Ballarat-born soprano, Suzanne Donald, made her debut with Melbourne Opera in their production of "Madame Butterfly" earlier this year in the title role.
She was most recently seen as "Lucia di Lammermoor" with Melbourne City Opera, and also appeared in that company’s concert version of Verdi’s "Il Corsaro" in the role of Gulnara.
During her time in New York she was invited back to Australia to sing the role of Nedda in "I Pagliacci" with Opera Queensland in 2002.
She made her US debut in the role of Constanza in "The Abduction from the Seraglio" with Bronx Opera, and was re-engaged by this company to sing the role of Birdie in Marc Blitzstein’s "Regina". She performed in Carmen with Tulsa Opera, singing the role of Frasquita, and with this same company sang Pousette in Massenet’s "Manon" in a production by Fabrizio Melano.
Over the years she has had much success in singing competitions, including appearing as an Eastern Region finalist in the US NATS Artist Award competition in Montreal. She was also a finalist in the inaugural "Metropolitan Opera Young Artist Study Award". Suzanne was awarded the Geelong Aria Award in 2000, and in that same year was given an Opus 50 Charitable Trust Scholarship Award.
After singing for a season in the Melbourne chorus of Opera Australia, and with the assistance of a study grant from this company, Suzanne moved to New York in 1997 to complete her Master’s in Music Performance at Brooklyn College. Whilst completing her degree she performed the title role in Carlisle Floyd’s "Susannah", and sang Fiordiligi in "Cosi fan Tutte". Other Mozart heroines in her repertoire include Donna Anna in "Don Giovanni" and Madame Goldentrill in "The Impresario".
Ms. Donald has performed regularly on the concert platform with Bronx Opera, and appeared as a soloist with the Orchestra of the Bronx in Rossini’s "Stabat Mater". Other solo Oratorio engagements have included "J.S. Bach Magnificat", "St. John Passion", "Elijah", "The Messiah", "C.P.E. Bach Magnificat", and "Schubert Mass in G Major". In January 2004 she was granted a scholarship to study German Language at the Goethe Institute in Germany, and whilst in Bonn, gave a Lieder program recital.