Susan Tsagkaris

Susan Tsagkaris

Critically acclaimed Susan Tsagkaris has emerged as one of Canada’s foremost dramatic sopranos. Celebrated for her voluptuous tone, extensive range and coloratura flexibility, Susan is a true artist with a passion for music.

Susan was first discovered and brought to Toronto by the late Lotfi Mansouri to join the Canadian Opera Company ensemble. She appeared in many mainstage/touring roles throughout Ontario and internationally in roles such as; Mimi in La Boheme, Despina in Cosi Fan Tutte, Polly Peachum in The Beggar’s Opera, Jessie in The Little Mahagonny Songspiel, and Clorinda in La Cenerentola.Susan also appeared in other COC productions including SalomeLa Traviata and Boris Goudonov. 

Recognized for her extensive range, thrilling sound and emotionally powerful delivery, Susan was given the great honour to perform alongside Ben Heppner to singing the final duet from Andrea Chenier at an Opera Canada gala. Excitement shown by the audience was one of the first indications that Susan was destined for the specialized dramatic soprano niche.Susan has lent her voice to many notable Canadian opera companies, in performances such as; Constanze in Pacific Opera’s Die Entfuhrung Aus Dem Serail,Calgary Opera’s productions of Verdi’s Rigoletto, Humperdinck’s Hansel und Gretel, Rossini’s Cenerentola, Bizet’s Carmen and Verdi’s Nabucco. Susan appeared in Toronto Opera in Concert’s productions of La Wally as Wally, Vivetta in L’Arlesiana, and Janthe in Der Vampire.

Susan’s natural musical talent is shown through in her success and ability to sing across a wide range of musical styles. She has performed alongside numerous Canadian Symphonies; touted for her intense dramatic and remarkable voice resound. Notable concert performances include;Beethoven’s 9th Symphony, Handel’s Messiah, Verdi’s Requiem, Britten’s War Requiem, Saffi in Gypsy Baron (with Georg Tintner conducting).

Other accomplishments include Susan’s part in Richard Fanshawe’s African Sanctus at the Toronto Centre for the Arts, appearances with Orchestra London and  at the Boris Brott Festival. Susan recently took part in the well-known Toronto international art festival LUMINATO and in Rufus Wainwright’s internationally acclaimed opera Prima Donna, directed by Tim Albery.

Susan continually challenges herself to grow and evolve. Recently endorsed,mentored and coached by Wagnerian Diva Jane Eaglen, Susan is perfecting the Wagnerian roles of Brünnhilde and Isolde in addition to focusing on roles such as Electra and Turandot. Last year Eaglen invited Susan to attend the Wagner Intensive in Cleveland, Ohio where she performed Wagnerian excerpts in the role of Brünnhildie from Die Walküre and Götterdämerung and as Isolde from Tristan und Isolde. This led to recognition and a scholarship from the Wagner Society of Ohio. While in Ohio, Susan was chosen as the featured North American artist for a DeutscheWelle TV 2013 television special. This special commemorates the bicentenary of Wagner’s birth and aired across Germany and Europe.

Most recently, Susan has appeared with Kitchener Waterloo Symphony as the soprano soloist in Beethoven’s 9th Symphony. In May 2013, Susan debuted with Chorus Niagara and Niagara Symphony singing as the soprano soloist in Verdi’s Requiem, celebrating the 50th year for Chorus Niagara and the bicentennial of Verdi.

Susan trained at the University of Calgary and at the Banff Centre for theArts. Along side her operatic singing, Susan mentors and teaches a number of up and coming Canadian opera singers.

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