SINGER and MODEL SUZANNE FATTA
quickly became one of the most in-demand arts professionals in WNY since she returned to Buffalo after 5 years in England. As a very low Contralto, Suzanne sings Bass with the world-famous Vivaldi's Women choir (dir. Richard Vendome) in Oxford UK, and pioneers the use of low female voices in opera often taking lead Baritone roles in Baroque operas. Harvard-educated, her Lecture-Recitals (selected by OPERA America as one of the top 15 National Opera Week 2014 events in the nation) are sell-out WNY audience favorites. Suzanne is the Founder and Director of The Women of Vivaldi, the only dedicated early music vocal ensemble in WNY, and one of the few true all female choirs - including female Tenors, Baritones and Basses - in the country.
Ms. Fatta’s operatic roles, consort work and solos have taken her around North America and Europe, performing on top stages in the US, Canada, Great Britain, Italy, France, Germany, the Czech Republic, Malta and more. Suzanne has performed with and been Choral Director for the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra; she also served as both Alto and Tenor Section Leaders with the Buffalo Philharmonic Chorus and Chamber Singers under the BPO. She is a featured singer in the documentary Peter Ackroyd’s Venice for SkyArts TV across Europe. A highly experienced performer, Suzanne's skills as a Contralto Soloist and Baritone Ensemblist are now in demand in New York; she is currently working with some of the top composers in the country to commission new Contralto repertoire, and to develop world-premiere operas.
Modeling under the name Carmina Suzanne International Curve Model, Ms. Fatta is a published agency plus model and diversity advocate with top designer, magazine and runway credits including 6 magazine covers with Getty and Vogue.it credits. Signed to one of the top plus agencies in the world (with representation in Germany, USA, France and the UK), she models in Paris, London, NYC, Toronto, Miami, LA, Berlin, South America and more. She's been featured in campaigns with some of the top plus designers in the industry, and has even worked as Serena Williams' fit model at Burberry in London. In addition, in London she Event Managed/ Produced a number of fashion shows including Curves in Couture, the first plus-only show in British history. Carmina Suzanne continues to campaign tirelessly for plus, mature, petite and disabled models of all colors to be treated fairly in fashion.
An avid actress, Ms. Fatta is the Co-Founder of HIDden Theatre, a historical drama troupe started at The York Mystery Plays and debuted at The British Museum. While particularly gifted in Medieval drama and Victorian burlesque, Suzanne's passion for acting ranges through plays, opera and operetta, masked Greek drama, one-woman performance art, voice-overs, commercials and other forms. You may recognize her as the Geico Opera Diva; her local and national TV & radio advert for Geico Careers is a WNY favorite. Fulfilling a life's dream, Suzanne appeared on the TV gameshow Jeopardy! in 2001.
Suzanne is an internationally published author with many academic articles, magazine articles, blogs, poems, fashion reviews, interviews and more to her credit. Her company MODAL Productions, a fashion and music mentoring firm specializing in diversity advocacy, was founded in 2014. A devoted Model Mentor and Manager, Carmina has worked with agencies in the US and UK. She is Managing Director of Nickel City Opera, and sits on Committees at the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra and the Board of Vivaldi’s Women. She is a former Co-Chair of the Metropolitan Opera National Council District Auditions for the Buffalo/ Toronto Region, Representative of the UK Royal Musical Association, Board of Directors at Nickel City Opera, and Strategic Planning Committee at Vocalis Chamber Choir.
Ms. Fatta holds a dual Bachelors with Honors in Musicology & Vocal Performance, and Religion, from Oberlin College & Conservatory of Music, and trained at the doctoral level in Historical Performance Practice at the Eastman School of Music and the University of York (UK). In addition, she has a Masters in Medieval Studies from Harvard University, where she won a university-wide Teaching Award of Distinction for a Music Department course on Jazz, and held Research, Editorial and Personal Assistantships with the Chair of the Harvard Music Department. She taught in the Music and Religion Departments at Canisius College as well.
Suzanne performs with The Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, Nickel City Opera, Buffalo Chamber Players, June in Buffalo, Ars Nova Musicians, Music Niagara, Vocális Chamber Choir, Sotto Voce Vocal Collective, Camerata di Sant'Antonio, Bach & Beyond Festival, Opera Sacra, OperaBuffs of WNY, DIVA by DIVA, and several early music groups in Europe. Delving into the world of jazz and pop, her demo CD Brucia La Terra came out recently, and she was nominated as Best Jazz Female Vocalist in JazzBuffalo in '16 and ’17.