“…Lively, and engaging work.”
Suzanne Kantorski, “an opera lover’s dream diva” (Addison Independent), is an award-winning performer known for her “lively and engaging” (NY Times) interpretations and “exquisite and striking vocals” (Fanfare Magazine) whose career spans multiple genres. This season in opera, Ms. Kantorski appeared as Nedda, in Leoncavallo’s I Paglicci with Savannah Opera, Greensboro Opera, and Opera Orlando, in a production Opera Wire hailed as one of the “Top 5 Must-See Operas in North America”. As part of that same production with Orlando, she sang the soprano role for their double bill with Stravinsky’s Pulcinella. Ms. Kantorski’s season continued with performances as the title role of Tosca with Opera Company of Middlebury’s fall tour where she received top critical acclaim.
An award recipient from many of the opera world’s most distinguished organizations. Some of Ms. Kantorski’s grantors include: The Licia Albanese Puccini Foundation Competition, The Loren Zachary International Vocal Competition, The Gerda Lissner International Vocal Competition, The David G. Whitcomb Foundation, The Bagby Foundation for the Arts, The Jaqua Foundation, and the Metropolitan Opera National Council.
Each year, Ms. Kantorski performs a variety of concert and recital programs. Recent symphonic engagements include: Vaughn William’s Dona Nobis Pacem under the baton of Anthony Walker for the Crane School of Music’s LoKo Festival, The 4 Last Songs by Strauss, with Alexis Hauser and the McGill Symphony in Montreal, Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater, with the Burlington Ensemble, and a recital for The Opera on Park Series for Opera Orlando.
With a passion for working with living composers, new music, and site-specific opera, Ms. Kantorski has created roles in new works in companies worldwide.
Recently, in Los Angeles, she made her Disney Hall debut performing the Operatic Tableaux, Oh My Son, by Marcos Galvany. She recorded the work in 2015, and has sung the production both in the U.S. and in Spain.
Ms. Kantorski’s portrayal as Euridice, in Ricky Ian Gordon’s Orpheus and Euridice with The Vermont Opera Project was featured on-site at the Washington National Gallery of Art, as well as in an abandoned marble production factory and museum. The Washington Post wrote of her performance: “Soprano, Suzanne Kantorski took on the role of Euridice with grace and generously smooth vocal production.”
Other composition premiers include: Love Streamsby Tim Hecker, which debuted at the Experimental Music Performing Arts Center (EMPAC) in Troy, NY, Tierstien’s A Blessing on the Moon, alongside the Grammy nominated Warsaw Village Band, which toured the U.S. and Canada making debuts at Le Poisson Rouge in New York City, and the Chutzpuh! Festival in Vancouver, and the soon to be released feature film The Bohemians, based on Puccini’s La Boheme. Ms. Kantorski stars as Mimi, and is slated for submission to major film festivals world wide in 2020.
Off the opera stage, Ms. Kantorski is also a founding member of the innovative performance art ensemble, Quintus 4, based in Montreal. The quartet, made up of piano, voice, cello and marimba, met at McGill University where they decided to create “a new experiment in old music.” Their unique programming design consists of virtuosic themes, and entertaining arrangements of classical compositions as well as commissioned works. Built for the 21st century, Q4 also uses a variety of engagement styles including mixed-media, visuals, humor, and multi-media platforms to reach their audiences.
In addition to her work in performance, Ms. Kantorski is also an educator, music researcher, lecturer and writer. She has served as voice faculty at the Crane School of Music SUNY Potsdam, and Castleton University, and guest lectured at colleges around the country. Ms. Kantorski has been a featured guest for discussions and performances about opera, and New Music on nationally syndicated radio programs such as NPR’s “Sound Check” with John Schaefer, WQXR with Brian Wise, and VPR’s “Saturday Afternoon at the Opera.”
Ms. Kantorski holds degrees in Vocal Performance, and Music Research from The Schulich School of Music at McGill University in Montreal, and The Manhattan School of Music in New York City, where she was a full-scholarship student.
English Version of "Come to Me" from the Operatic Tableaux: Oh My Son