SINGING & MUSIC
In addition to the Audio Tracks here, view the Press Page for live performances, films & documentaries, radio interviews, magazine articles, blogs, press releases and other publicity. Suzanne's Demo CD Brucia La Terra is available for purchase here. Please visit her YouTube and Instagram as well.
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 sings with the top organizations in WNY such as Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, Vocális Chamber Choir, Sotto Voce Vocal Collective, The Buffalo Chamber Players, 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, in early 2017 Suzanne headlined the Vivaldi WinterFest with Music Niagara and 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, St. John’s Grace Episcopal, and the UU 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!
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.
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
- Contralto Soloist: 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; Christmas Oratorio (II), Bach; UU Church of Buffalo
- 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; Stabat Mater, Caldara; Opera Sacra; Buffalo
- Alto Soloist; Verdi & Wagner bicentennial (Verdi 6 Romanze 1838), Opera Sacra (accomp Roland E. Martin); 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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- Solo Artist; Brucia La Terra demo CD; Hart2Heart Music - One Page here
- Tenor; Vocalis Chamber Choir: The Music of Ola Gjeilo
- Tenor; A Vocalis Christmas; Vocalis Chamber Choir; 3.5 Stars in The Buffalo News
- Singer; Vivaldi - Gloria; DVD from Schola Pietatis Antonio Vivaldi (Vivaldi's Women); CD from iTunes, Amazon, CD Baby, and distributors across the UK
- Actress/ Singer; Peter Ackroyd: Venice Revealed - Episode III: The City as Music; Sky Arts documentary
- 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
- Soloist; Eastman Collegium Musicum's 2003 performance of Carissimi, Rossi and Mazzocchi, directed by Paul O'Dette and Kristian Bezuidenhout