American mezzo-soprano Susanne Mentzer is an international singer, teacher, arts advocate. She enjoys a significant opera, concert, chamber music and recital career of over thirty-five 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. Best known for her leading roles in operas by Mozart, Richard Strauss and bel canto repertoire, Susanne has transitioned to more character roles including Larina in Eugene Onegin, Grandma Burya in Jenufa, Nelly in Wuthering Heights by Carlisle Floyd, Marcellina in Le Nozze di Figaro and Despina in Così fan tutte. Projects for the 21-22 season include a muchanticipated role debut with Opera Saratoga as Danny in Sky on Swings and a return to Marcellina with Santa Fe Opera, and a song commission project Standing Still;
Still Standing- over twenty songs with piano or string quartet by a diverse group of composers based on writings during the Covid 19 quarantine that will premiere in March 2022.
Operatically, Susanne was 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 also appeared in many notable female roles – Dorabella, Despina, Rosina, Adalgisa, and Jane Seymour to name a few.