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Meet the Artists: Susanne Burgess


MUSETTA: Soprano, Susanne Burgess

Susanne Burgess, a British-American soprano, has been described as ... “a unique combination of precision and wonder” (Opera Wire) “with lyric splendor, with a rich, even legato” (Parterre Box) In early 2020, she 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 BUTTERFL, also with Teatro Lirico D’Europa on its winter 2020 USA tour. 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 public masterclasses with the great Patricia Racette.

For the 2020-2021 season, Susanne joined The Atlanta Opera studio for their innovative Molly Blank Big Tent series, singing Nedda in I PAGLIACCI and The Girl in KAISER VON ATLANTIS. Susanne closed out the year winning the GA District of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions and will move on to the semi-finals in March 2021. In 2021 Susanne will debut the role of Lucy Brown in THREE PENNY OPERA at The Atlanta Opera, and revisit Musetta in LA BOHÈME with Teatro Lirico D’Europa.

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 Soprano solos the FAURÉ REQUIEM and John Trotta’s THE SEVEN LAST WORDS OF CHRIST, and returned to the venue in 2018 to be featured in the JUBILATE DEO and REQUIEM FOR THE LIVING by Dan Forrest.

Puccini's La Bohème will be at the Koger Center for the Arts for one performance only on Sunday, May 23, 2021 for a special 4:00 pm matinée. Tickets are on sale at the Koger Center Box Office website or by calling 803-251-2222.


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