Susanne Elmark

Vita

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, Staatsoper Hamburg, Gran Teatre del Liceu Barcelona, Teatro Real Madrid, Opera Oslo, Oper Frankfurt, Oper Köln, Opernhaus Zürich, Volksoper in Vienna, 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 oratorio, Susanne Elmark has sung the solo roles in such works as Mozart’s Requiem, C major Mass and Exsultate Jubilate, Berg’s Lulu-Suite, Bach’s St Matthew and St John Passions, Handel’s Messiah, Mendelsohn’s Elijah and Orff’s Carmina Burana at various venues including the Oslo Koncerthus, the Leipzig Gewandhaus, the Philharmonic Hall in St. Petersburg, the Berlin Philharmonie, Suntory Hall in Tokyo, the Philharmonie Luxembourg and the Vienna Konzerthaus.

 

In the recent past, she took the part of Lady Macbeth (debut) in a new production of Verdi´s MACBETH at the Luzerner Theater,  Inanna in in a new production of Jörg Widmann’s BABYLON at the Staatsoper Unter den Linden in Berlin, Agnes (WRITTEN ON SKIN) in concert performances with the Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra at the Suntory Hall in Tokyo, Beethoven´s Symphony No. IX with Gustavo Dudamel in Barcelona and Madrid, the outstanding and complex masterpeace NOT I by Heinz Holliger at the Luzern Festival, Maima in a new production of Jacques Offenbach´s BARKOUF at the Oper Köln and Dronning Lovisa in the new production (world premiere) of Karsten Fundal´s opera INKOGNITO ROYAL at the Den Jyske Opera in Aarhus.

 

Susanne Elmark has worked with conductors such as Gary Bertini, Michael Boder, Sir Colin Davis, Gustavo Dudamel, Adam Fischer, Eliahu Inbal, Marek Janowski, Philippe Jordan, Paul McCreesh, Kent Nagano, Kazushi Ono, Carlo Rizzi, Michael Schønwandt, Peter Schreier, Christian Thielemann and Marcello Viotti, 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.

 

October 2016 saw the publication in Denmark of her book about her 25 years on the stage, her path to an international career and living out of a suitcase: Det var med vilje (“It was what I wanted”). At the same time, Naxos brought out her first solo album, Arias: Ch’il bel Sogno with opera arias by Verdi, Puccini and Mozart. She is accompanied by the South Denmark Philharmonic under the direction of Robert Reimer.

 

2022-08-30

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Repertoire

Berg LULU Lulu
Bernstein CANDIDE Cunegonde
Donizetti L’ELISIR D’AMORE Adina
Feldman NEITHER Sopran
Frölich FÖHN Föhnfrau
Glass ORPHÉE Eurydice
Gluck ORFEO ED EURIDICE Euridice
Holten GESUALDO Donna Maria
Lehár DIE LUSTIGE WITWE Valencienne
Ligeti LE GRAND MACABRE Venus, Gepopo
Martinsen MAESTRO The nurse
Mozart COSÌ FAN TUTTE Despina
  DER SCHAUSPIELDIREKTOR Madame Herz
  DIE ENTFÜHRUNG AUS DEM SERAIL Konstanze
  DIE ZAUBERFLÖTE Königin der Nacht
  DON GIOVANNI Donna Anna, Zerlina
  LUCIO SILLA Celia
Neuwirth THE OUTCAST Ishmaela
Offenbach BARKOUF OU UN CHIEN AU POUVOIR Maïma
  LES CONTES D’HOFFMANN Antonia
Pape SIMSALABAD Princess Isidora
Puccini GIANNI SCHICCHI Lauretta, Nella
Rossini IL TURCO IN ITALIA Fiorilla
  IL VIAGGIO A RHEIMS Contessa di Folleville
Schnittke LEBEN MIT EINEM IDIOTEN Meine Frau
Strauss ARABELLA Fiakermilli
  ARIADNE AUF NAXOS Zerbinetta
Strauß DIE FLEDERMAUS Rosalinde, Adele
Verdi MACBETH Lady Macbeth
  RIGOLETTO Gilda
  UN BALLO IN MASCHERA Oscar
Wagner DAS RHEINGOLD Woglinde
  GÖTTERDÄMMERUNG Woglinde
Zimmermann DIE SOLDATEN Marie

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STAATSOPER UNTER DEN LINDEN | BABYLON

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