Susan gained a full scholarship at 18 to study both her Undergraduate and Postgraduate studies at the prestigious Royal College of Music London. Opera roles include: Contessa (Le Nozze di Figaro), Cio Cio San, Kate Pinkerton (Madama Butterfly), Donna Anna (Don Giovanni), Erste Dame (Die Zauberflöte), Fiordiligi (Cosi Fan Tutte), Fedon (Satie’s Socrates), Kätchen (Werther), Ida (Die Fledermauss), Ines (Il Trovatore), Leonore (Fidelio), Michaella (Carmen), Olga (Merry Widow) Poppea (Efthymiou’s Fragments of Sun), Santuzza (Cavalleria Rusticana), with companies such as Opera Holland Park, Opera de Baugé (France), Classical Opera Company, Opera London, Opera Vera, Charles Court Opera, Minotaur Opera, Kentish Opera, Enharmonia Lirica (Italy), Regent’s Opera, Woodhouse Festival Opera, and English Opera Singers. Highlights include performances at Sadler’s Wells, Bath International Festival, the Buxton Festival, Salzburg International Festival, the Lindbury Studio Covent Garden and tours in Europe, Hong Kong and Australia.
Susan has premiered and recorded as soloist many brand new works including the award winning, Karl Jenkins’ “Armed Man’s Mass for Peace” (subsequently recorded for Virgin Records and reaching No 1 in the British Classical Charts) at the Royal Albert Hall, Amy Wurtz’s “Message from the Soul”, Matthew West’s “Metamorphosis” (Broadcast on Radio 3), Davidson’s “Lord of all Creation”, Darren Bloom’s contemporary arrangement of Schubert Songs with the Ossian Ensemble at St Martin in the Fields, also premiering the role of “Poppea” in “Fragments of Sun” and “Susan” in “Parting” (roles especially written for her voice) by Litha and Effy Efthymiou for Tete a Tete Opera at the Riverside Studios London and King’s Place London.
She has also been interviewed and sung live on BBC Radio, E4 television, and Susan was selected to appear and perform in the Hollywood film called if only in which she sings “Je veux vivre” from Roméo et Juliette by Gounod as the character “Melvina Walters” with Jennifer Love-Hewitt . She also appeared in the Turandot Opera Scene in “Mission Impossible 5 – Rogue Nation” with Tom Cruise. On Stage Susan sang in the London premiere of the play “As I Like It” by Amanda Eliasch later being pictured in “Hello!” Magazine.
Susan is equally in demand for her concert work and in Oratorio such as Mozart’s Requiem, Masses, Exultate Jubilate, Greig’s complete Peer Gynt (In Norwegian), Verdi’s Requiem, Brahms’ Requiem, Dvorak’s Te Deum, Vivaldi’s Gloria, Canterloube’s Chants d’Auvergne, Vaughan Williams’ Sea Symphony, Haydn’s Nelson Mass, Rachmaninoff’s Vocalise, Mahler’s 4th Symphony, Szymanowski’s King Roger, Stravinsky’s Les Noces, Judith Weir’s Storm, Coleridge-Taylor’s Death of Minnehaha and Orff’s Carmina Burana at venues including the Royal Albert Hall (including the Proms), Salzburg International Festival, I Malatesta Opera festival (Italy), Symphony Hall Birmingham, St John Smith Square, St James Piccadilly, Cadogen Hall, St Martin’s in the Field, and the Fairfield Halls. Susan won the “Umberto Giordano Prize” in the “12th International Umberto Giordano Competition” and recently sang on Italian television (Rai Due).
Susan has given masterclasses in Australia, has sat on audition panels for Lost Chord outreach project, taken singing workshops for London Philharmonia Orchestra, conducted Queen’s Gate Girls Chamber Choir for 12 years and she has taught English Song at the Cornish and American Song Institute (CASI) for their summer courses for young professional singers for the past three years.
Susan’s voice has even been turned into an “App” which triggers when smart phones are held over large scale works in “Military Ribbons” touring art exhibition by Matthew Maxwell. 2016 sees Susan being turned into a hologram for the world’s first feature length holographic film “Symphony for a Lost Generation”, the role of “the Virgin Mary” in a new contemporary opera of the Nativity, Chopin’s full songs in Polish at St John Smith Square to be recorded for her debut album with Sleeveless Records to be released in 2017.