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Suzanne Rigden

Canadian soprano Suzanne Rigden is establishing herself on the International stage with her “remarkable gift for stratospheric coloratura” and “comic genius”, as evidenced in her “dazzling” performance in the Quarter-Finals of the Montreal International Voice Competition 2015 and her summer recitals as a Tanglewood Music Fellow. She recently “stole the stage” in the role of Adele in DIE FLEDERMAUS with Vancouver Opera, where Opera Canada said “Suzanne Rigden brought an agile and graceful coloratura as well as an impish coquettishness to the role of Adele and played her as a delightfully shrewd and feisty survivor to win huge audience empathy and applause at curtain.” Opera World described “her effervescent approach and her strong and confident singing of the most difficult coloratura parts.”

Suzanne Rigden also performed Adele with Maritime Concert Opera, Zerlina in DON GIOVANNI with Opera Nova Scotia, Elvira in L’ITALIANA IN ALGERI with Opera Company of Middlebury, Vermont, Queen of the Night in LA FLÛTE ENCHANTÉE with FestivalOpéra de Saint-Eustache, and Zerbinetta in ARIADNE AUF NAXOS with Pacific Opera Victoria, and Blondchen in DIE ENTFÜHRUNG AUS DEM SERAIL with the Ann Arbor Symphony. She returned to Victoria as soloist with Victoria Symphony’s Viennese New Year’s, and will play Tytania in Brittens A MISUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM in April. Suzanne returned to her gilbert adn Sullivan roots in a fun debut as Mabel in Pirates of Penzance in Saint Jakobs, Ontario. Critics underline Suzanne’s magical performances and character portrayal. Opera Canada wrote, ​”… the sassy Zerbinetta (soprano Suzanne Rigden, who nailed the high E), … could give classes in how to sing well while bringing a character to life with a gesture or a glance.”

A graduate of l’Atelier lyrique de l’Opéra de Montréal, Suzanne Rigden made a glorious Montreal Opera debut in the role of Sophie in WERTHER, and participated in a tour of Quebec with their show of opera favourites called ALEACANTO. Suzanne also appeared in Montreal Opera’s productions of RIGOLETTO, TOSCA, and DIE ZAUBERFLÖTE, covering Queen of the Night while performing First Spirit. She also sang Gertrude in André Gagnon’s NELLIGAN, produced by Atelier lyrique.

Recent seasons have included a tour of CARMEN as Frasquita with Jeunesses Musicales du Canada, a role she also played in Czech Republic, Blondchen with Opera Nova Scotia, and a return to Merola Opera Centre in San Francisco as Lady with a Hand Mirror from POSTCARD FROM MOROCCO and cover of Serpetta in LA FINTA GIARDINIERA. She performed the role of Morgana in ALCINA with the Pocket Opera of New York and was widely acclaimed by San Francisco critics for her Rosina in IL BARBIERE DI SIVIGLIA with the Merola Opera Program. Suzanne Rigden sang Asprano in MONTEZUMA with Ensemble Caprice at the Montreal Baroque Festival, and Fire and Nightingale in L’ENFANT ET LES SORTILÈGES with ICAV Montréal. 

Suzanne Rigden has performed internationally, including Mozarteum in Salzburg, Austria, and l’Académie internationale de musique française Michel Plasson in France. In Tel Aviv, Israel, she played the role of Marie in LA FILLE DU RÉGIMENT with the International vocal Arts Institute (IVAI), and has recently returned from a successful Eternal Classic Opera Tour of 14 cities in China. Suzanne has participated in several international competitions, winning First Place and the Audience Choice award in the 2015 National Opera Association Voice Competition, Artist division, in North Carolina. She delighted the audience in her quarter-finalist recital in the Montreal International Voice Competition 2015, was semi-finalist at the International Singing Competition in Marmande (France), semi-finalist in the Ningbo International Vocal Competition (China), and finalist and winner of Second Prize, Audience Award, and an Audition for Regio de Torino in Spazio Music (Orvieto, Italy) 2009 and 2014. Suzanne received the Award for a Canadian at the George London Competition in New York in 2012, as well as the Encouragement Award in 2010. She received two Hariclea Darclée Michael Buruiana awards, two Jacqueline Desmarais Foundation awards, and both the Audience Appreciation and First Encouragement Awards at the Regional MET Auditions Competition in Seattle, WA. 

In concert, Suzanne has been heard with the San Francisco Opera Orchestra, Orchestre Metropolitain du Grand Montréal, Ensemble Caprice, Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal, Orchestre Symphonique des Jeunes de Montréal, Orchestra London, Symphony Nova Scotia, Newfoundland Symphony, Teplice Symphony, Czech Republic, and Victoria Symphony.