SINGING & MUSIC
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Possessing a unique and powerful voice, Suzanne is a Contralto (Tiefer Alt/ Contralto Profondo/ Oktavista) based in Buffalo, NY, performing in top venues in the US, Canada, England, Scotland, France, Malta, Italy, Germany, and the Czech Republic. For 5 years she lived in York UK, where she studied historical performance practice with Grammy-winning John Potter, Peter Seymour, and world famous soprano Lynne Dawson. Ms. Fatta has been praised highly for her very expansive range and dramatic skills, singing from Bass I to Soprano II; in fact she performs professionally as a Bass in the famous Vivaldi's Women choir (aka Schola Pietatis Antonio Vivaldi) as seen on the BBC (Richard Vendome, director). Suzanne is also the Founder and Artistic Director of The Women of Vivaldi, Buffalo’s only pure early music choir, and only full all-female ensemble.
Suzanne sings with some of the top organizations in WNY such as Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, Vocális Chamber Choir, Sotto Voce Vocal Collective, The Buffalo Chamber Players, QED, Camerata di Sant'Antonio, Nickel City Opera, Opera Sacra, Harmonia Chamber Singers, Buffalo Master Chorale, OperaBuffs of WNY, and The Opera Foundation of Buffalo. An early music specialist, Suzanne sang the Tenor and Alto solos in Bach Weihnachtsoratorium completing the cycle in early 2019. In early 2017 Suzanne headlined the Vivaldi WinterFest with Music Niagara; she debuted at Rochester Early Music Festival and the Fredonia Bach & Beyond Baroque Music Festival some time earlier. She also performs in a cabaret-style show (the longest run in WNY) with the award-winning DIVA by DIVA, and her pop-jazz-world Demo CD Brucia La Terra came out in late 2016 (2-time nominee for Female Jazz Vocalist of the Year in the JazzBuffalo Reader's Poll). In high demand as a Paid Soloist and Section Leader, Ms. Fatta also enjoys singing in some of Buffalo's most beautiful churches such as St. Paul’s, Trinity Episcopal, St. John’s Grace Episcopal, Clarence Presbyterian Church, and the Unitarian Universalist Church of Buffalo.
Having studied Vocal Performance, Musicology and Historical Performance Practice at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music (Joint BA With Honors), Suzanne has done doctoral studies at the Eastman School of Music with Paul O'Dette, and the University of York; her focus is vocal music of the 16th and 17th centuries. In addition, she has a Masters in Medieval Studies and Religion from Harvard University, where she won a university-wide Teaching Award of Distinction for a course on Jazz and Music of the Swing Era. Learn more about her academic pursuits here. You can also find Suzanne presenting lectures through groups like OperaBuffs of WNY (her 2014 presentation was selected by OPERA America as one of the top 15 National Opera Week events in the nation) and The Forest Lawn Sunday Series. Check out her interview in Buffalo Rising's Sounds of Buffalo feature! At Oberlin, Suzanne was DJ Hildegard at WOBC 91.5.
Suzanne is proud to have sung professionally with the Buffalo Philharmonic Chorus & Chamber Singers, serving as both the Alto and Tenor Section Leaders with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra under Marvin Hamlisch and Maestra JoAnn Falletta. In addition to Choral Directing the BPO's Copland And the Cold War Celebration in 2015, she appeared as The Wife of Noon in their magnificent production of Bartók's Bluebeard's Castle on the Dale Chihuly set. As a passionate Arts Administrator, she is proud to be Managing Director at Nickel City Opera.
Voice teachers include Tony Arnold, Jacqueline Quirk, Yvonne Seymour, Robert Vehar, Gerald Crawford and La Scala mezzo Genia Las. Other conductors/ directors she's performed with are Doreen Rao, Atis Bankas, Philip Thorby, Grant Cooper, Roland E. Martin, Daniel Bassin, Nadja Zwiener, Will Todd Trio, Robert Shoup, Lorna Cooke de Varon, Lisa Goode Crawford, Steven Plank and Frank Scinta. And Suzanne has had coachings with the Grammy-winning Tallis Scholars, Robert Hollingworth, Francis Steele, Black Hair Ensemble and more.
Conducting credits include scenes from Mozart Le Nozze di Figaro for The Operagasmic Project, a sacred harp group in York Minster, and co-conducting with Graham Coatman for the North Eastern Early Music Forum's Venetian Christmas Music workshop; Suzanne was also a mentor, rehearsal director and vocal coach for Vivaldi's Women Summer School. For 4 summers, she was a music instructor, teaching voice lessons, vocal performance class, jazz choir, chamber choir, and music history & theory at Camp Encore/ Coda in Maine.
Collaborating with composer Emily Kalies on a theatrical work, in early 2010 Ms. Fatta gave the world-premiere of one-woman piece Reflection noitcelfeR, at Sensorium - York, then performed it a number of times around the UK since. Her female trio consort Juniper, experimenting with repertoire across the Western canon, debuted as Young Artists in Residence at the Harrogate International Festival in 2009.
Proficient performance languages include Italian, Sicilian, German, Anglo-Saxon, Middle English, Swedish, Norwegian, Icelandic, French, Provençal, Spanish, Catalan, Latin, Russian, Old Church Slavonic, Friûlan, Finnish, Estonian, Hungarian, Hebrew and Welsh.
