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Canadian mezzo-soprano Susanne Holmes studied at the Royal College of Music, London, England and went on to train at the Vlaamse Opera Studio, Belgium and was the recipient of the 2006 Donna Steinacher award.
Recent opera performances include Hansel, Hansel and Gretel for Co-opera Co. and Opera Studio Oxford; Anna, Intermezzo for the Buxton Festival; Papagena, Second Lady and Second Boy in The Magic Flute for Co-opera Co., UK; Mercedes, Carmen for Co-opera Co.; Celia in Haydn's La Fedeltà Premiata for Opera in Concert, Toronto; The House of the Sleeping Beauties (Defoort), La Monnaie, Brussels; Dido, Dido and Aeneas with Opera Erratica, Toronto; Der Trommler, Der Kaiser von Atlantis (Ullmann), Nympha , L'Euridice (Caccini) and Baba the Turk, The Rake’s Progress. Susanne has also covered the title role in Mignon (Thomas), Hamor, Jephtha and Bostana, The Barber of Baghdad (Cornelius) for the Buxton Festival. Recent Oratorio and concert performances include Piacere in Handel's Il trionfo del tempo e del disinganno for Toronto's Handelfest 2011, Micah in Handel's Samson, the UK premiere of Steve Reich's Know what is above you, Beethoven's Mass in C, Rossini's Petite Messe Solennelle and Haydn's Harmoniemesse (both for Buxton Festival Opera); Bach’s St. Johannes Passion, Mass in b minor, and Weihnacht-Oratorium; Handel’s Messiah and Dixit Dominus; and Mahler’s Symphony IV.
As a recitalist Susanne has collaborated with pianists including Graham Johnson, David Owen Norris, and Robert Kortgaard and recently performed in recitals celebrating the works of Samuel Barber and Robert Schumann for the Buxton Festival. Ms. Holmes has also collaborated with conductors Stephen Higgins, Stephen Barlow, Patrick Davin, Peter Schreier, Bob Chilcott, John Wilson, and Andrew Greenwood.
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