Susanna Andersson, Soprano

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Biography

Susanna Andersson has already established herself among the top of Sweden s younger singers. Equally at home on the concert and opera stage, her flexible and lyric coloratura voice has received considerable praise.
Susanna’s engagement in 2013 included INTO THE LITTLE HILL by George Benjamin with the Birmingham Contemporary Music Group, Blondchen DIE ENTFÜHRUNG AUS DEM SERAIL at Garsington, England, Oscar UN BALLO IN MASCHERA at Teatro Colon, Buenos Aires, Susanna LE NOZZE DI FIGARO at New Turku Opera in Finland, and a world premiere of Animal Songs by Swedish composer Albert Schnelzer, composed especially for Susanna and the Helsingborg Symphony Orchestra. 2014/15 season sees Susanna singing Musetta LA BOHEME at the Danish National Opera, Queen of the Night DIE ZAUBERFLÖTE at Nationaltheater Weimar, participation in Wolfgang Rihm’s new opera “Die Eroberung von Mexico” to be premiered at the Salzburg Summer Festival 2015. Future opera engagements include Violetta LA TRAVIATA in Stockholm and Pamina DIE ZAUBERLÖTE in Turku, Finland.
Susanna made her professional debut as DON GIOVANNI/Zerlina at Grange Park and soon after her German debut as L' ELISIR D' AMORE/Adina at Nürnberg Opera. Debuts at Opera North, Covent Garden s Lindbury Theatre and English National Opera followed. From 2007-2009 Susanna was on contract at Oper Leipzig where her roles included DIE ENTFÜHRUNG AUS DEM SERAIL Blondchen, MERRY WIDOW Valencienne, LA CLEMENZA DI TITO Servilia, ARIADNE AUF NAXOS Zerbinetta, LA RONDINE Lisette and HANSEL UND GRETEL Gretel. Susanna has also appeared as Venus and Gepopo in Ligeti s LE GRAND MACABRE in the Fura del Baus production at English National Opera, the Adelaide Festival and at Teatro Colon in Buenos Aires, Higglety Pigglety Pop! by Oliver Knussen at the Aldeburgh Festival and at the Barbican in London.

In concert Susanna has appeared with the Copenhagen and Stockholm Royal Philharmonic Orchestras, Malmö and Helsingborg Symphony Orchestras, Stockholm Sinfonietta, Nordic Chamber Orchestra, Helsinki Philharmonic, Turku Philharmonic, Grazer Philharmonisches Orchester, English Chamber Orchestra, and the BBC Scottish and BBC Symphony Orchestras. In 2008 she made her BBC Proms debut singing the world premiere of Stuart Macrae s Gaudete written especially for her. She has worked with conductors such as Christopher Hogwood, Lawrence Foster, Roy Goodman, Tecwyn Evans, Andrew Manze, Ingo Metzmacher, Edward Gardner, Baldur Brönnimann, George Benjamin, Alberto Hold-Garrido, John Storgårds, Sian Edwards and Leo Hussain.
Born in the Swedish city of Östersund her musical education began at Ljungskile College Institute before she began studies at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London. While at the Guildhall Susanna won the prestigious Gold Medal Competition, graduated with a First Class Honours degree and went on to win the coveted Song Prize at the annual Kathleen Ferrier Awards. Susanna was guest artist at the 2004 Nobel Prize Ceremony in Stockholm and the 2008 highly prestigious Polar Music Prize Ceremony. In the 2006/2007 season Susanna gave recitals with pianist Eugene Asti in London, New York, Athens, Amsterdam, Birmingham, Brussels, Stockholm, Cologne and Vienna as part of the ECHO Rising Stars series.

January 2015

Calendar

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Repertoire
Oratorios and Sacred Works

Agnes Bashir

Sea Tumults

Albert Schnelzer

Requiem
Animal Songs

Antonio Vivaldi

Gloria

Erich Wolfgang Korngold

Abschiedslieder, Op. 14

Francis Poulenc

Gloria

Franz Joseph Haydn

Missa in tempore belli (Paukenmesse)
Harmoniemesse

Franz Schubert

Lieder

Gabriel Fauré

Requiem

Georg Friedrich Händel

The Messiah, HVW 56
Songs from Neun Deutschen Arien

Johann Sebastian Bach

Christmas Oratorio BWV 248
St. Matthew Passion BWV 244
St. John Passion BWV 245
Magnificat BWV 243
Cantata "Jauchzet Gott in allen Landen!" BWV 51

Johann Strauss

Frühlingsstimmen, Op. 410

Johannes Brahms

Ein deutsches Requiem
Neue Liebesliderwalzer, Op. 65

John William Duarte

Five Quiet Songs

Karol Szymanowski

Des Hafis Liebeslieder

Ludwig van Beethoven

Ah, Perfido! Op. 65

Reinhold Glière

Concerto for Coloratura Soprano and Orchestra, Op. 82

Richard Strauss

Ophelia Lieder, Op. 67
Sechs Lieder, Op. 68
Morgen!