SELECTED CREDITS (*world- or modern-premiere)
Mother Wine Cask/ The Queen of Lasciviousness; Joan Of Arc At The Stake, Honegger; Opera Sacra final production, Buffalo
The Huntsman; Venus & Adonis, John Blow; Buffalo Chamber Players
Prioress Mme De Croissy; Dialogues of the Carmelites, Poulenc; Opera Sacra 40th Anniversary production, Buffalo
Queen of Noon (Wife 2); Bluebeard's Castle, Bartok; Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra; Dale Chihuly set (dir. JoAnn Falletta)
Consiglio; Il Rappresentatione di Anima et di Corpo, Cavalieri (dir. Lewis Reynolds); Philip Thorby; Venice Italy
Sancho Pança; Don Quichotte chez la Duchesse, Boismortier; Viriditas Opera; Paxton Festival Scotland
Sancho Panza; Don Quichotte auf der Hochzeit des Camacho, Telemann; Viriditas Opera; Paxton
Singer/ Actress; noitcelfeRReflection, * Emily Kalies; Sensorium Project; York, Dublin Ireland
Testo; Il combattimento di Tancredi & Clorinda, Monteverdi (dir. G. Romagnoli); Trinacria Productions; York
The Emperor; The Emperor's New Clothes, * Hilary Nicholls; Viriditas Opera; York
Maria Magdalena; Quem Queritis; Viriditas Opera
Amor Celestis; Ordo Virtutum; Viriditas Opera
Isemene, Euridice; Antigone, * Jon Hughes; Viriditas Opera
Historicus; Jepthe, Carissimi; Eastman Collegium Musicum
Prince Hilarion; The 3 Princesses Project, * Gilbert & Sullivan (dir. Gayden Wren); International Gilbert & Sullivan Fest; Philadelphia
Carmen (scenes); Carmen, Bizet; York Opera Society
Dido (scenes); Dido & Aeneas, Purcell; York Opera Society
chorus; Maria Stuarda, Donizetti; Opera Sacra
chorus; Semele, Handel; (dir. Peter Seymour) York Chamber Choir
chorus; Olav Tryggvason, Grieg; Harvard Dudley House; Cambridge MA
chorus; Suor Angelica, Puccini (dir. Carlo Morganti); Oberlin in Italy; Urbania
SOLO/ ART SONGS/ CHORAL
Contralto en travesti Soloist; Gelido in ogni vena, * Vivaldi; Camerata di Sant'Antonio, Buffalo
Singer, Choral Director; Copland And The Cold War; Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra
Alto Soloist; Verdi & Wagner bicentennial; Verdi 6 Romanze (1838), Opera Sacra, accomp Roland E. Martin; Buffalo
Tenor Soloist; Magnificat, * Isabella Leonarda; (dir. Richard Vendome) Vivaldi’s Women; Canterbury
Alto soloist; Neue Liebeslieder, Brahms; (dir. L. Brett Scott); Buffalo Philharmonic Chorus Chamber Chorus
Bass; Festival Mediterranea; (dir. Richard Vendome) Vivaldi's Women; Gozo, Malta
Alto & Tenor Section Leader; (dir. L. Brett Scott, JoAnn Falletta); Buffalo Philharmonic Chorus
Leader of Song; St. John's Grace Episcopal Church; Buffalo
Tenor Section Leader; St Paul's Schola Cantorum; Buffalo
Contralto, Co-Founder; Juniper (female trio), Young Artists in Residence, Harrogate International Festival
Tenor Soloist, Alto Soloist; Christmas Oratorio, Bach; UU Church of Buffalo
Baritone Soloist: From Olivet to Calvary, JH Maunder; Clarence Presbyterian Church
Contralto Soloist headlining Vivaldi WinterFest; Clarae stellae scintillate, Nulla in mundo, Stabat Mater, Gelido in ogni vena and Filiae maestae Jerusalem; Music Niagara Festival, Atis Bankas (dir and violin); Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario, Canada
Alto Soloist; Magnificat, Bach; Bach & Beyond Festival, Fredonia Opera House
Tenor Soloist; Cantata 106 (Actus tragicus), Bach: Psalm 92, Schubert; UU Church of Buffalo
Alto Soloist; Stabat Mater, Caldara; Opera Sacra; Buffalo
Contralto Soloist; Un Vespro Venexiano (dir. Philip Thorby); Venice
Tenor Soloist; Vespers 1610, Monteverdi (dir. Philip Thorby); 400th Anniversary Concert; Venice
Alto soloist; Stabat Mater, Pergolesi (dir. G. Romagnoli); Trinacria Productions; York, Rome
Alto soloist; Messiah, Handel; Cheektowaga Community Symphony Orchestra
Alto soloist; Lamento di David, Mazzocchi; (dir. Paul O'Dette) Eastman Collegium Musicum
Alto soloist; Usquequo peccatores, Carissimi; Eastman Collegium Musicum
Soprano soloist; Musicalische Exequien, Schütz; Harvard Dudley House Chamber Choir
Soprano soloist; Mass in G Minor, Vaughan Williams; Harvard Dudley House Chamber Choir
Soloist; Quem Queritis; Viriditas Opera
Actor; York Mystery Plays 2010 DVD; York Festival Trust
Interviewee; La Terra Promessa; The Federations of Italian-American Societies of Western New York