Susanne Burgess

Soprano

"Burgess blossomed into her warm timbre, while she sang and radiated a genuine affection that uplifted the audience... with a unique combination of precision and wonder. She highlighted best the energy that Leoncavallo intended for his version and was a delight to see perform."

Jennifer Pyron, Opera Wire

 

Biography

In 2019 Susanne made her debut with New York City Opera as Hannah in the World  Premiere of ​Dear 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 Pie Jesu from Fauré Requiem and Soprano solos in John Trotta’s The Seven Last Words of Christ and returned to Carnegie Hall to sing the Soprano solos in Jubilate Deo and Requiem for the Living by Dan Forrest. Earlier that year, she made her international debut as Anna in ​Le Villi and Lauretta in ​Gianni Schicchi with the Festival of the Aegean at the Megaron Mousikis in Athens and Syros Greece after joining Des Moines Metro Opera as Berta in The Barber of Seville and their production of Flight by Johnathan Dove. 

Ms. Burgess has also won a number of post-graduate awards and grants for operatic excellence  from the Denver Lyric Opera Guild, Metropolitan Opera National Council, Opera Theater  Pittsburgh,  Jensen Foundation, and the National Federation of Music Clubs.    

Susanne Burgess is a British-American soprano praised for a uniquely warm vocal color, penchant for dramatic coloratura, and emotional expression on stage. Born in Geneva, Switzerland and raised internationally, Susanne developed an early ear for language and deep appreciation for world cultures. It wasn't until high school in Austin, Texas that Susanne discovered her passion for singing and a career in opera.
 

For the 2020-2021 season, Susanne will join The Atlanta Opera in their innovative "Reimagine Opera" series including I Pagliacci and Kaiser von Atlantis and return to the company the following Spring to sing Lucy Brown in Threepenny Opera and Micaela in Carmen. Susanne was named the winner of the GA District of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions and will compete in the Regional round in March 2021.

In early 2020, Susanne performed the role of Violetta Valéry in ​La 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 at Opera New Hampshire. Susanne was scheduled to make her role debut as Gilda in a new production of Rigoletto at Opera North before the COVID19 pandemic sadly postponed these performances. Among efforts to preserve art and opera during the pandemic, she took part in the Summer Season at Opera Theater St. Louis presenting arias and ensembles in a virtual festival which culminated in a masterclass series with internationally renowned sopranos, Patricia Racette and Nova Thomas. 


 

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Repertoire

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Bizet

Boito

Britten

Donizetti

Dove

Gounod

Leoncavallo

Mozart

Offenbach

 

Puccini

 

Tchaikovsky

Verdi

Wagner

Weber

Carmen

Mefistofele

A Midsummer Night's Dream

Peter Grimes

Anna Bolena

Flight

Faust

I Pagliacci

La bohéme

Così fan tutte

Don Giovanni

Die Zauberflöte

Le nozze di Figaro

Les contes d'Hoffman

La bohéme

Gianni Schicchi

La Rondine

Suor Angelica

Il tabarro 

Turandot

Iolanta

Rigoletto

La traviata

Il trovatore

Die Walküre

Das Rheingold

Der Freischütz

Micaëla
Margherita

Helena

Ellen

Anna Bolena

Tina

Marguerite

Nedda

Mimí

Fiordiligi

Donna Anna

Donna Elvira

Erste Dame

Contessa

Antonia

Giulietta

Musetta

Mimí

Lauretta

Nella

Magda

Suor Angelica

Giorgetta

Liú

Iolanta

Gilda

Violetta

Leonora

Gerhilde

Woglinde

Agathe

 

Performance Schedule 

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La boheme

Musetta

Palmetto Opera

 

May 23 & 24, 2021

Imagine Broadway

Soloist

The Atlanta Opera

May 1, 2021

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The Threepenny Opera

Lucy Brown

The Atlanta Opera

 

April 22, 2021         April 24, 2021

May 1, 2021               May 5, 2021
May 7, 2021               May 9, 2021

Carmen

Micaela (cover)

The Atlanta Opera

April 15, 2021         April 17, 2021

April 23, 2021         April 25, 2021

April 28, 2021         April 30, 2021

May 2, 2021               May 6, 2021

May 8, 2021

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Mack the knife, a weill concert

Soloist

The Atlanta Opera

 

 

October 27, 2020

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I pagliacci

Nedda (cover)

The Atlanta Opera

Oct 28, 2020            Oct 30, 2020

Nov 1, 2020               Nov 5, 2020

Nov 7, 2020             Nov 11, 2020
Nov 13, 2020           Nov 15, 2020

Rigoletto

Gilda

Opera North

 

August 2, 2020     August 5, 2020

August 7, 2020      August 9 2020

Kaiser von Atlantis 

The girl (cover)

The Atlanta Opera

Oct 23, 2020             Oct 35, 2020

Oct 29, 2020             Oct 31, 2020

Nov 6, 2020               Nov 8, 2020

Nov 12, 2020           Nov 14, 2020

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Die Fledermaus 

Susannah

Rosalinda (cover)

Mrs Gleaton

Opera Theater St Louis

April - June 2020

La traviata

Violetta

Teatro Lirico d'Europa

Jan 16 - 19, 2020

Jan 30 - Feb 4, 2020

Madama Butterfly

Cio-cio San

Opera New Hampshire

Feb 6-10, 2020

 

Audio / Video

Sempre Libera - La Traviata

I want Magic - A Streetcar Named Desire

Chi il bel sogno - La Rondine

Depuis le jour - Louise

Addio del Passato - La Traviata

Caro Nome - Rigoletto

 

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