Susanna Andersson, Soprano

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Biography

Susanna Andersson has 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 engagements 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 Susanna sang Musetta LA BOHEME at the Danish National Opera, Queen of the Night DIE ZAUBERFLÖTE at Nationaltheater Weimar, Wolfgang Rihm’s new opera “Die Eroberung von Mexico” premiered at the Salzburg Summer Festival 2015. She was immediately engaged to sing the same role in Cologne in 2016. Other recent engagements include Violetta LA TRAVIATA in Stockholm and Pamina DIE ZAUBERLÖTE in Turku, Finland.
In 2018 she will sing Queen of the Night at Göteborgsoperan, Sweden.

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.

April 2016

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Repertoire
OPERA ROLES

Ambroise Thomas

MIGNON/Philine

Arnold Schönberg

DIE MODERNE MENSCHEN/Die Freundin

Benjamin Britten

A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM/Titania
THE RAPE OF LUCRETIA/ Female Chorus
PETER GRIMES/ First Niece
THE RAPE OF LUCRETIA/Lucia
THE TURN OF THE SCREW/Flora

Charles Gounod

ROMEO ET JULIETTE/ Juliette
FAUST/Marguerite

Claude Debussy

PELLEAS ET MELISANDE/Mélisande

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
DON PASQUALE/Norina
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 BOHEME/Musetta
GIANNI SCHICCHI/Lauretta
TURANDOT/Liu
LA RONDINE/Lisette

György Ligeti

LE GRAND MACABRE/Venus & Gepopo

Igor Stravinsky

RAKE'S PROGRESS/Ann Trulove

Léo Delibes

LAKME/Lakmé

Leonard Bernstein

CANDIDE/Cunegonde

Leošs Janácek

JENUFA/Jano

Oliver Knussen

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

Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

EUGEN ONEGIN/Tatjana

Richard Strauss

DER ROSENKAVALIER/Sophie
ARIADNE AUF NAXOS/Zerbinetta

Stuart MacRae

ECHO AND NARCISSUS/Echo

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

COSI FAN TUTTE/Dorabella
DIE ENTFÜHRUNG AUS DEM SERAIL/Konstanze
DIE ZAUBERFLÖTE/Pamina
DIE ENTFÜHRUNG AUS DEM SERAIL/Blondchen
DIE ZAUBERFLÖTE/Queen of the Night
DON GIOVANNI/Zerlina
COSI FAN TUTTE/Fiordiligi
DIE ZAUBERFLÖTE/Papagena
LA CLEMENZA DI TITO/Servilia

Wolfgang Rihm

DIE EROBERUNG VON MEXICO/Sopran
Review
Deck the Halls - Stone Records
Classical DCs WEekly
Thu, 2014-11-13
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
Sun, 2013-04-07
...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
Mon, 2013-04-08
...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
Mon, 2013-04-08
...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
Mon, 2013-04-08
...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
Sat, 2009-09-19
...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
Mon, 2013-06-10
..."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
Sat, 2013-06-08
"Susanna Andersson and Mark Wilde sparkle merrily through Blonde and Pedrillos arias". Rupert Christiansen
Die Entführung - at Garsington
The Arts Desk.com
Sat, 2013-06-08
.."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

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