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About Susanna

English soprano Susanna Fairbairn’s recent release of her début song CD is now available on the Naxos label with duo partner Matthew Schellhorn: Songs of Geoffrey Bush and Joseph Horovitz. Her portrayal of Galatea in Opera Theatre Company’s production of Acis and Galatea is currently available to stream on The Opera Platform at Susanna’s most recent appearance was with Pop-Up Opera as Count Gontran in Chabrier’s comic opera Une Education Manquée for the Grimeborn and Holt Festivals.

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2017 has seen Susanna give several world premieres, most recently including Russell Hepplewhite’s Two or Three Angels in Highgate, London. Other recent, notable appearances have included a critically acclaimed semi-staged St. John Passion with English Touring Opera, in which the soloists performed the entire work from memory and shared the role of the Evangelist.

Operatic roles include Galatea/Acis and Galatea for Opera Theatre Company; Countess/Le nozze di Figaro for Longborough Festival Opera; and for English Touring Opera, Donna Anna/Don Giovanni, Juno/La Calisto, Eleonora/Il furioso all’isola di San Domingo, Bice/Pia de’ Tolomei, and 1st Priestess and Greek Woman/Iphygénie en Tauride. She was Margery in the London Handel Festival’s performance of The Dragon of Wantley, and has also sung Papagena/Magic Flute, Armida/Rinaldo, and covered Romilda/Xerxes and Gismonda/Ottone for English Touring Opera. Susanna looks forward to her début with Opera North in 2018, covering the role of Donna Anna/Don Giovanni.

As a duo, Susanna has performed nationwide with Matthew Schellhorn, including at Wigmore Hall, Purcell Room, St. James’s, Piccadilly, St. Margaret’s, Westminster, Peterborough Cathedral, and at Sidney Sussex, Cambridge. She very much enjoys interpreting contemporary music, leading to collaborations with Joseph Horovitz, Robert Saxton, Cecilia McDowall, Colin Riley, the Efthymiou sisters, Russell Hepplewhite, and Toby Young.

Susanna’s extensive solo oratorio and concert repertoire includes a wide range of repertoire. Previous significant solo engagements have included Beethoven Symphony No. 9; Bruckner Te Deum; Messiah in Oslo and Madrid; Beethoven’s great concert aria Ah! perfido; Schumann with The Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, Israel in Egypt at Cadogan Hall and covering Missa Solemnis on an international tour of Beethoven, all with John Eliot Gardiner; Messiah at the Wales Millennium Centre; St. John Passion in Birmingham Symphony Hall; Tavener Veil of the Temple in Canterbury Cathedral in the composer’s presence; Will Todd Mass in Blue; Dvořák Stabat Mater; Finzi Dies Natalis; Poulenc Gloria; Orff Carmina Burana; Mozart C Minor Mass at the Trinity College of Music Sir Charles Mackerras Memorial Concert conducted by Sian Edwards; and two solo appearances on BBC One – O Holy Night on Christmas Day 2010 and The One Show in May 2014. She was also heard on the soundtrack of the BBC adaptation of JK Rowling’s The Casual Vacancy, now available as a track on iTunes.

Susanna gained an MA with Distinction from the Wales International Academy of Voice, under the tutelage of Dennis O’Neill and Nuccia Focile. Previously, she was a pupil of Alison Wells at Trinity College of Music, winning the English Song Competition, Wilfred Greenhouse Allt Prize and the Paul Simm Opera Prize. Susanna formerly studied flute as an Instrumental Scholar whilst completing her undergraduate degree at Magdalen College, Oxford. She is now mentored by Raymond Connell.

Susanna’s also a fan of India, scuba diving, drinking local ale, walking, and her red Brompton bike (Bertie). Her favourite food used to be taramasalata, but her recent move towards vegetarianism forces her to find a more ethical alternative … suggestions please!


'And best of all ... outstanding'

The Times

'The strongest performance came from soprano Susanna Fairbairn as a blazing, venom-spitting Juno who easily stole the show with her electric stage presence and brilliant delivery'

Early Music Today

'Susanna Fairbairn got around these dizzying corners with justified confidence. Her range (tested to the extreme) was also outstanding, her diction good. ... Her searing expressivity was really exposed in Weir's A Spanish Liederbooklet ...'

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