Susanna Andersson

Susanna Andersson has already established herself among the top of Sweden s younger singers. Equally at home on the concert and opera stage, her flexible and lyric coloratura voice has received considerable praise.
Susanna’s engagement in 2013 included INTO THE LITTLE HILL by George Benjamin with the Birmingham Contemporary Music Group, Blondchen DIE ENTFÜHRUNG AUS DEM SERAIL at Garsington, England, Oscar UN BALLO IN MASCHERA at Teatro Colon, Buenos Aires, Susanna LE NOZZE DI FIGARO at New Turku Opera in Finland, and a world premiere of Animal Songs by Swedish composer Albert Schnelzer, composed especially for Susanna and the Helsingborg Symphony Orchestra. 2014/15 season sees Susanna singing Musetta LA BOHEME at the Danish National Opera, Queen of the Night DIE ZAUBERFLÖTE at Nationaltheater Weimar, participation in Wolfgang Rihm’s new opera “Die Eroberung von Mexico” to be premiered at the Salzburg Summer Festival 2015. Future opera engagements include Violetta LA TRAVIATA in Stockholm and Pamina DIE ZAUBERLÖTE in Turku, Finland.
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 Garden s 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. Susanna has also appeared as Venus and Gepopo in Ligeti s 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.

In concert Susanna has appeared with the Copenhagen and Stockholm Royal Philharmonic Orchestras, Malmö and Helsingborg Symphony Orchestras, Stockholm Sinfonietta, Nordic Chamber Orchestra, Helsinki Philharmonic, Turku 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 Macrae s Gaudete written especially for her. She has worked with conductors such as Christopher Hogwood, Lawrence Foster, Roy Goodman, Tecwyn Evans, Andrew Manze, Ingo Metzmacher, Edward Gardner, Baldur Brönnimann, George Benjamin, Alberto Hold-Garrido, John Storgårds, Sian Edwards and Leo Hussain.
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.