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Susan Gritton


Winner of the 1994 Kathleen Ferrier Award, Susan Gritton is one of the most accomplished lyric sopranos of her generation, acclaimed for her versatility in roles ranging from Handel and Mozart to Britten, Janáček and Strauss.

Notable operatic appearances include Liù, Micäela and Mařenka (Royal Opera House), Ellen Orford (La Scala, Milan, Opera Australia and Tokyo), the Governess and Female Chorus (Aldeburgh), Konstanze (Bavarian State Opera and Berlin State Opera), Fiordiligi, Vittelia, Rodelinda and Blanche de la Force (Bavarian State Opera), Elettra (Netherlands Opera), Donna Anna (Opéra de Montreal and the Bolshoi), Theodora (Glyndebourne) and the Countess, Fiordiligi and the Vixen (ENO).

Her work in concert includes Ravel’s Shéhérazade (RLPO and Mackerras), Ein deutsches Requiem (Berlin Philharmonic and Rattle), Berg’s Bruchstücke aus Wozzeck (Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra and Harding), Honegger’s Jeanne d’Arc au bûcher (Accademia di Santa Cecilia and Pappano), Elgar’s The Kingdom (LSO and Elder), Schumann’s Das Paradies und die Peri (Vienna Philharmonic and Rattle) and Britten’s Les Illuminations, including the world premiere of three additional Rimbaud settings (BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and Brabbins).

Highlights in the recent seasons include her first Donna Elvira in a new production of Don Giovanni for the Vlaamse Opera, Beethoven's Symphony no. 9 (Wiener Symphoniker/Langree), De Schopfun (OAE/Rattle), Orchestral Lieder by Strauss (BBC Philharmonic Orchestra/Sinaisky) and his Vier Letzte Lieder (Columbus Symphony Orchestra/Zeitouni) and Beethoven's Missa Solemnis in Carnegie Hall (Orchestra of St. Luke's/Norrington).

Last updated: Jul 2019