A Britten Pears Young Artist in 2014 and 2015, soprano Suzanne Fischer recently won first prize at the Oxford Lieder Young Artist Platform 2016, the Förderpreis for most promising young artist at Das Lied: International Song Competition 2015 as well as the Pavarotti Prize at the 65th Viotti Competition in Italy and in September 2015 sang at the Prinzregententheater with the Munich Radio Symphony Orchestra, winning 4th place at the International ARD Competition.
In Summer 2016 she returned to Glyndebourne Festival Opera, which including singing the part of Elsie Suddaby in Ralph Vaughan Williams Serenade to Music with Vladimir Jurowski conducting the London Philharmonic Orchestra. In August and September 2016, with revivals in winter 2016 and 2017 she will sing Berta in Rossini’s Il Barbiere di Siviglia with the Münchener Kammeroper. Operatic performances include Ginevra/Ariodante for Tristan & Associates and Katja/O.H.I.O for the Deutsche Oper Berlin, further roles include Gilda/Rigoletto, Sophie/Der Rosenkavalier and Konstanze/Die Entführung.
Suzanne has recently given song recitals for the Barenboim Excellence Foundation in Berlin, Liedfestspiele Rüedlinger in Switzerland and Bieberstein Castle in Saxony with pianist Jonathan Ware and the Sonorizzonte concert series in Schloß Nymphenburg, Munich. With Panaretos Kyriatzidis she has debuted at Oxford Lieder Festival and London Song Festivaland they have further upcoming recitals at St. John’s Smith Square and the Barber Institute of Fine Arts. Suzanne sings a range of song repertoire including much Mozart, Haydn, Schubert, Schumann, Mendelssohn, Liszt, Berlioz, Brahms, Wolf, Strauss, Boulanger, Debussy, Poulenc, Messiaen, Britten, George Crumb, Oliver Knussen and many more.
Oratorio engagements include The Messiah for the St. Magnus Festival conducted by Martyn Brabbins, Orff’s Carmina Burana, Poulenc’s Gloria, Fauré’s Requiem, Brahm’s Requiem, Bach’s St. John Passion, St. Matthew Passion, Christmas Oratorio and B Minor Mass and Mendelssohn’s Elijah.
Growing up in Cheshire in the UK, Suzanne played the piano and cello from the age of 6, also singing and dancing in local choirs and musical theatre groups. Later she performed lead roles as part of National Youth Music Theatre (NYMT), played the cello in Trafford Youth Orchestra, and twice won Beswick Senior Musician of the Year as a pianist. Whilst reading for her Bachelor of Music (Hons) at the University of Edinburgh, Suzanne studied voice with Patricia MacMahon and spent a year on exchange at the Università degli Studi di Milano. She recently completed a Masters in Gesang at the Hanns Eisler Academy of Music in Berlin studying with Thomas Quasthoff and Wolfram Rieger. Suzanne is mentored by sopranos Norah Amsellem, Laura Claycomb and Laura Aikin and is currently having lessons with Andreas Talarowski and Lioba Braun. Alongside music, Suzanne is passionate about languages, fluent in Italian and German.
Suzanne would also like to express her extreme gratitude to her donors, the Countess of Munster, Help Musicians UK – Postgraduate Award and Career Development Bursary, the Hamburgische Brücke, Bucher Fraser Scholarship and Doris Hunter Academic Bursary.
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