Susanna Sundberg Biography English

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Susanna Sundberg, Contralto – Biography

A real contralto voice is rare to find but Susanna really possesses that dark, yet vibrant, elegant timbre. Her expressive stage presence and musicality has made her an appreciated artist, both in opera and concert repertoire.

Active since her diploma from the University College of Opera in Stockholm in 2006, she has appeared at several of the most important stages in Sweden, like the Royal Opera, Gothenburg opera, Malmö opera, Norrlandsoperan, Folkoperan, Opera på Skäret and more.

In November 2023 Susanna will sing the contralto solo in ”Sången” by Stenhammar at Berwaldhallen, Stockholm with the renowned conductor Patrik Ringborg.

Susanna made her latest role debut as Ulrica in Verdi’s Un ballo in maschera in 2022. Other notable roles are Mrs.Quickly in Verdi’s Falstaff, Mary in Wagner’s Der fliegende Holländer, Amastre in Händel’s Xerxes and Maddalena in Verdi’s Rigoletto.

She performs regularly in sacred and concert repertoire and has been highly praised for her interpretations of composers like Bach and Händel. She has a long experience of creating lied programs and is very dedicated to keeping the lieder repertoire alive.

Susanna has been awarded 1st prize in the Kokkola Lied Competition (Finland) and was given a special prize at the International Sibelius Singing Competition. Recipient of scholarships from the Swedish Wagner society, the Drottningholm theater, Anders Wall, Konstnärsnämnden, the Royal Swedish Academy of Music, and the TSO-sisters, to name a few.

Voices from the press:

”The real treat of the afternoon was undoubtedly the soloists… The contralto Susanna Sundberg was impressive as the fortune teller Ulrica. Also in this role you have to master the different vocal registers” Tidskriften Opera no.4 2022

”Susanna Sundberg’s Mrs Quickly being particularly notable for her wide range and delightful acting.” Seen & Heard International 

” …a buoyant, expressive contralto voice and delightfully uses all the gambits of Mrs. Quickly.” Svenska Dagbladet

The real pearl of the evening, Susanna Sundberg’s powerful contralto voice in But who may abide, with a palpable presence.” Västerbottens-kuriren

”..with her large, warm and dynamic voice she fulfilled all the aspects of how the contralto solo should be portrayed.” Arvika Nyheter

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