Susanna Andersson, Soprano

Biography

Susanna Andersson has already established herself among the top of Swedens young singers. Equally at home on the concert and opera stage her flexible and bright toned lyric coloratura voice has received considerable praise.

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 Gardens 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.
In concert Susanna has appeared with the Copenhagen and Swedish Royal Philharmonic Orchestras, Malmö and Helsingborg Symphony Orchestras, Stockholm Sinfonietta, Nordic Chamber Orchestra, Helsinki 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 Macraes Gaudete written especially for her.

She has worked with conductors such as Christopher Hogwood, Lawrence Foster, Roy Goodman, Tecwyn Evans, Andrew Manze, Edward Gardner, Baldur Brönnimann, George Benjamin, Alberto Hold-Garrido, John Storgårds, Sian Edwards and Leo Hussain.

More recently Susanna has appeared as Venus and Gepopo in Ligetis 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, and concerts with Helsingborg, Malmö and Queensland symphony orchestras.

Future plans include DIE ENTFÜHRUNG AUS DEM SERAIL, Blondchen at Garsington, England, UN BALLO IN MASCHERA/Oscar at Teatro Colon, Buenos Aires, LE NOZZE DI FIGARO/ Susanna at New Turku Opera in Finland, INTO THE LITTE HILL by George Benjamin with the Birmingham Contemporary Music Group and a world premiere of Animal Songs by Swedish composer Albert Schnelzer, composed especially for Susanna and the Helsingborg Symphony Orchestra.

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.

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Repertoire

Opera Roles
INTO THE LITTLE HILL/The Crowd, The Stranger & The Child
CARMEN/Michaëla
THE RAPE OF LUCRETIA/Lucia
THE TURN OF THE SCREW/Flora
L'ELISIR D'AMORE/Adina
L'ELISIR D'AMORE/Giannetta
LUCIA DI LAMMERMOOR/Lucia
HÄNSEL UND GRETEL/Gretel
XERXES/Atalanta
JENUFA/Jano
HIGGLETY PIGGLETY POP!/Potted Plant, Baby & Mother Goose
THE MERRY WIDOW/Valencienne
LE GRAND MACABRE/Venus & Gepopo
ECHO AND NARCISSUS/Echo
DIE ENTFÜHRUNG AUS DEM SERAIL/Blondchen
DIE ENTFÜHRUNG AUS DEM SERAIL/Konstanze
DIE ZAUBERFLÖTE/Queen of the Night
DIE ZAUBERFLÖTE/Papagena
DIE ZAUBERFLÖTE/Pamina
DON GIOVANNI/Zerlina
LA CLEMENZA DI TITO/Servilia
LE NOZZE DI FIGARO/Susanna
IDOMENEO/Ilia
LES MAMELLES DE TIRESIAS/Tirésias
LA RONDINE/Lisette
DIE MODERNE MENSCHEN/Die Freundin
ARIADNE AUF NAXOS/Zerbinetta
DER ROSENKAVALIER/Sophie
THE RAKES PROGRESS/Anne
MIGNON/Philine
RIGOLETTO/Gilda
UN BALLO IN MASCHERA/Oscar
Oratorios and Sacred Works
Christmas Oratorio BWV 248
Cantata "Jauchzet Gott in allen Landen!" BWV 51
Magnificat BWV 243
St. John Passion BWV 245
St. Matthew Passion BWV 244
Sea Tumults
Ah, Perfido! Op. 65
Ein deutsches Requiem
Neue Liebesliderwalzer, Op. 65
Five Quiet Songs
Requiem
Concerto for Coloratura Soprano and Orchestra, Op. 82
Harmoniemesse
Missa in tempore belli (Paukenmesse)
The Messiah, HVW 56
Songs from Neun Deutschen Arien
Abschiedslieder, Op. 14
Gaudete
Requiem KV 626
Mia Speranza Adorata!, K. 416
Vorrei Spiegarvi, Oh Dio! K. 418
Gloria
Christmas Oratorio
Requiem
Animal Songs
Lieder
Om Gilgamesh
Frühlingsstimmen, Op. 410
Ophelia Lieder, Op. 67
Sechs Lieder, Op. 68
Morgen!
Des Hafis Liebeslieder
Gloria

Review

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

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