Suzi Saperia was born in Wakefield, West Yorkshire and went on to obtain her MusB (Hons) from the University of Manchester, where she was awarded the Proctor-Gregg Prize for her final solo recital. In 2013 she completed her MMus in Vocal Studies at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama. She then went on to study with Professor Susan McCulloch and more recently, Pamela Kuhn.
Suzi has performed with a number of ensembles including The University of Manchester Chamber Choir ‘Ad Solem’, with whom she appeared on the BBC’s Songs of Praise in 2007 and sang for Howard Goodall in the Manchester premiere performance of a new ballet, Eternal Light, at the Lowry in September 2008. In 2010 she became a member of the Guildhall Consort under the direction of Eamonn Dougan (the assistant director to The Sixteen), with whom she performed in the BBC’s Total Immersion on Arvo Pärt at The Barbican and was broadcast on BBC Radio 3 in April 2012. Suzi has performed as part of the Britten Sinfonia Voices at the Queen Elizabeth Hall and took part in Sarah Walker’s 70th Birthday Concert at the Wigmore Hall with The Alma Mater Ensemble. In 2013 she became a founder member of The Portrait Choir, the choir in residence for The National Portrait Gallery.
As an oratorio soloist, Suzi’s repertoire includes Fauré Requiem, Karl Jenkins The Armed Man, Vivaldi Gloria, Poulenc Gloria, Handel Messiah, Vivaldi Beatus Vir and Haydn Nelson Mass. As a concert soloist, Suzi has given annual recitals as part of Doncaster Museum and Wakefield Cathedral Lunchtime Concert Series’ and performed alongside the Orchestra of Square Chapel and Carlton Main Frickley Colliery Band. In 2011, Suzi took part in a collaborative project for the Leeds Lieder Festival with composer, Edward Bell, and poet, Ian Duhig. In 2015 she appeared in numerous performances as part of the Leran Festival in France. Suzi has also taken part in vocal masterclasses with Emma Kirkby and Edith Wiens at the Guildhall School.
Opera experience includes Second Woman in Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas (Opera Hesperia 2008-2009); Frasquita Carmen, Gianetta Gondoliers, Lady Harriet Martha, Governess The Turn of the Screw, Fiordiligi Così fan Tutte (GSMD Opera Scenes 2010-2013); Nannetta Falstaff and Giulietta I Capuletti e I Montecchi (Zêzere Arts Festival 2012); Second Boy and First Lady (cover) The Magic Flute (Ryedale Festival Opera and Grimeborn Festival 2013); Lucy The Telephone , Geraldine A Hand of Bridge and Laetitia in Menotti's The Old Maid & the Thief (Opera Anywhere 2014-15) , Zhou in Kommilitonen! by Sir Peter Maxwell Davies (Welsh National Youth Opera 2016). Between 2016 and 2018 Suzi has been on a UK tour with Opera Anywhere playing the roles of First Lady/First Boy/Papagena in Mozart's The Magic Flute.
Since 2014, Suzi has been a Live Music Now musician, performing for and working with the care home community, people living with dementia as well as special needs schools. She has also been fortunate enough to work as a support musician at the Wigmore Hall for their Singing with Friends choir since it's formation in 2017 and accompanied them to perform in a special concert at Buckingham Palace in honour of Princess Alexandra.
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