Susan Wheeler, soprano
is a dynamic operatic and concert performer, and a trained Equity actress. Her fiery coloratura, dramatic intensity, and comedic timing have drawn comparisons with singers of the golden Bel Canto era.
Of her recent performance in Don Pasquale, The Baltimore Sun raved: "Susan Wheeler looked like the heroine of a vaudeville skit and had a field day portraying Norina." Applauding Ms. Wheeler’s concert performance in Candide with the Tucson Symphony Orchestra, The Tucson Citizen called her "splendid and hilarious as Cunegonde. The Annapolis Capitol praised her prize-winning performance in the Annapolis Opera Vocal Competition, declaring that she sang "an extraordinarily articulated rendition of the ‘Bell Song’. The ease with which Ms. Wheeler put every note in precisely the right place, caused comment that even the famous Lily Pons, for whom it was something of a signature aria, hadn’t done it that perfectly, and maybe even not that beautifully."
Ms. Wheeler made her Carnegie Hall debut with Mozart’s Requiem and Dvo?ák’s Te Deum with the New England Symphonic Ensemble under the baton of Jonathan Griffith in 2007. Recent engagements include Gretel and the three heroines in Les Contes d’Hoffmann with Augusta Opera, Papagena in The Magic Flute with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Maria in the West Side Story Concert Suite with the Tucson Symphony Orchestra, and Konstanze in Die Entführung aus dem Serail with Bel Cantanti Opera under the direction of Francois Loup.
Her other operatic credits include Violetta in La Traviata, Marie in La Fille du Régiment, Norina in Don Pasquale, Valencienne in The Merry Widow , and Sophie in Der Rosenkavalier. Susan’s acclaimed concert work includes Charpentier’s Messe de Minuit and Brahms’ Ein Deutches Requeim with the New Dominion Chorale, Haydn’s Die Schöpfung with the award-winning Choralis ensemble, and recitals of the coloratura showcase arias of Galli-Curci, Tetrazzini, and Ponselle at the Korean, Russian and Austrian Embassies. Ms. Wheeler’s notable upcoming engagements include Erste Dame in Die Zauberflöte in August 2012 with the Hubbard Hall Opera Theater in New York, so oist in the Brahms Requiem with Grammy- winning conductor Robert Schafer and the New Dominion Chorale, and a world premiere of Andrew Simpson’s Klytemnestra Songs with the award-winning New Millennium Ensemble at the Smithsonian Institution’s American Art Museum.