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Susanna Hurrell

Soprano

  • British soprano Susanna Hurrell has recently made a critically acclaimed debut with the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden as Lauretta in Puccini Gianni Schicchi under Nicola Luisotti. This season’s highlights include her debut at Festival d’Aix-en-Provence, Handel Messiah with the Royal Northern Sinfonia and Mozart Festival Orchestra, title role in Purcell Dido and Aeneas with The English Concert in Lausanne, Beethoven Symphony No. 9 with the London Philharmonic Orchestra, and Bach Mass in B Minor with Paul Brough and the BBC Singers. Further ahead, Hurrell will make her role debut as Anne Trulove in Stravinsky The Rake’s Progress, and return to the Royal Opera House.

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  • Recent operatic highlights include the world premiere of Philip Venables’ 4.48 Psychosis for the Royal Opera at the Lyric Hammersmith, Rosalinde in Strauss Die Fledermaus for Opera Holland Park, Mélisande in Debussy Pelléas et Mélisande with English Touring Opera, Dido in Purcell Dido and Aeneas with The English Concert, Despina Cosi fan tutte at Opéra de Limoges, Norina Don Pasquale at Longborough Festival Opera, Cephise in Rameau Pigmalion with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Nymph in Monteverdi L’Orfeo with the Royal Opera House at the Roundhouse, and Erisbe in Cavalli L’Ormindo with the ROH at the Sam Wanamaker Theatre.


    Hurrell has also sung Governess The Turn of the Screw in a co-production with Nevill Holt Opera, NI Opera and Moscow’s Kolobov Novaya Opera Theatre, Britten Les Illuminations with the English Chamber Orchestra, and title role (cover) Rodelinda for Scottish Opera. Other recent highlights include the role of Rose Maurrant in the award-winning production of Street Scene for The Opera Group and its revival at Théâtre du Châtelet and Gran Teatre del Liceu, Cephisa Orpheus for Classical Opera, title role Rodelinda, Rossane Alessandro and Amarilli Il pastor fido for London Handel Festival, Nymph in Peri’s Euridice for British Youth Opera and Serpetta La finta giardiniera for Opera de Baugé.


    On the concert platform, Hurrell performed in the world premiere of David Oppenheimer's Deborah with the Southbank Sinfonia, Handel Messiah with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Fauré Requiem with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Pergolesi Stabat Mater with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Kurt Weill: From Berlin to Broadway with Keith Lockhart and the BBC Concert Orchestra, Britten Les Illuminations at the ROH Linbury Studio Theatre, Haydn Nelson Mass with András Schiff, Handel Messiah and Fauré Requiem at the Royal Albert Hall (the latter recorded by EMI Classics), Rossini Petite messe solennelle under David Parry at Southrepps Classical Music Festival, and operatic arias for the Proms ‘Out and About’ event with the BBC Symphony Orchestra.


    Hurrell appeared in the television documentary David Starkey’s Music and Monarchy on BBC where she performed Parry Jerusalem and Arne Rule Britannia. She has recorded songs by composer Gordon Carr with trumpeter Simon Cheney and pianist Sebastian Wybrew, which are featured in the album An English Trumpeter.


    Hurrell was born in London and trained at the Royal College of Music and the National Opera Studio with Patricia Rozario and Jeffrey Talbot. She has been the recipient of numerous awards including the Miriam Licette scholarship, Peter Hulsen Orchestral Song, Countess of Munster and Sybil Tutton awards. She has also been a winner of the RCM English Song, John Kerr English Song and the Dean & Chadlington competitions. In 2013 she was awarded the Grange Park Opera Aria Prize at the Hampshire Singing Competition.

    2016-17 season / 563 words. Not to be altered without permission.

Performances

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Season highlights

Dido Dido and Aeneas
The English Concert


Bach B minor mass
BBC Singers


Handel Messiah 
Royal Festival Hall, Royal Northern Sinfonia


Beethoven Symphony No. 9
London Philharmonic Orchestra


Debut at Festival d'Aix-en-Provence

Concert repertoire

Bach
Cantata Jauchzett Gott in allen Landen
St Matthew Passion
St John Passion
Easter Oratorio
Magnificat
B minor Mass


Berlioz
Les nuits d’été


Brahms
Ein Deutsches Requiem*


Britten Les Illuminations


Bruckner
Te deum


Canteloube
Chants d'Auvergne


Elgar
The light of life


Fauré
Requiem


Gounod
Messe Solennelle


Handel
Messiah
Gloria
Alexander’s Feast
Choice of Hercules
Israel in Egypt
Dixit Dominus
Samson (Let the bright Seraphim)
Ode for the birthday of Queen Anne
Silete Venti (motet for voice and orchestra)


Haydn
Nelson Mass
Little Organ Mass
Creation*


Marx, Josef
Orchestral Songs:


Hat dich die liebe berührt
Piemontesisches Volkslied
Sommerlied
Maienblüten
Der Bescheidene Schäfer
Waldseligkeit
Und gestern hat er mir Rosen gebracht


Mendelssohn
Elijah


Mahler
Symphony Nos. 2 & 4*
Concert and Oratorio (continued)


Mozart
Exsultate Jubilate
Requiem
Mass in C minor (sop 2)
Mass in C major
Vespers
Concert Arias:
Ch’io mi scordi di te
Per pieta non ricercate
Vado, ma dove?


