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. 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, Bucks County Choral Society, 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 Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Washington, DC and Concord, NH, 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 the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia and Bryn Mawr Presbyterian Church, Elijah with The Choristers of Upper Dublin, additional recital performances at Casa Menotti in Spoleto, Italy in the Summer, Trinity Series in New Orleans in the fall of 2015 and in Cabaret at the Michener Art Museum with her trio on July 8 for their summer Jazz Series.
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.
Since branching out into popular song, Suzanne has been performing Cabaret with her trio to sold out audiences since 2010. Bringing the same gift of story and song she is known for in the Classical world, Suzanne weaves together reminiscences and local history with the unforgettable songs of The Great American Songbook.