Susan Bullock is one of today’s leading dramatic sopranos, and since her outstanding and acclaimed performances as Isolde for Opera North and English National Opera she has rapidly established herself as Britain’s leading Wagnerian soprano. In recent seasons she made her debut in the Canadian Opera Company’s Ring Cycle, performed Brünnhilde (Die Walküre, Siegfried and Götterdämmerung) at Tokyo New National Theatre, Brünnhilde (Götterdämmerung) at Perth International Festival, and Isolde at Rouen, Frankfurt and Verona. In the 2008/09 season she sings the title-role in Elektra at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, a role that she has already performed at La Scala Milan, Stuttgart, Frankfurt, Dresden and Rouen.
Other recent roles include her debut at Covent Garden as Marie in Wozzeck under Daniel Harding; Female Chorus (The Rape of Lucretia) for Bayerische Staatsoper and Teatro de la Maestranza; Lady Macbeth (Bloch’s Macbeth) in Vienna; Schreker’s Der Schatzgräber with Oper Frankfurt; and Ellen Orford (Peter Grimes) for ENO and the Royal Danish Opera.
Susan Bullock’s concert work has been vast and diverse, and has included concert performances of Salome and Elektra with Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra under Edo de Waart; Schoenberg’s Erwartung with the BBC Symphony Orchestra under David Robertson; Salome with Opera North under Richard Farnes; Gorecki’s Third Symphony with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra under David Atherton at the BBC Proms; and the Prelude & Liebestod from Tristan with conductor Esa-Pekka Salonen and the Philharmonia at the Royal Festival Hall, London. Ms Bullock made her official Wigmore Hall recital debut in 2005.
Latest stage highlights have included her role debut as Katerina Ismailove (Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk) with Opera Australia and her return to Covent Garden in the title role of Elektra. In concert she sang Britten’s War Requiem at the International Festival Wratislavia Cantans under Paul McCreesh and Strauss’s Four Last Songs with NHK Symphony Orchestra under Edo de Waart.
Future plans include complete cycles of Der Ring des Nibelungen at Oper Frankfurt and the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden.