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, Janacek and Strauss.
On the opera stage this season she sings Ellen Orford Peter Grimes for the New National Theatre in Tokyo and her first Tatyana in a new production of Eugene Onegin for Grange Park. On the concert platform her engagements include Tatyana in concert performances of Eugene Onegin (Bamberger Symphoniker/Ticciati); the 'Schlussgesang' from Capriccio (Hamburger Symphoniker/Tate); Das Paradies und die Peri (Vienna Philharmonic/Rattle); Britten's A Spring Symphony (CBSO/Gardner) and Frank Martin's Golgotha (Royal Concertgebouworkest/Denève).
Recent highlights include Ellen Orford Peter Grimes (La Scala & Opera Australia); Blanche Dialogues des Carmélites (Bayerische Staatsoper); Countess Madeleine Capriccio (Grange Park); Micaela Carmen and Liu Turandot (Covent Garden); Donna Anna Don Giovanni (Bolshoi & Opera de Montreal); Elettra Idomeneo (Netherlands Opera) and Konstanze Die Entführung aus dem Serail (Deutsche Staatsoper & Bayerische Staatsoper). Title roles include Theodora (Glyndebourne); Rodelinda (Bayerische Staatsoper); The Bartered Bride (Covent Garden) and The Cunning Little Vixen (ENO).
A prolific concert and recording artist, her work spans many periods and styles and includes Ravel’s Shéhérazade (RLPO/Mackerras); Brahms’ Ein Deutsches Requiem (Berlin Philharmonic/Rattle & Philharmonia/von Dohnànyi); Berg’s Bruchstücke aus Wozzeck (Swedish Radio Orchestra/Harding), Mahler's Symphony no. 2 (Philharmonia/Sir Andrew Davis & BBC Symphony Orchestra/Haitink) and Honegger’s Jeanne d'Arc au bûcher (Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia/Pappano). Recent highlights include Handel’s Messiah (ROH Orchestra/Pappano); Elgar’s The Kingdom (LSO/Elder); Shostakovich’s Blok Romances (Nash Ensemble); Schumann’s Das Paradies und die Peri at the Edinburgh Festival (SCO/Norrington) and Britten’s Les Illuminations – including the world premiere of Britten’s three additional Rimbaud settings (BBCSSO/Brabbins).
A Grammy nominated artist, she has recorded prolifically. Her recent recording of Britten's Les Illuminations (BBCSO/Gardner) has been widely acclaimed and her recording of his War Requiem (Gabrieli Consort/McCreesh),and of the roles of Female Chorus The Rape of Lucretia (Aldeburgh Festival Ensemble/Knussen) and Ellen Orford Peter Grimes (Orchestra Filarmonica della Scala/Ticciati - DVD) will be released in this, the composer's centenary year.
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