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. This novel and dynamic song festival in Philadelphia presents theme-oriented programs with various artists and spoken commentary. The mission of the organization has expanded to include commissions of new music. Noted for artistic excellence, scholarship and fun, Lyric Fest has received critical acclaim and enjoys broad audience appeal.
Noted for her moving renditions of songs and for her intimate way with an audience, Ms. 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. Recent and upcoming performances include Lyric Fest concerts in Princeton, Pittsburgh and Philadelphia, a premiere of a new song cycle of Kile Smith for Lyric Fest in March, the Philadelphia premiere of Paulus’s To be Certain of the Dawn with Singing City, Elijah with The Choristers of Upper Dublin, and recital performances at Casa Menotti in Spoleto, Italy.
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 Gaber for mezzo, orchestra and jazz trio. Ms. DuPlantis holds degrees from Loyola University, the Eastman School of Music and The Academy of Vocal Arts, and is an active and committed teacher in Philadelphia.