Susan Gritton SOPRANO

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 music ranging from Handel and Mozart to Strauss, Berg and Britten.

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Her recent successes on the opera stage 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). 

Her engagements this season include Ellen Orford (Tokyo) and her first Tatyana Eugene Onegin (Grange Park).

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) 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).

Her engagements in the 2012/13 season include Britten’s A Spring Symphony (CBSO/Gardner); Tatyana in concert performances of Eugene Onegin (Bamberger Symphoniker/Ticciati); the final scene from Capriccio (Hamburger Symphoniker/Tate); the Missa Solemnis (Royal Flemish Orchestra/Herreweghe); Frank Martin's Golgotha (Concertgebouworkest/Denève) and Das Paradies und die Peri (Vienna Philharmonic/Rattle).

A Grammy nominated artist she has recorded prolifically.  Her recent recording of Les Illuminations (BBCSO/Gardner) has been widely acclaimed and her recording of Britten’s War Requiem (Gabrieli Consort/McCreesh) and of the role of Female Chorus The Rape of Lucretia (Aldeburgh Festival Ensemble/Knussen) will be released in this Britten centenary year.