Susanna Andersson, Soprano

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Biography

Susanna Andersson’s flexible and lyric coloratura soprano has taken her to some of the most prestigious stages in the world, from the BBC Proms and the Aldeburgh Festival to the Royal Swedish Opera and the Teatro Colon in Buenos Aires. She is rapidly establishing herself as a leading force among Sweden’s younger generation of opera singers.

Susanna made her professional debut as Zerlina (Don Giovanni) at Grange Park Opera in the UK and has since been engaged by the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, Opera North, English National Opera, Danish National Opera, the Royal Swedish Opera, the Salzburg Festival, the New Turku Opera, Nürnberg Opera, the Gothenburg Opera and Opera Leipzig, where she was a company member from 2007-9.

Among Susanna’s roles are staples of the operatic repertoire, including Oscar (Un Ballo in Maschera), Susanna (Le Nozze di Figaro), Musetta (La Bohème), the Queen of the Night and Pamina (Die Zauberflöte), Violetta (La Traviata), Adina (L’Elisir d’amore), Gretel (Hänsel und Gretel), Zerbinetta (Ariadne auf Naxos), Blondchen (Die Entführung as dem Serail), Servilia (La Clemenza di Tito) and Lisette (La Rondine).

An interest in contemporary music has led Susanna to collaborate with the Birmingham Contemporary Music Group (George Benjamin’s Into The Little Hill), the BBC Symphony Orchestra (Oliver Knussen’s Higgelty Piggelty Pop! at the Barbican Centre and Aldeburgh Festival) and the Helsingborg Symphony Orchestra (first performance of Albert Schnelzer’s Animal Songs, written for her). She appeared in the world premiere of Wolfgang Rihm’s opera Die Eroberung von Mexico at the Salzburg Festival and in Cologne, and took the roles of Venus and Gepopo in the iconic La Fura del Baus production of Ligeti’s Le Grand Macabre, seen at English National Opera, the Adelaide Festival and at the Teatro Colon.

As a concert soloist Susanna has appeared with some of the most distinguished orchestras in Europe including the Royal Stockholm, Helsinki, Turku and Graz Philharmonic Orchestras, the Malmö and Helsingborg Symphony Orchestras, the Nordic and English Chamber Orchestras and the BBC and BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestras. In 2008 she made her BBC Proms debut singing the world premiere of Stuart Macrae’s Gaudete, another piece written for her. She has worked with conductors including Christopher Hogwood, Lawrence Foster, Roy Goodman, Andrew Manze, Ingo Metzmacher, Edward Gardner, Baldur Brönnimann, George Benjamin, John Storgårds and Leo Hussain.

Susanna was born in the Swedish city of Östersund and studied at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London where she won the Gold Medal, the highest award for a student at the college. She later won the coveted Song Prize at the annual Kathleen Ferrier Awards. Susanna participated in the ECHO Rising Stars scheme, which led her to give recitals with pianist Eugene Asti in a string of European capitals and in New York. She was guest artist at the 2004 Nobel Prize Ceremony in Stockholm and at the 2008 Polar Music Prize Ceremony.

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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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