Susanna Hurrell (soprano) was born in London to a musical family and joined the undergraduate programme at the Royal College of Music in 2005. After graduating with first class honours she gained a place to study with Patricia Rozario at the RCM International Opera School supported by an HR Taylor Trust award and a Miriam Licette scholarship. This year she is the grateful recipient of a Sybil Tutton award administrated by the Musicians Benevolent Fund, enabling her to continue her studies at the National Opera Studio.
During her time at the RCM Susanna won the English Song competition and second prize in the Lieder competition, and took part in many acclaimed performances such as Bruckner’s Te Deum with Bernard Haitink and Mozart’s C Minor Mass with Sir Charles Mackerras. She also sang the soprano solos in Bach’s Easter Oratorio and Schoenberg’s String Quartet no.2.
Notable solo performances include Haydn’s Nelson Mass and Bach’s Magnificat at St John’s Smith Square, Handel’s Messiah with the English Chamber Orchestra at the Cadogan Hall, Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater at the Queen Elizabeth Hall with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, a recital of Schubert songs for Humphrey Burton at Snape Maltings, operatic hits with the BBC Symphony Orchestra at Westfield (Proms Out and About) and Faure’s Requiem recorded live at the Royal Albert Hall by EMI classics.
On the operatic stage her roles include Euridice in Offenbach’s Orpheus in the Underworld (RCMIOS), the title role in G & S’s Patience (RCMIOS), Papagena in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte (RCMIOS), Serpetta in Mozart’s La finta giardiniera (Opera de Baugé), the Maid in The Crocodile (Grimeborn Festival), and for the London Handel Festival; Rodelinda Rodelinda, Rossane Alessandro, and Amarilli Il pastor fido. Later this year she looks forward to performing the role of Rose Maurrant in Kurt Weill’s Street Scene with The Opera Group.
Susanna enjoys a successful collaboration with the pianist Sebastian Wybrew who recently took the accompanist’s prize while she won first prize in the John Kerr English Song competition. They both feature on the CD: ‘An English Trumpeter’ with trumpeter Simon Cheney. She also recently won the Peter Hulsen Orchestral Song Award enabling her to perform orchestral songs of her choice with the Southbank Sinfonia at the Linbury Studio theatre, Royal Opera House.
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