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Susan Atherton photograph

Susan Atherton joined Wokingham Choral Society at All Saints Church, Wokingham on Saturday June 25th 2005 to perform an Evening of French Music.

Susan Atherton       Mezzo-soprano

Susan was born in London in 1977. She was a choral scholar at Trinity College, Cambridge where she studied History of Art. After graduating she was awarded the Lilian Baylis bursary to study on The Knack, ENO's part-time opera and music theatre course. She continued her studies at the Royal Academy of Music and later at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama where she made her operatic debut as Ruggiero in Handel's Alcina

Susan joined the Glyndebourne chorus in 2002 and last summer she understudied the role of Ernestina in Rossini's L'Equivoco Stravagante at Garsington Opera. Other roles include Dorabella in Mozart's Cosi fan Tutte and Maman/La Tasse Chinoise in Ravel's L'Enfant et les Sortileges. Excerpts at college included Idamante in Mozart's Idomoneo, Rosina in Rossini's Il Barbiere di Siviglia and Nancy in Britten's Albert Herring.  In 2004 Susan became a Samling Foundation scholar, taking part in Sir Thomas Allen's celebrated course of masterclasses in the Lake District, and last month she performed the role of Melanto in Monteverdi's Ulysses Comes Home with Birmingham Opera Company, directed by Graham Vick.

Susan has worked regularly with groups such as the BBC Singers, and performed as a soloist with Ex Cathedra in the Rachmaninov Vespers. Recent engagements include Bach's Christmas Oratorio with the Leicestershire Chorale, and Bernstein's Chichester Psalms with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra. Future engagements include Handel's Belshazzar with The Tallis Society in Aldeburgh.

  April 2004