Oppenheimer, David
Deborah (2012, world premiere)


Pergolesi
Stabat Mater


Purcell
Come ye sons of art


Rodrigo
Cuatro madrigales amatorios


Rossini
Petite Messe Solennelle


Rutter
Mass of the children


Tippett
A Child of Our Time


Vaughan Williams
Sea Symphony
Dona Nobis Pacem


Vivaldi
Gloria


Weill
Various Broadway songs


*in preparation

Opera repertoire

Britten
Governess The Turn of the Screw


Cavalli
Erisbe L’Ormindo


Debussy
Title role Pelleas et Melisande 


Donizetti
Adina L’elisir d’amore
Norina Don Pasquale


Handel
Rossane Alessandro


Amarilli Il Pastor Fido
Title Role Rodelinda
Cleopatra Giulio Cesare*


Monteverdi
La Musica, Ninfa / Euridice Orfeo


Mozart
Susanna Le nozze di Figaro
Zerlina Don Giovanni
Serpetta La finta giardiniera
Pamina / First Lady Die Zauberflöte
Ilia Idomeneo*


Offenbach
Euridice Orpheus in the Underworld


Poulenc
Blanche Dialogues des carmélites*


Puccini
Lauretta Gianni Schicchi


Purcell
Dido Dido and Aeneas


Rameau
Cephise Pygmalion


Shankar, Ravi
Title role Sukanya


Gilbert & Sullivan
Title role Patience


Strauss, J
Rosalinde Die Fledermaus 


Stravinsky
Anne Trulove The Rake’s Progress*


Telemann
Cephisa Orpheus


Verdi
Nanetta Falstaff*


Weill
Rose Maurrant Street Scene


*in preparation

Recital and chamber repertoire

Bellini
Sei Ariette


Brahms
Liebeslieder Waltzes (two pianos, SATB)


Britten
On this Island
Folksongs arrangements


Copland
Twelve Poems by Emily Dickinson


Debussy
Ariettes Oubliées


Dove
Ariel


Fauré
Various


Gibbs
The fields are full
Five Eyes


Gurney
Sleep
Snow
Most holy night


Haydn
Various


Hughes
Several Irish country songs


Korngold
3 Lieder op.22


Marx, Josef
Am Brunnen
Die Liebste Spricht


Mendelssohn
Various


Mozart
Various


Parry
My heart is like a singing bird
Jerusalem


Poulenc
La courte Paille
Deux poèmes de Louis Aragon


Porter
Miss Otis Regrets
Anything Goes
You’re the top
It’s de-lovely


Purcell
Various


Quilter
Now sleeps the crimson petal
Fair house of joy
Music when soft voices die
Love’s Philosophy


Ravel
Cinq mélodies populaires grecques


Roussel
Light


Schönberg
String Quartet No.2


Schubert
Various Lieder including Goethe-Lieder
Shepherd on the Rock


Schumann
Frauenliebe und leben
various Lieder, esp. to texts by Heine, Rückert


Spohr
Sechs Deutsche Lieder (voice, piano and clarinet)


Stanford
Joy, shipmate, joy
Crossing the bar
The Fair


Scarlatti
Mio tesoro per te moro (voice, piano and trumpet)


Strauss
Various Lieder


Vaughan Williams
Blake songs (Voice and oboe)


White, Maude Valerie
So we’ll go no more a-roving
The devout lover
My soul is an enchanted boat
The Throstle


Wolf
Goethe Lieder
Mörike Lieder
Italienisches Liederbuch


Others
Various lute songs by Dowland, Campion and Rosseter
Several folk songs, annonymous and arrangement
Several Broadway and musical theatre songs

No barb hits as powerfully as Susanna Hurrell’s gorgeous O Mio Babbino Caro — really putting the divine into the comedy.

Times

With a voice that soared over every obstacle that Donizetti threw at it, and eye-flashing spirit coupled with wonderfully sensitive and detailed acting, we've rarely seen an opera buffa heroine brought so completely and joyously to life.

Birmingham Post

Sensationally well sung by Susanna Hurrell.

What’s On Stage

Intermusica represents Susanna Hurrell worldwide

Rachel Walters
Senior Artist Manager, Vocal & Opera
+44 20 7608 9903
rwalters@intermusica.co.uk

Martha Hartman
Associate Artist Manager, Vocal & Opera
+44 20 7608 9921
mhartman@intermusica.co.uk

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