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Suzanne Shakespeare

Soprano

Management: Australasia and Non-Exclusive Asia

Website: www.suzanneshakespeare.com

Girl: Café Kafka
“admirable vocal control and strength”
Edward Lewis, www.classicalsource.com, March 2014

Lucia: Lucia di Lammermoor
“a stunning performance and sustained beautiful tone and meaningful singing, managing the flights of coloratura in the Mad Scene with ease”
Angela Goodall, Words & Music “Evening of total enjoyment”, Jan/Feb 2011 

Tytania: A Midsummer Night’s Dream
 “poise and allure, including some pretty dazzling high notes”
Alexander Campbell, www.classicalsource.com, July 2009 

“extraordinary accuracy and flexibility over an extended range”
Chris Boyd, Herald Sun “Six of the best make a stunning night”, November 2006

Australian soprano Suzanne Shakespeare holds a Postgraduate Artist Diploma in Opera from the Royal College of Music International Opera School London, as well as a Master of Music Performance in Piano (University of Melbourne, Australia) and a Licentiate of Trinity College London (Distinction) in both Voice and Piano. Suzanne has recently returned to Australia and is now based in Melbourne. 

Suzanne has been the recipient of the Georgina Joshi Award for 2008-10, the Marten Bequest Travelling Scholarship and the Royal Over-Seas League Music Bursary (Australian Singing Competition).  She has also been supported by the Josephine Baker Trust, the Ian Potter Cultural Trust and was a Recommended Artist for Making Music's Philip & Dorothy Green Award for 2009.  Suzanne was the British School at Rome Youth Music Foundation of Australia Scholar for 2008-11 and is a Samling Scholar.

Suzanne’s appearances include Queen of the Night (The Magic Flute) for Victorian Opera, Scottish Opera and Opera Australia, the title role in Lucia di Lammermoor for Guildford Opera and Opera Bohemia, excerpts of Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro and Krenek's Die Nachtigall for the RCM Chamber Concert Series, Erato in Handel’s Terpsichore for the London Handel Festival, a world premiere by Dimitri Scarlato in the RCM 'Rising Stars' Chamber Concerts Series at Cadogan Hall, Donna Anna (Don Giovanni)  in concert with the Camden Chamber Orchestra and the 2010 Australian Festival of Chamber Music. 

More recently Suzanne sang the role of “Girl” in a new work by Francisco Coll, Café Kafka, which opened in Aldeburgh and then performed in the Linbury Studio at the Royal Opera House and Howard Assembly Room in Leeds, Marie (La fille du Regiment), for Opera della Luna, Eurydice (Orpheus in the Underworld) at Iford Arts Festival, Swan in Jonathan Dove’s Swanhunter for Opera North/Wrong Crowd, Madame Herz in Mozart’s The Impresario, Deutsche Motette (Strauss) at the BBC Proms, and returned to Scottish Opera for The Magic Flute and Lady from the Sea (Armstrong). She also sang First Lady (The Magic Flute) on tour with Opera Project, Olympia (The Tales of Hoffmann), at West Green House Theatre, Mozart’s Mass in C Minor for the Melbourne Bach Choir, a concert tour with Orchestre Symphonique de l’Opéra de Toulon, and covered the role of Daughter 1 in Philip Glass’ Akhnaten for English National Opera. 

Her additional operatic repertoire includes Tytania (A Midsummer Night’s Dream), Violetta (La Traviata), Esmeralda (The Bartered Bride), Serpetta (La finta giardiniera), Controller (Flight), Zerbinetta (Ariadne auf Naxos), Morgana (Alcina), Musetta (La bohème), Adina (Elixir of Love), Rosina (Il barbiere di Siviglia), Medora (Il Corsaro), and Frasquita (Carmen). 

In 2017 Suzanne joins Opera Australia’s Touring production of The Marriage of Figaro to sing Suzanna/Barbarina.

Suzanne Shakespeare is managed by Graham Pushee: graham@artsmanagement.com.au
February 2017
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