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Susanna Hurrell – Soprano

Susanna Hurrell

Susanna Hurrell was born in London and trained at the Royal College of Music with Patricia Rozario, and the National Opera Studio with Jeffrey Talbot.

During her studies Susanna was the recipient of several awards including a Miriam Licette scholarship, a Peter Hulsen Orchestral Song Award, a Countess of Munster Award and a Sybil Tutton Award. She also won the RCM English Song competition, the John Kerr English Song competition and the Dean & Chadlington summer music competition.

In 2011 Susanna performed the role of Rose Maurrant, Street Scene, for The Opera Group with conductors Keith Lockhart (BBC Concert Orchestra) and Tim Murray (Southbank Sinfonia) and recently participated in it’s revival at the Théâtre du Châtelet, Paris, and the Liceu, Barcelona. Her other operatic roles include Cephisa, Orpheus (Classical Opera Company) Euridice, Orpheus in the Underworld (RCMIOS), Rossane, Alessandro (London Handel Festival) Amarilli, Il Pastor Fido (LHF), Serpetta, La Finta Giardiniera (Opera de Baugé) Papagena, Die Zauberflöte (RCMIOS), Nymph, Euridice (BYO) and the title roles in Rodelinda (LHF), and Patience (RCMIOS).

In opera scenes she has sung Zdenka, Arabella, Ilia, Idomeneo, First Lady, Die Zauberflöte, Sophie, Der Rosenkavalier, Ophelie, Hamlet, Gretel, Hansel and Gretel, Governess, The turn of the screw, Female Chorus, The rape of Lucretia and Elizabeth, Elegy for young lovers. She has also studied the roles of Susanna, Le nozze di Figaro, Pamina, Die Zauberflöte and Adina, L’elisir d’amore.

Notable concert performances have included the premiere of David Oppenheimer’s Deborah with the Southbank Sinfonia at the Rose Theatre, Haydn Nelson Mass with Andras Schiff and the Oxford Philomusica, Handel Messiah at the Royal Albert Hall, Fauré Requiem at the Royal Albert Hall (recorded by EMI), Pergolesi Stabat Mater at the Queen Elizabeth Hall with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, a selection of Kurt Weill’s Broadway hits with Keith Lockhart and the BBC Concert Orchestra at the Queen Elizabeth Hall (recorded for Radio 3), Rossini Petite Messe Solemnelle with David Parry at the Southrepps Classical Music Festival, Handel Messiah with the English Chamber Orchestra at the Reading Hexagon and Cadogan Hall, Britten Les Illuminations at the Linbury, ROH, Strauss Four Last Songs with the Misbourne Symphony Orchestra, and operatic hits for the Proms ‘Out and About’ event at Westfield with the BBC Symphony Orchestra.

Susanna enjoys exploring the vast song repertoire and regularly performs song and lieder recitals throughout the UK and Isle of Wight. In collaboration with trumpeter Simon Cheney and pianist Sebastian Wybrew, she appears on the cd ‘An English Trumpeter’, which features five songs for voice, trumpet and piano by contemporary composer Gordon Carr. She was also a finalist at this year’s Kathleen Ferrier Awards with pianist Sebastian Wybrew where her voice was noted for it’s “vibrant, attractive and copper-like” quality.

During the summer of 2013 Susanna will hold a position in the Glyndebourne chorus and also looks forward to performing at the Dean and Chadlington Music Festival, and the Southrepps Classical Music Festival. In 2014 she will make her Royal Opera House debut as Erisbe in Cavalli’s L’Ormindo.

For more information visit Susanna’s site at http://www.susannahurrell.com