About Susannah

“A heart-stopping vocal performance…her crystal, pure high notes carrying the listener into another dimension.”

Jennifer Gall, Canberra Times, April 19th 2013, reviewing The Song Company’s “The Prophet”

 

With her fine legato and secure, un-showy delivery, she made the ideal soloist.

Clive Paget, Limelight, April 30th 2017 , Reviewing the Bach Akademie Australia’s “An Easter Celebration”

“Her pristine clarity in arabesques at the very top of her range were of surpassing beauty.”

Peter McCallum, SMH, March 25th 2013, reviewing The Song Company’s “The Prophet”

Soprano Susannah Lawergren performs both as a specialist ensemble member and soloist, bridging art song, early music, contemporary music, oratorio and operatic repertoire. She has performed with some of the foremost musicians and ensembles in Australia, including Bach Akademie Australia, Ensemble Offspring, Joseph Tawadros, Tobias Cole, ACO, SSO, MSO and the Australia Ensemble as well as international artists like the Wallfisch Ensemble, Forma Antiqva, Simone Vallerotonda and Nigel North.

 

Born in New York, Susannah moved to Sydney as a child and has studied singing and languages in Sydney, Rome, Uppsala (Sweden), London and New York. She holds an Advanced Diploma of Opera from the Sydney Conservatorium, and a BA (Politics) with Distinction from the University of NSW. After a season with Opera Australia’s Schools Company, coming second in the National Aria Award and competing as a finalist for the Opera Foundation’s German Award, she joined the Song Company in 2011.

As a core member of the Song Company, she has performed a remarkably diverse range of vocal ensemble and vocal chamber music in performances around the country, is regularly broadcast on ABC Classic FM and has appeared on many albums, the most recent being In Illo Tempore with Hyperion Records. She has performed at many of the major festivals in Australia, last year appearing in Brett Dean’s operatic smash hit Hamlet at the Adelaide Festival and singing Bach cantatas with the Bach Akademie Australia at her eighth Canberra International Music Festival. As a solo recitalist, recent performances have included the spare programme, Songs of Solitude for Art Song Canberra with pianist Benjamin Burton, and two concerts of newly composed song cycles for soprano and chamber ensemble in the Sydney Opera House’s Utzon Room, with new ensembles the Kasba Trio and Hourglass Ensemble.

In 2019 she will appear in an opera by Kaija Saariaho in the Sydney Festival with Sydney Chamber Opera, and will continue her collaboration with the Bach Akademie and Canberra International Festival, singing soprano solo in Pergolesi Stabat Mater and Bach’s St Johns Passion.  In June, in the relatively mild Australian winter, she will collaborate with pianist Vatche Jambazian, performing the devastating Winterreise by Schubert, rarely if ever sung in Australia by a soprano. Also in June, she will sing with acclaimed UK group Voces 8, adding with Amy Moore a 9th and 10th voice to the group for a chamber version of Bach’s glorious B Minor Mass at Melbourne’s Australian National Academy of Music.