Susan Platts, mezzo-soprano
British-born Canadian mezzo-soprano Susan Platts brings a uniquely rich and wide-ranging voice to the concert and recital repertoire for alto and mezzo-soprano.
In May of 2004, as part of the Rolex Mentor and Protege Arts Initiative, world renowned soprano Jessye Norman chose Ms. Platts from 26 candidates world wide to be her protegee. Since then, she has had the honour of mentoring with Ms. Norman.
During past seasons, Ms. Platts has performed at Teatro alla Scala, Teatro di San Carlo, Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center as well as Performances with the Philadelphia Orchestra, CBC Radio Orchestra, L’Orchestre de Paris, L’Orchestre symphonique de Quebec, National Arts Centre Orchestra, Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Minnesota Orchestra, Les Violons du Roy, American Symphony Orchestra, Oregon Bach Festival, Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra and the Detroit Symphony.
She has collaborated with many conductors including Roberto Abbado, Sir Andrew Davis, Christoph Eschenbach, Jane Glover, Jeffery Kahane, Kent Nagano, Peter Oundjian, Itzhak Perlman, Helmuth Rilling, Yoav Talmi, Bramwell Tovey, Osmo Vanska, and Pinchus Zuckerman.
Ms. Platts has appeared on many distinguished art song series including the Vocal Art Society at the Kennedy Center, the Landies Morning Musical Club in Montreal, the “Art of the Song” Series at Lincoln Center and the Frick Museum Series.
She has recorded Mahler’s Das Lied von der Erde for Fontec Records with Gary Bertini conducting the Tokyo Metropolitan Orchestra, a CD of dramatic sacred art songs with pianist Dalton Baldwin, Gustav Mahler’s Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen with the Smithsonian Chamber Players and Santa Fe Pro Musica for Dorian Records, and Brahms’s “Zwei Gesänge” with Steven Dann and Lambert Orkis on the ATMA label. Ms. Platts recently recorded her first solo disc of Robert Schumann, Clara Schumann and Johannes Brahms, also on the ATMA label.