Biography

Susanna Stranders is Head of Music Staff for Garsington Opera. She began her musical training with Harpenden Musicale on piano, violin, oboe and percussion. After graduating from Exeter University with first-class honours in music she studied, with support from the Harpenden Music Foundation, at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and won many accompanist prizes. As opera coach at the College-Conservatory of Music, Cincinnati, she was supported by the Henry Richardson Award 2000–2 and by the Magro Foundation. She was répétiteur for Cincinnati Opera, San Francisco Opera’s Merola Programme, and a member of the Houston Grand Opera Studio, Texas. From 2004-2006, Susanna was a répétiteur on the Young Artists Programme at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden.

She has since worked regularly for the Royal Opera House, for New York City Opera at BAM, for the Glyndebourne Festival and Tour, Opera Grange Park, the Philharmonia orchestra, London Symphony Orchestra, Complicite, and the Festspiele and Landestheater, Salzburg. Susanna has accompanied leading singers and instrumentalists in recital performances including René Pape, Bryn Terfel, Sir John Tomlinson, Christine Rice, Kate Royal, Mark Padmore, Kurt Streit, Jeremy White, Andrew Kennedy, Adrian Thompson, Ailish Tynan, Andrei Bondarenko, and cellists Guy Johnston and Paul Watkins. Susanna is the pianist for Ellipsis, a trio with oboist Melanie Ragge and flautist Robert Manasse.

A passionate educator, Susanna leads masterclasses with Wendy Dawn Thompson for the Blackheath Halls ‘Song Circle’ series, enjoys giving lectures and masterclasses for arts clubs and educational institutions throughout the country and abroad, adjudicating on audition and competition panels, performing at charity events, and working as a trustee for the Harpenden Music Foundation. 

Currently a Senior Opera Coach at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, a guest coach at the Royal Academy of Music, the Welsh International Academy of Voice, the National Opera Studio and for the Jette Parker Young Artists Programme, Susanna is also official pianist for the National Youth Chamber Orchestra of Great Britain, Music Director for the Opera Scenes at Oxenfoord International Summer School and is official pianist for the Veronica Dunne International Voice Competition. She has broadcast live for the BBC on both television and radio.