“A heart-stopping vocal performance…her crystal, pure high notes carried the listener into another dimension.”
– Canberra Times
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Susannah performs both as a specialist ensemble member and soloist, bridging art song, early music, contemporary music, oratorio and opera.
As a core member of the Song Company since 2011, she has performed a diverse range of vocal ensemble and chamber music in performances around the country, is regularly broadcast on ABC Classic FM and has appeared on many albums, most recently In Illo Tempore with Hyperion Records. She has performed with some of the foremost musicians and ensembles in Australia and at many of the major music festivals. This year she appeared in Saariaho’s La Passion de Simone in the 2019 Sydney Festival with Sydney Chamber Opera, and will soon appear at her ninth Canberra International Music Festival singing Bach, Schubert and Pergolesi.
As a soloist, recent performances have included singing with the Sydney Symphony for Blue Planet II, the spare programme, Songs of Solitude for Art Song Canberra with pianist Benjamin Burton, and two separate concerts of newly composed song cycles for soprano and chamber ensemble in the Sydney Opera House’s Utzon Room, with the Hourglass Ensemble and Kasba Trio. In June she will sing Schubert’s Winterreise for SongCo Solo with pianist Vatche Jambazian and join Voces 8 in a chamber Bach B Minor Mass.
Soprano Susannah Lawergren and pianist Vatche Jambazian perform Schubert’s Winterreise, one of the greatest song cycles of all.
The action has all happened. The journey has no destination bar one – from which noone has ever returned. Memories, mirages and dreams invade the wanderer’s mind, and crows and graveyards offer him strange comfort.
Lotte Lehmann recorded and performed the first female Winterreise during World War II. Christa Ludwig, Brigitte Fassbaender, Christine Schäfer have all recorded versions and late last year, Joyce di Donato made her Winterreise debut. Winterreise for soprano is a rare event, especially in Australia, making this a very special inaugural SongCo Solo recital.
Bach, Sorrow and Joy
The music of J.S. Bach has been described as “indestructible” – the beauty of Bach’s counterpoint shines through even the most unusual arrangement, such as The Song Company’s celebrated scat version of the final fugue from The Art of Fugue, the contrapuntal handbook par excellence! But Bach also turned his hand to other composers’ music and did his own arranging, including his German-language rewrite of Pergolesi’s famous and enduring setting of the Stabat mater. The boy choristers of St Mary’s Cathedral Choir join forces with The Song Company soloists Susannah Lawergren and Anna Fraser for music inspired by the ultimate bond of mother and son.
Concerts of Pergolesi's Stabat Mater with mezzo-soprano Hannah Fraser and Bach's St John's Passion with Bach Akademie Australia
Domine Deus from Bach’s B Minor Mass
Performed with Richard Black and the Wallfisch Ensemble with Roland Peelman conducting at the 2012 Canberra International Music Festival
O quam tristis from Stabat Mater by Pergolesi
Performed with Anna Fraser at the 2012 Coriole Festival with Lucinda Moon on violin and Roland Peelman conducting.
Manon’s Gavotte by Massenet
Performed at the New Church, Manhattan for the Grimaldi Series, 2010