awards including the Miriam Licette scholarship, Peter Hulsen Orchestral Song, Countess of Munster and Sybil Tutton awards. She has also been a winner of 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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