Mezzo soprano Suzanne DuPlantis is a widely appreciated artist who is featured regularly as soloist throughout the region. With a passionate commitment to song and a belief in its power to reach all listeners, Suzanne co-founded Lyric Fest to be a novel and dynamic song festival in Philadelphia that presents theme-oriented programs and commissions new music. Noted for artistic excellence, scholarship and fun, Lyric Fest has received critical acclaim, enjoys broad audience appeal and has won the respect of composers.
Noted for her moving renditions of songs and for her intimate way with an audience, Duplantis “deeply imprints the music with her personality with great emotional underpinning” (The Philadelphia Inquirer). She made her New York debut in the St. John Passion of Bach at Alice Tully Hall with Musica Sacra and her Kimmel Center debut in Mahler’s Das Lied von der Erde with Orchestra 2001. Her career in opera has spanned debuts with Arizona Opera, Austin Lyric, New Orleans Opera, Mobile Opera, Eugene Opera, Cincinnati Opera, Knoxville Opera, Chautauqua Opera and Opera Company of Philadelphia in roles from Rossini’s heroines Rosina and Isabella, Carmen to Waltraute.
In oratorio, chamber music and song, Suzanne has appeared on numerous occasions with many of Philadelphia’s premiere arts organizations including The Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, The Philadelphia Chamber Music Society, The Philadelphia Orchestra, Choral Arts Society, Singing City, The Wister Quartet, Mendelssohn Club, Music at Gretna and The Philadelphia Chamber Ensemble. In addition to upcoming Lyric Fest performances, Suzanne will sing the Beethoven Mass in C with the French Quarter Festival in New Orleans, in recital with Paulo Faustini and Allen Krantz, in Philadelphia and Pittsburgh, Wernick Kaddish Requiem with Orchestra 2001, a premiere of Hobb’s Jubilate and Te Deum with The Choristers of Upper Dublin, in Cabaret at the Michener Art Museum and will perform in recital in Spoleto, Italy at Casa Menotti and again in Pittsburg in the fall for at Shadyside Presbyterian Church for Music in a Great Space.
Ms. DuPlantis has premiered many new works including Andrea Clearfield’s Les Fenêtres and the Women of Valor Suite, Kile Smith’s Two Laudate Psalms, Robert Maggio’s Rachel and her Children; Small Hands Relinquish All, Roxanna Panufnik’s Love Abide, Logan Skelton’s Dickinson Songs, Allen Krantz’s From On the Road, Tom Lloyd’s Ben Unleashed, and will premiere Jeffrey Brillhart’s Images. She has recorded Ancestral Waters of Brian Gabor for mezzo, orchestra and jazz trio. Ms. DuPlantis holds degrees from Loyola University, Eastman School of Music and The Academy of Vocal Arts, and is an active and committed teacher in Philadelphia.