The Danish native, in Copenhagen educated coloratura soprano Susanne Elmark has been in great demand in the opera and concert houses of the entire world for the last twenty years.
With the roles of Zerbinetta (ARIADNE AUF NAXOS), Queen of the Night (THE MAGIC FLUTE), Konstanze (THE ABDUCTION FROM SERAGLIO), Lulu (LULU), Fiakermilli (ARABELLA) and Marie (DIE SOLDATEN) Susanne Elmark has been engaged in houses like Deutsche Oper Berlin, Bayerische Staatsoper in Munich, Gran Teatre del Liceu Barcelona, Teatro Real Madrid, Opera Oslo, Oper Frankfurt, Oper Köln, Opernhaus Zürich, Royal Opera Copenhagen and Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires.
Besides the classical opera and concert repertoire Susanne Elmark often performs in contemporary music; several pieces are dedicated to her, und she has participated in numerous first performances. She has sung at big festivals in Switzerland, Norway, Iceland, Germany, France and Spain, including cooperations with the famous ensembles German Ensemble Modern in alte Oper Frankfurt and French Ensemble Intercontemporain of Pierre Boulez at The Lucerne Festival.
In 2016 she sang the leading part as Claudia in the world premiere of Toshio Hosokawa’s opera STILLES MEER at Staatsoper Hamburg with conductor Kent Nagano, the part was written for her, and concerts at Berlin Philharmonic Hall, Suntory Hall in Tokyo and Luxembourg Philharmonie with Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra and conductor Kazushi Ono. She also made her debut in South America, at Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires, at the Staatstheater Nürnberg and at the Teatro Real Madrid as Marie in a new production of Zimmermann’s very demanding opera DIE SOLDATEN.
Future engagements include two concerts with the Lahti Symphony Orchestra, Ishmaela in Olga Neuwirth´s THE OUTCAST at the concert hall in Vienna, Inanna in a new production of Jörg Widmann´s BABYLON at the Staatsoper Unter den Linden in Berlin, Agnes in WRITTEN ON SKIN with the Metropolitan Syphony Orchestra Tokyo as well Cordelia in Reimann´s LEAR at the Teatro Real Madrid.
Susanne Elmark has worked with conductors such as Gary Bertini, Sir Colin Davis, Marcello Viotti, Peter Schneider, Peter Schreier, Christian Thielemann, Paul McCreesh, Eliahu Inbal, Michael Schønwandt, Marek Janowsky and Adam Fischer, and she has made several CD recordings, for example as Celia in Mozart’s opera Lucio Silla. In October 2016 her first solo album was released on Naxos, Arias: Ch’il bel Sogno with South Denmark Philharmonic and conductor Robert Reimer with opera arias by Verdi, Puccini and Mozart.
Over the last years Susanne Elmark has started giving masterclasses and opera coaching, including several masterclasses at the Bolshoi Opera in Moscow, in Berlin and in San Sebastián. In October 2016 a book about her 25 years on stage, her way to an international carreer and a life in a suitcase “Det var med vilje” (“It was at will”) was published in Denmark. 2010 Susanne Elmark received the honourable Elisabeth Don’s Memorial Fund from The Royal Danish Opera.
|Gluck||ORFEO ED EURIDICE||Euridice|
|Lehár||DIE LUSTIGE WITWE||Valencienne|
|Ligeti||LE GRAND MACABRE||Venus, Gepopo|
|Mozart||COSÌ FAN TUTTE||Despina|
|DIE ZAUBERFLÖTE||Königin der Nacht|
|DIE ENTFÜHRUNG AUS DEM SERAIL||Konstanze|
|Rossini||IL TURCO IN ITALIA||Fiorilla|
|IL VIAGGIO A RHEIMS||Contessa di Folleville|
|Schnittke||LEBEN MIT EINEM IDIOTEN||Meine Frau|
|ARIADNE AUF NAXOS||Zerbinetta|
|UN BALLO IN MASCHERA||Oscar|
Trailer zur Neuproduktion "Die Soldaten" von Bernd Alois Zimmermann am Opernhaus Zürich.
Premiere am 22. September 2013
Susanne Elmark as Queen of the Night "Der Hölle Rache"
Susanne Elmark sings Puccinis 'O mio babbino caro' in a Danish broadcast from 1997