Susanna Hurrell made a “notable debut” (Daily Telegraph) with the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden as Erisbe in Cavalli L’Ormindo at the Sam Wanamaker Theatre, directed by Kasper Holten and conducted by Christian Curnyn.
This season’s highlights include Hurrell’s role debut as Lauretta Gianni Schicchi at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, Mélisande in Debussy Pelléas et Mélisande with English Touring Opera, and Handel Messiah with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra.
Highlights of the 2014-15 season included Dido in Purcell Dido and Aeneas with The English Concert, Despina Così fan tutte at Opéra de Limoges, Norina Don Pasquale at Longborough Festival Opera, Cephise in Rameau Pigmalion with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Nymph in Monteverdi L’Orfeo with the Royal Opera House at the Roundhouse, Erisbe in a revival of Cavalli L’Ormindo with the ROH at the Sam Wanamaker Theatre, and Fauré Requiem with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.
Hurrell recently sang Governess The Turn of the Screw in a co-production with Nevill Holt Opera, NI Opera and Moscow’s Kolobov Novaya Opera Theatre, Britten Les Illuminations with the English Chamber Orchestra, and title role (cover) Rodelinda for Scottish Opera. Other recent highlights include the role of Rose Maurrant in the award-winning production of Street Scene for The Opera Group and its revival at Théâtre du Châtelet and Gran Teatre del Liceu, Cephisa Orpheus for Classical Opera, title role Rodelinda, Rossane Alessandro and Amarilli Il pastor fido for London Handel Festival, Nymph in Peri’s Euridice for British Youth Opera and Serpetta La finta giardiniera for Opera de Baugé.
On the concert platform, Hurrell performed in the world premiere of David Oppenheimer’s Deborah with the Southbank Sinfonia, Pergolesi Stabat Mater with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Kurt Weill: From Berlin to Broadway with Keith Lockhart and the BBC Concert Orchestra, Britten Les Illuminations at the ROH Linbury Studio Theatre, Haydn Nelson Mass with András Schiff, Handel Messiah and Fauré Requiem at the Royal Albert Hall (the latter recorded by EMI Classics), Rossini Petite messe solennelle under David Parry at Southrepps Classical Music Festival, and operatic arias for the Proms ‘Out and About’ event with the BBC Symphony Orchestra.
Hurrell appeared in the television documentary David Starkey’s Music and Monarchy on BBC where she performed Parry Jerusalem and Arne Rule Britannia. She has recorded songs by composer Gordon Carr with trumpeter Simon Cheney and pianist Sebastian Wybrew, which are featured in the album An English Trumpeter.
Hurrell was born in London and trained at the Royal College of Music and the National Opera Studio with Patricia Rozario and Jeffrey Talbot. She has been the recipient of numerous awards including the Miriam Licette scholarship, Peter Hulsen Orchestral Song, Countess of Munster and Sybil Tutton awards. She has also been a winner of the RCM English Song, John Kerr English Song and the Dean & Chadlington competitions. In 2013 she was awarded the Grange Park Opera Aria Prize at the Hampshire Singing Competition.