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Soprano Susan Gouthro with Pianist Allison Gagnon in Recital

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The Dan School of Drama and Music is pleased to present:

Soprano Susan Gouthro with Pianist Allison Gagnon in Recital
Works by Poulenc, Wolf, Burge, Harbison and Yeston

Visiting Artist

Soprano Susan Gouthro

Canadian soprano Susan Gouthro resides in Germany where she enjoys an active career performing in concert and opera. Her professional opera career began at the opera house in Kiel, Germany where she was a permanent member of the solo ensemble from 2002 until 2014. Here Susan Gouthro experienced great success singing many of the most important roles of the lyric soprano repertoire. Mozart roles include both Pamina and The Queen of the Night in The Magic Flute, Contessa in The Marriage of Figaro, Donna Anna in Don Giovanni and Fiordiligi in Cosi fan tutte.

She displays a particular affinity and sensibility for the French opera repertoire and portrayed this singing the roles of Micaela in Carmen, Marguerite in Faust, Antonia and Olympia in The Tales of Hoffmann, and the title role in Manon. Favorite Italian roles performed include Liu in Turandot, both Musetta and Mimi in La Boheme as well as Violetta in La Traviata. Her diversity extends to German operetta (Hanna Glawari in The Merry Widow and Rosalinde in Fledermaus) and the first forays into Wagner repertoire with Eva in Die Meistersinger von Nuremburg. The title roles in The Cunning Little Vixen and Rusalka as well as Marie in The Bartered Bride are Czech roles sung which complement this versatile singers' repertoire. Invited to sing as a guest, Susan Gouthro has had the opportunity to sing many of these roles in other German opera houses. These include performances in Kassel, Cologne, Lübeck, Bremen, Würzburg, Hagen, Dessau and Karlsruhe.

Most recently, she was celebrated as the opera-diva Carlotta in Andrew Lloyd Webbers’ world famous musical The Phantom of the Opera at the Stage Metronom Theater in Oberhausen. An active concert singer, Susan Gouthro regularly sings Oratorio as well as performing song recitals and modern music. Highlights include performing Scheonberg's Pierrot Lunaire with orchestra under conductor and composer Oliver Knussen at the "Snape Maltings Concert Hall" in Aldeburgh, England and performing Strauss Lieder with Orchestra at the "Salle Gaveau Concert Hall" in Paris. Susan Gouthro performed in two world premieres of Operas by the contemporary Spanish composer Cristobal Halffter, Don Quixote and Schachnovelle. Oratorio performances include Handel's Messiah, Hadyn's The Creation, Mendelssohn's Paulus, Bach's Weihnachts Oratorium, and Rossini's La Petit Messe Solenelle.

As a winner of the International Voix Nouvelles Competition 2002 in Paris, Susan Gouthro was invited to sing in a 6-month concert tour, which included performances at the French opera houses Paris, Toulouse, Reims, Vichy, Bordeaux, Avignon as well as in Lausanne and the Reunion Islands. Some of these concerts were heard on Radio France 2 and produced for television. She was a finalist at the 2002 Belvedere Voice Competition in Wien, then went on to win first place in the Dvorak Czech and Slovak Competition in Montreal which resulted in a concert tour throughout the Czech and Slovak Republics.

Later that year she became the first Canadian to win first place at the 17th annual Mikulaus-Schneider Trnavsky International Competition in the Slovak Republic. Susan Gouthro graduated from Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario with a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance. She then completed her formal training with a Master's of Music from the University of Western in London, Ontario. Further studies included a year in Toronto with voice teacher Mary Morrison, a summer spent in the opera program at the Banff Centre for the Arts in Alberta and 2 summers at the prestigious Britten-Pears School in Aldeburgh, England.

Chosen as a member of the CNIPAL young artist program in Marseille, France in 2002/2003, Susan Gouthro continued her training and meanwhile performed regular concerts with song and opera repertoire at the opera houses in Toulon, Avignon and Marseille.

Susan Gouthro's professional CV is available for download here.

Susan Gouthro will present a recital at the Isabel on March 9, assisted by Collaborative Pianist, Allison Gagnon

Collaborative Pianist 

Allison Gagnon

Canadian pianist Allison Gagnon directs the Collaborative Piano Program at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, and appears in recital with both instrumental and vocal colleagues. Before joining the UNCSA faculty in 1998, Dr. Gagnon taught at Queen’s University and was staff pianist at McGill University. She was a member of the piano staff at the renowned Meadowmount School of Music in New York for almost 20 years.

A dedicated educator, Dr. Gagnon is a recipient of the UNCSA Excellence in Teaching Award, and was chosen to attend the Lincoln Center Education 2017 Summer Forum in New York. Her definitive edition of the piano reduction for Ernest Chausson’s Poème, Op. 25 for Violin and Orchestra has been published and reductions for two of Mozart’s instrumental concertos are in process. Other current projects include preparation of teaching materials specific to the pedagogy of collaborative piano, and exploration of music’s role in the well-being of those with dementia. Her creative interests include ceramics and wildlife photography.

Dr. Gagnon completed her DMA with Anne Epperson at the Cleveland Institute of Music. Her earlier teachers were Dale Bartlett (McGill), Michael Krist (Vienna Hochschule für Musik), Pierre Jasmin, and Margaret McLellan (Queen’s) and her mother Marjorie Gagnon.

Allison is delighted to have this opportunity to return to Kingston and to Queen’s for this recital!

We gratefully acknowledge support of this work by the George Taylor Richardson Memorial Fund and the Faculty of Arts and Science Visiting Scholar program.

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