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
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.
A Midsummer Night's Dream
Così fan tutte
Le nozze di Figaro
Les contes d'Hoffman