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BIOGRAPHY

Susan Bickley is firmly established as one of the most versatile mezzo-sopranos of her generation. In venues such as the Opéra de Paris, San Francisco Opera, New Israeli Opera, De Vlaamse Opera, De Nederlandse Opera, Staatsoper Unter den Linden, Glyndebourne Festival Opera, Garsington Opera and all the major British opera houses she has sung, among others, Penelope (Il ritorno d’Ulisse in patria), the Sorceress (Dido and Aeneas), Kostelnicka (Jenufa), Herodias (Salome), Kabanicha (Kát’a Kabanová), Countess Geschwitz (Lulu), Baba the Turk (The Rake’s Progress) and the Ghost (Birtwistle’s The Last Supper). She has also created roles in Louis Andriessen’s Writing to Vermeer, Turnage’s Twice through the Heart and Gerald Barry’s The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant. She works regularly with all the major British symphony orchestras and ensembles, and on the international concert platform has performed with Les Arts Florissants, the Ensemble Intercontemporain, Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra, Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie, NDR Radiophilharmonie in Hanover, and The Sixteen. She made her Carnegie Hall debut singing Stravinsky’s Requiem Canticles and has also appeared at the Kennedy Center, Salzburg Festival, Edinburgh International Festival, BBC Proms, and at the Wigmore Hall. In recital she has performed with Roger Vignoles, Iain Burnside, Julius Drake, and the Nash Ensemble. For Chandos, Susan Bickley has recorded works by Rossini and Edmund Rubbra.

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