Susan Platts

British-born Canadian mezzo-soprano Susan Platts brings a uniquely rich and wide-ranging voice to the concert and recital repertoire for alto and mezzo-soprano.

In May of 2004, as part of the Rolex Mentor and Protégé Arts Initiative, world-renowned soprano Jessye Norman chose Ms Platts from 26 candidates world-wide to be her protégée. She has had the honor of spending a year mentoring with Ms Norman. Recently, Ms Platts made her debuts at Carnegie Hall, Teatro alla Scala and at Teatro di San Carlo, as well as return performances with the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra, Cleveland Orchestra and Vancouver Symphony.

During past seasons she has appeared with the Philadelphia Orchestra, CBC Radio Orchestra (Mario Bernardi), L’Orchestre de Paris (Christoph Eschenbach), NAC Orchestra (Pinchas Zuckerman), Toronto Symphony Orchestra (Sir Andrew Davis), Les Violons du Roy (Bernard Labadie), the Oregon Bach Festival (Helmuth Rilling), and the Detroit Symphony (Itzhak Perlman). Ms Platts has opened two of America’s distinguished art song series: the Vocal Arts Society at the Kennedy Center, in Washington D.C. and the “Art of the Song” Series at Lincoln Center, in New York City.

She has recorded Mahler’s Das Lied von der Erde with Gary Bertini and the Tokyo Metropolitan Orchestra, a CD of dramatic sacred art songs with Dalton Baldwin, and Gustav Mahler’s Eines fahrenden Gesellen with the Smithsonian Chamber Players and Santa Fe Pro Musica.

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