Staffan Storm

Om Gilgamesh

Stuart MacRae

Gaudete

Sven-David Sandström

Christmas Oratorio

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Requiem KV 626
Mia Speranza Adorata!, K. 416
Vorrei Spiegarvi, Oh Dio! K. 418
Opera Roles

Ambroise Thomas

MIGNON/Philine

Arnold Schönberg

DIE MODERNE MENSCHEN/Die Freundin

Benjamin Britten

THE RAPE OF LUCRETIA/Lucia
THE TURN OF THE SCREW/Flora

Engelbert Humperdinck

HÄNSEL UND GRETEL/Gretel

Francis Poulenc

LES MAMELLES DE TIRESIAS/Tirésias

Franz Léhar

THE MERRY WIDOW/Valencienne

Gaetano Donizetti

L'ELISIR D'AMORE/Adina
LUCIA DI LAMMERMOOR/Lucia
L'ELISIR D'AMORE/Giannetta

Georg Friedrich Händel

XERXES/Atalanta

George Benjamin

INTO THE LITTLE HILL/The Crowd, The Stranger & The Child

Georges Bizet

CARMEN/Michaëla

Giacomo Puccini

LA RONDINE/Lisette

Giuseppe Verdi

RIGOLETTO/Gilda
UN BALLO IN MASCHERA/Oscar

György Ligeti

LE GRAND MACABRE/Venus & Gepopo

Igor Stravinsky

THE RAKES PROGRESS/Anne

Leošs Janácek

JENUFA/Jano

Oliver Knussen

HIGGLETY PIGGLETY POP!/Potted Plant, Baby & Mother Goose

Richard Strauss

DER ROSENKAVALIER/Sophie
ARIADNE AUF NAXOS/Zerbinetta

Stuart MacRae

ECHO AND NARCISSUS/Echo

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

DIE ZAUBERFLÖTE/Pamina
IDOMENEO/Ilia
LE NOZZE DI FIGARO/Susanna
DIE ENTFÜHRUNG AUS DEM SERAIL/Blondchen
DIE ZAUBERFLÖTE/Queen of the Night
DON GIOVANNI/Zerlina
DIE ZAUBERFLÖTE/Papagena
LA CLEMENZA DI TITO/Servilia
DIE ENTFÜHRUNG AUS DEM SERAIL/Konstanze
Review
Deck the Halls - Stone Records
Classical DCs WEekly
13 November 2014
This is a fantastic disc, and one which you'd happily listen to all year round. Familiar pleasures are interspersed with alluring rarities. Soprano Susanna Andersson's pure-toned vocals are a consistent pleasure, and the chamber arrangements invariably charm. Graham Rickson
Impressive
Cappricciomusic.blogspot.se
7 April 2013
...Susanna Andersson was if anything even more impressive, with her gloriously beautiful soubrette timbre, light in colour yet full and firm, offering superb accuracy and solidity in the high lying tessitura, and equal commitment to diction and characterisation...
Fearless
Seenandheard-International.com
8 April 2013
...Andersson proved an intrepid, seemingly fearless soprano, as beautiful of voice as precise of pitch. High notes thereby registered with full expressive attention rather than mere technical achievement... Mark Berry
Superb
Bachtrack.com
8 April 2013
...both singers gave superb performances: Summers masterful, dramatically engrossing and possessed as ever of a marvellously direct, full low tone; Andersson enchanting in her coloratura passages and always singing with the clarity of a true new music specialist. BCMG sounded excellent under the direction of Benjamin himself... Paul Kilbey
Ringing Purity
The Independent
8 April 2013
...But it possesses singular virtues, and as sung by Susanna Andersson and Hilary Summers it packed real punch. While Andersson delivered her high-lying soprano part with ringing purity, Summerss luxurious contralto created a foundation of velvety firmness which her physical presence... Michael Church
Dazzling
Intermezzo.com
19 September 2009
...Susanna Andersson handled the dazzling vocal and physical gymnastics of both Venus and Gepopo with indecent ease - the performance of the night...
Die Entführung - at Garsington
Spear's
10 June 2013
..."She (Rebecca Nelsen) is nicely balanced by a steely feistiness of Blonde, sung by the sassy Susanna Andersson who not only possesses a particularly beautiful timbre but has a suitably strong and cheeky disposition perfect for this stock soubrette role". Melinda Huges
Die Entführung - at Garsington
The Telegraph
8 June 2013
"Susanna Andersson and Mark Wilde sparkle merrily through Blonde and Pedrillos arias". Rupert Christiansen
Die Entführung - at Garsington
The Arts Desk.com
8 June 2013
.."The quartet of lovers  young singers but not inexperienced  do a fantastic job. Both Rebecca Nelsen (Konstanze) and Susanna Andersson (Blonde) confidently power through their passages of fiendish coloratura" Kimon Daltas
Press Service

Photo: New ID Studio London

Photo: New ID Studio London