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Susan Platts

Mezzo-Soprano

Biography

British-born Canadian mezzo-soprano Susan Platts makes her Royal Opera debut in the 2017/18 Season as Third Lady (Die Zauberflöte). 

Platts studied with Jessye Norman under the Rolex Mentor and Protégé Arts Initiative. She has performed in concert with orchestras including Orchestre de Paris, Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, the BBC, Montréal, Toronto, American, Detroit, Baltimore, Milwaukee, Seattle and Houston symphony orchestras, the Philadelphia, Cleveland and Minnesota orchestras, the Royal Scottish National Orchestra and the Chicago Philharmonic Orchestra. She is particularly associated with the works of Mahler, and has performed in his Das Lied von der Erde, the Second, Third and Eighth symphonies, and Kindertotenlieder, Rückert-Lieder, Des Knaben Wunderhorn and Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen. Her other concert repertory includes Brahms’s Alto Rhapsody, Chausson’s Poème de l’amour et de la mer, Elgar’s Sea Pictures and The Dream of Gerontius, Handel’s Messiah, Schoenberg’s Gurre-Lieder, Verdi’s Requiem and Wagner’s Wesendonck Lieder.

Platts is also a prolific recitalist and has appeared at the Kennedy Center, Washington, and the Lincoln Center and Frick Collection, New York, among others. Her opera engagements include Florence Pike (Albert Herring) for Pacific Opera and Vancouver Opera, Erda (Das Rheingold) for Pacific Opera and Third Secretary to Chairman Mao (Nixon in China) conducted by the composer at the BBC Proms and Berlin Festival. Her recordings include Das Lied von der Erde, Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen and songs by Brahms and Clara Schumann.