Susan Bickley, mezzo-soprano

Susan Bickley is as one of the most accomplished mezzo-sopranos of her generation, with a wide repertory encompassing the Baroque, the great 19th and 20th century dramatic roles, as well as contemporary repertoire. In May 2011 she received the prestigious Singer Award at the Royal Philharmonic Society Awards, the highest recognition for live classical music in the UK.


Highlights of the 2017–18 season include Eduige in Handel’s Rodelinda for English National Opera under Christian Curnyn, Auntie in Britten’s Peter Grimes with Edward Gardner and the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra at the Edinburgh Festival, Eurycleia in John Fulljames’ production of Monteverdi’s Il ritorno d’Ulisse in patria for the Royal Opera at the Roundhouse, and Carmen in David Sawer’s world premiere The Skating Rink for Garsington Opera.


Recent operatic highlights include Matron in Shostakovich’s The Nose at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, Paulina in Ryan Wigglesworth’s world premiere The Winter’s Tale for English National Opera, and Genevieve in Debussy’s Pelléas et Mélisande for Garsington Opera. Bickley has performed with Opera North as Kostelnicka in Janáček’s Jenufa, as well as Waltraute Götterdämmerung and Fricka Die Walküre in Wagner’s Ring Cycle; she also returned to Welsh National Opera to sing Marcellina The Marriage of Figaro, a role she reprised in summer 2016 at Glyndebourne Festival Opera.

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Susan Bickley, mezzo-soprano

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Oliver Knussen, conductor

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Released 10/2018

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