Perri Sussman
Mezzo-Soprano
 

Biography

Native New Yorker Perri Sussman is a versatile mezzo-soprano who has performed repertoire ranging from classical to contemporary. Described as having "a most promising career awaiting her" (SoundWordSight), she has been on the rosters of prestigious companies including New York City Opera Renaissance, dell'Arte Opera Ensemble, Bronx Opera Company, Dicapo Opera Theatre, Regina Opera Company, Amore Opera, Opera Breve, and OperaOggiNY. Her roles with these companies include Angelina in La Cenerentola, Cherubino in The Marriage of Figaro, Rosina in Il barbiere di Siviglia, Hansel in Hansel und Gretel, Mercedes in Carmen, Dorabella in Women Are Like That, Javotte in Manon, Flora and Annina in La Traviata, Paggio in Rigoletto, La Suora Infermiera and Una Conversa in Suor Angelica, and Third Spirit in The Magic Flute. She recently made her debut with St. Petersburg Opera Company performing as Kate Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly. For this performance, she was nominated by Theatre Tampa Bay for an Outstanding Performance by a Featured Actress in a Musical. She recently reprised this role with Long Island Lyric Opera. She made her international debut with Brott Opera in Ontario, Canada covering Mercedes in Carmen as well as appearing in the chorus. She debuted the role of Alzubra in the world premiere of Made in America: The Interview with OperaOggiNY at Saint Bartholomew’s Episcopal Church in New York City. For this performance, she was hailed as a “rich mezzo” and “a highlight of the evening” (Voce di meche). She performed the Princess in the English language premiere of Dargomyzhsky's Rusalka. She was also one of the vocal soloists in the world premiere of Gilbert and Sullivan the Ballet! with Dances Patrelle.

Ms. Sussman was an Apprentice Artist with Opera in the Ozarks at Inspiration Point where she performed Zweite Dame in Die Zauberflöte and Charlotte in A Little Night Music. Ms. Sussman has also made appearances with the New York Lyric Opera Theatre as Grimgerde in Die Walküre, Una Conversa in Suor Angelica, Le Prince Charmant in Cendrillon, and Tessa in The Gondoliers in such venues as the Bruno Walter Auditorium at Lincoln Center, the DiMenna Center for Classical Music, and the Leonard Nimoy Thalia Hall at Symphony Space.

Ms. Sussman was named a winner in the vocal competition for Riverside Opera Company in 2017. She made her Carnegie Hall debut in the 2011 Master Singer Finalist Concert for the Nico Castel International Master Singer Competition. She was named the 2012 Grand Prize Winner in the voice category of the Ensemble 212 Young Artist Competition. She was a finalist in the 2012 New York Lyric Opera Theatre Vocal Competition.

Ms. Sussman earned her Master's degree from the Manhattan School of Music where she performed Hansel in Hansel and Gretel, Alisa in Lucia di Lammermoor, and Un Pâtre in L’Enfant et les Sortilèges. She earned her Bachelor's degree from Westminster Choir College where she performed La Chatte in L’Enfant et les Sortilèges and covered Cherubino in The Marriage of Figaro. She received the Lucille and Leo Martin Scholarship award after winning first place in the 2005 Westminster Scholarship Voice Competition. She has appeared in master classes led by Martina Arroyo, Margaret Lattimore, Ken Benson, Sesto Quatrini, Scott George, and Willie Anthony Waters.

Ms. Sussman currently resides in New York City and studies voice with Mark Oswald.

Upcoming performances include the role of Rosa Sacco in Marc Blitzstein's
Sacco and Vanzetti at Hofstra University and The Community Church of New York conducted by Leonard Lehrman.  

 

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