American mezzo-soprano Susanne Mentzer has established herself not only as an international singer but also as a writer, teacher and arts advocate. She enjoys a significant opera, concert, chamber music and recital career of over thirty years appearing on four continents with nearly every great opera house and orchestra. She has been a guest artist at the Metropolitan Opera in leading roles since 1989, most recently as Marcellina in the new production of Le nozze di Figaro in the fall of 2014. She returned to the Met in February and March of 2016. Projects for this season include Grandmother Buryja in Jenufa with Santa Fe Opera and a much-anticipated role debut with Opera Saratoga.
Susanne recently added some new roles to her repertoire; as Mrs. Patrick DeRocher in Jake Heggie’s Dead Man Walking, the Beggar Woman in Sweeney Todd with Opera Theatre St. Louis and Nellie in Carlisle Floyd’s Wuthering Heights, which has also been recorded for commercial release. Operatically, Susanne specializes in the music of Mozart, Berlioz, Rossini, and Richard Strauss and is widely admired as a specialist in trouser roles, most notably for her portrayals of Cherubino in Le nozze di Figaro, Idamante in Idomeneo, der Komponist in Ariadne auf Naxos, and Octavian in Der Rosenkavalier. She has also appeared in many notable female roles – Dorabella, Despina, Rosina, Adalgisa, and Jane Seymour to name a few.
"There were more ferocious contributions from the great Susanne Mentzer in a no-holds-barred performance as Gertrude — luxury casting if ever there was — and the redoubtable bass Philip Skinner as Claudius; the duet between these two, a haunting pas de deux of guilt, r...
"The mezzo-soprano Susanne Mentzer is an expressive Nelly, the housekeeper of Wuthering Heights ... The Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra conducted by Joseph Mechavich unveils blooming colors within the score."
Congratulations to ADA Artists Susanne Mentzer, mezzo and Joseph Mechavich, conductor for their participation in the Florentine Opera recording of "Wuthering Heights" and to Victoria Livengood, mezzo and Scott Scully, tenor for their participation in Los Angeles Opera'...
"Mezzo Susanne Mentzer is unexpectedly empathic as the maid and confidante Nelly. . . Conductor Joseph Mechavich leads the performance with unflagging energy and unusual sensitivity to the extremes of mood and style." -Opera News