Raised in Northumberland with qualifications from the Universities of Durham and London and Trinity College of Music, Susan is a versatile singer winning critical praise for her strong dramatic sense and rich, warm sound.
Her operatic roles include Katya (cover)/The Passenger (English National Opera), Second Niece (cover)/Peter Grimes (English National Opera), Caterina/L’amico Fritz, Micaëla/Carmen (Opera Holland Park), La Comtesse/Le Count Ory, Lucy/The Telephone (New Chamber Opera) and in scenes, Anne Trulove/The Rake’s Progress, Pamina/Die Zauberflöte and Helena/A Midsummer Night’s Dream (New Chamber Opera).
An integral part of the group of musicians who founded the now internationally renowned Oxford Lieder Festival, Susan possesses a diverse, extensive song repertoire, including new, commissioned works and has sung at venues including HM Treasury, Handel House Museum, Leighton House, London; Holywell Music Room, New College Chapel and Jacqueline du Pre Hall, Oxford. Having enjoyed collaborating with pianists such as Julius Drake, Iain Farrington, Alisdair Hogarth and Sholto Kynoch, she is delighted to establish a new duo partnership with Ben Dawson.
Susan is a regular soloist with the Choir of Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford performing works including Bach St John Passion, St Matthew Passion and Mozart Requiem. Other notable concert appearances are Mozart Mass in C Minor, Beethoven Mass in C, Brahms Ein Deutsches Requiem, Dvorak Te Deum, Vaughan Williams A Sea Symphony, Dona Nobis Pacem, Tippett A Child of Our Time and Orff Carmina Burana.