American mezzo-soprano Susanne Mentzer enjoys a significant operatic, concert, chamber music and recital career of over thirty years. She is regarded for her interpretation of Mozart, Mahler, Strauss and Berlioz. She has appeared on four continents at nearly every great opera house and orchestra most notably a guest artist at the Metropolitan Opera since 1989. Her extensive discography includes over 25 CDs and DVDs of opera and oratorio. Her most recent project is a recording of songs by American opera composer Carlisle Floyd to be released on GPR Records through Naxos. This project was funded by a successful Kickstarter campaign. She is on the recent releases of Jake Heggie’s Dead Man Walking and Plump Jack by Gordon Getty. Her DVDs include of Les Contes d’Hoffmann (Opéra de Paris), Don Giovanni (La Scala), and Grammy nominated The First Emperor by Tan Dun (Metropolitan Opera), and Ariadne auf Naxos (Metropolitan Opera). She has been seen on numerous PBS telecasts, as well. Susanne is also a writer and contributes regularly to the Huffington Post. Her outspokenness about vocal health has earned her the VERA Award 2013 (Voice Education Research Awareness) from The Voice Foundation. Past awardees include Julie Andrews and Diane Rehm. As a mentor to young singers she serves on the boards of The Sullivan Foundation and The George London Foundation, which give awards to promising young singers. She teaches privately in the San Francisco area after twelve years in academia at DePaul Univeristy and Rice University. She gives guest artist residencies and master classes at various schools and in conjunction with her engagements. Read more →