"...Jiwey's Cio-Cio-San is a class act, soaring effortlessly to the high notes, and singing with heartfelt emotion throughout" Madama Butterfly,  Seen and Heard International

Biography

 

Susan Jiwey, a British soprano of Portuguese and Iraqi descent, graduated with distinction from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. She also holds further first class honours degrees from King's College, University of London (Mmus Historical Musicology) and University of Bristol (BA Hons Music).

 

She is winner of the Prix Bernac for Best Singer at the Ravel International Academy. She was finalist in the Toulouse International Competition of French Song and the Mâcon International Opera Competition. She was also recipient of the English-Speaking Union Scholarship. Susan sings as extra chorus at The Royal Opera House.

 

Susan's busy stage career includes the role of Mimi for OperaUpClose in the Olivier award-winning production of La Boheme which she performed to glowing reviews in seperate runs at the Soho Theatre, Charing Cross Theatre and King's Head Theatre singing the role in over a hundred performances. Susan made her debut at the Ravenna Festival, Italy as Mimi in the same production. She also sang as soloist in The Messiah at the Teatro Calderon, Valladolid and Mozart's Requiem with the Brillig Ensemble. She made her role debut as Fiordiligi Cosi fan Tutte with Opera Vera, sang Donna Elvira Don Giovanni with Westminster Opera at the Chateau d'Envers Festival and Opera de Bauge, sang as soloist in Dvorak Te Deum with Wimbledon Choral Society and Dvorak Stabat Mater with Oxford University Choir. She also made her role debut as Contessa Le Nozze di Figaro with Opera Vera and the Brillig Ensemble.

 

Susan has also sung Cio Cio San Madama Butterfly with New Devon Opera and joined Scottish Opera Ensemble in 2012, covered Violetta La Traviata for Iford Festival Opera, Rosalinde Die Fledermaus with Opera de Bauge and was soloist in the world premiere of award-winning composer Toni Castells's new work Life From Light.  She was guest Soprano soloist in ​Britten's Les Illuminations with St Paul's Sinfonia and also appeared as guest soloist on several Swan Hellenic worldwide cruises. 

 

​Other professional roles include Fidelia Edgar (Puccini) for Opera Valladolid, Berta The Barber of Seville for Grange Park Opera and OperaUpClose, Musetta La Boheme for Opera de Baugé, Dido Dido and Aeneus for the Canbury Singers, Angelina Trial By Jury for Opera Minima,  Josephine HMS Pinafore Norina Don Pasquale, Elettra Idomeneo, Arminda La Finta Giardiniera, Leila Pêcheurs des Perles, Adina LʼElisir DʼAmore, Pamina Die Zauberflöte and the Handelian lead heroines Cleopatra, Theodora, and Alcina.

 

Susan has a highly adaptable voice and excellent sight-reading skills which means she can go from singing Mimi with orchestra one evening to recording difficult music requiring a pure treble sound without rehearsal the next. She is an active session and consort singer and regularly records at Abbey Road Studios. She recently appeared on the soundtracks for The Fable and 11-11 Memories Retold video game, The Hunt (BBC1/Attenborough), Fury (2014), Hercules (2014), Drag Me to Hell, Star Wars, Harry Potter, and Lord of the Rings films. She also loves singing early music and appeared with the Istante Ensemble at the Baroquestock Early Music Festival, singing as soloist in three Bach Cantatas and in Lully's Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme.

 

Susan is conversant in Portuguese, French, Spanish and Italian.

 

Susan is a member of Equity UK.

Susan Jiwey

Soprano, Workshop Leader, Educator, Animateur

 

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