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Susana Gaspar

Portuguese soprano Susana Gaspar's recent engagements
have included Gilda in Rigoletto for Nevill Holt Opera, Teatro São Carlos
Season Opening Gala in Lisbon, Mimi in La bohème for Grange Park
Opera, First Nymph in Rusalka (Opera de Valladolid), Mozart's
Coronation Mass and Handel's Dettingen Te Deum at the Cadogan
Hall, a gala concert with Royal Tunbridge Wells Symphonic Orchestra, a CD of
arias and duets under Renato Balsadonna with Royal Philharmonic
Orchestra, a recording of Semiramide with Opera Rara, return to the
Royal Albert Hall (BBC Proms Festival 2016), and her debut with Le Cercle de l'Harmonie under the baton of Jérémie Rhorer at Deauville Festival.

Her recent appearances include a concert performance of Rigoletto with the London Symphony Orchestra under Gianandrea Noseda, recitals with Gary Matthewman, Beethoven’s Mass in C with the Philharmonia Orchestra and Stephen Cleobury, Cesar Franck's Les béatitudes and Elgar’s The Spirit of England in Lisbon and concerts in Porto under Martin André, Haydn’s Die Schopfung with the Símon Bolívar Symphony Orchestra under Gustavo Dudamel.

Susana represented Portugal in the 2013 BBC Cardiff Singer of the World.

She joined the Jette Parker Young Artists Programme (JPYAP) in September 2011 and made her Covent Garden debut as Barbarina in Le nozze di Figaro , followed by Contessa di Ceprano in Rigoletto , Giannetta in L’elisir d’amore , First innocent in Birtwistle's Minotaur , Papagena in Die Zauberflöte , and Voice from Heaven in Don Carlo . Also at the ROH she covered Susanna in Le nozze di Figaro , Gilda in Rigoletto , Mimì in La bohème , Waldvogel in Siegfried , Adina in L’elisir d’amore , Magda in La Rondine and Corinna in Il viaggio a Reims (JPYAP 10 Anniversary Summer Performance). During Meet the Young Artists Week, at the Linbury Theatre, she sang and recorded – for Opera Rara – a staged production of Les nuits d’été (Berlioz) and Aurore in Le portrait de Manon (Massenet).

Opera roles include: Violetta in La traviata for Hawke’s Bay Opera (New Zealand), Josephine in Martinu's Comedy on the Bridge , Lauretta in Gianni Schicchi and Vi in Gershwin's Blue Monday at Teatro Nacional de São Carlos, Paride in Gluck's Paride ed Elena at Centro Cultural de Belém, Mimì in La bohème for British Youth Opera, Dircea/Mochila in José de Nebra's Iphigenia en Tracia at Zürich’s Grossmünster, title role in Daniel Schvetz's The Little Prince at Teatro da Trindade, Euridice in Orfeo ed Euridice at Convento de Mafra. She has appeared in concert and recital in London (St Martin-in-the- Fields, St Olave’s Church, Barbican Centre, Wigmore Hall, Cadogan Hall), Winchester, Cambridge, Birmingham, Cardiff, Lisbon (Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, Centro Cultural de Belém), Porto (Casa da Música), Zürich, France, Malaysia and Mexico.

Competition awards include the Basil Turner Prize (BYO), First Prize, Best Lied/Mélodie, Best Portuguese Song and Associação Musical do Algarve prizes in the 4th edition of the Portuguese Rotary Foundation Singing Competition (2010). She was a finalist in the Richard Tauber Competition at Wigmore Hall (2010) and the GSMD Gold Medal Singing Competition (2009).

Susana studied at Lisbon’s Music Conservatory, Guildhall School of Music & Drama (MMus), and The National Opera Studio in London (backed by the Royal Opera House).