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 roles ranging from Handel and Mozart to Britten, Janacek and Strauss.
Highlights in her 2014/15 season include Britten's War Requiem(Orchestra of the Teatro Réal Madrid/Casado), Beethoven's Symphony no. 9 and Ah! perfido (Melbourne Symphony Orchestra/Matheuz) and Messiah (Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra/Stutzmann) and recitals at the Oxford Lieder Festival with Eugene Asti, the Barber Institute in Birmingham with Daniel Browell and in Imola for the Circolo della Musica with James Vaughan. She will also return to Grange Park for Tatyana Eugene Onegin and sing Ellen Orford in concert performances of Peter Grimes (Iceland Symphony Orchestra/Bjarnason).
Notable highlights in opera have included Ellen Orford Peter Grimes (La Scala, Opera Australia & Tokyo's New National Theatre); Blanche Dialogues des Carmélites (Bayerische Staatsoper); Countess Madeleine Capriccio and Tatyana Eugene Onegin (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 Britten's War Requiem at the BBC Proms (CBSO/Nelsons); Beethoven's Missa Solemnis in Carnegie Hall (Orchestra of St. Luke’s/Norrington); 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 (SCO/Norrington & Vienna Philharmonic/Rattle); Tatyana in concert performances of Eugene Onegin (Bamberger Symphoniker/Ticciati); the 'Schlussgesang' from Capriccio (Hamburger Symphoniker/Tate) 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) were all released to great critical acclaim in the composer's centenary year.