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Susannah Appleyard

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I am a dramatic coloratura soprano living in Sussex and working as a freelance performer and vocal tutor. I have strong acting skills and extensive stage experience. I have been working on a professional basis since graduating from Trinity Laban. I have over 15 years teaching experience including diploma level. I am now working extensively with the International pianist Evgenia Startseva, (Maxim Vengerov’s preferred accompanist) as my regular accompanist and studying with Louise Winter. I enjoy dancing, Pilates, sewing, and the beach hut.

Susannah is an experienced Soloist and has sung with many different Choral Societies and opera companies, including at Arundel Cathedral, and as a regular soloist with Hastings Philharmonic Choir. Repertoire includes Mendelssohn’s Elijah, Hear My Prayer in Paris, Karl Jenkins’ The Armed Man, Handel’s Messiah, Fauré Requiem, Bach Magnificat, Vivaldi Gloria, Rossini Petite Messe Solennelle and more. Previous roles include Casilda in The Gondoliers, Angelina in Trial by Jury, First Witch, Dido and Aeneas with Opera South East, which toured to Germany. Donna Anna Cover, Longborough Young Artist’s 2010 Tour, First Witch and Mystery (The Fairy Queen) in Purcell double bill with Barefoot Opera, September 2013. Chorus/Fairy in Verdi’s Falstaff with Woodhouse Opera.
Susannah worked with composer Orlando Gough and vocal group, The Shout on Sea Tongue, commissioned to mark the re-opening of the iconic De La Warr Pavilion and again recently in Bloom Britannia. Susannah also performed there in ETO’s community Jazz Opera, Bridgetower, by Julian Joseph. In 2014 she headlined at an outdoor Opera Event with Baritone George Humphreys and an outdoor Messiah as solo soprano at Hastings Castle with renowned trumpeter Crispian Steele-Perkins. She has regularly performed for conductor Hilary Davon-Wetton. Unusual performances have included in a boxing ring, whilst on a moving escalator, art installations and a rugby world cup anthem commissioned recording.

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