Suzanne DuPlantis

Mezzo Soprano

"DuPlantis' many-layered Carmen was vocally strong and warm with the ample range needed for this role. With each act she brought out more dimensions..."


Performances of Distinction:
Opera Company of Philadelphia * Chautauqua Opera * Cincinnati Opera* Arizona Opera
Philadelphia Orchestra *New Orleans Opera
Alice Tully Hall with Musica Sacra
American Opera Company at Russian Embassy in Washington D.C.

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Biography: (Revised 2/15/2005)

Suzanne DuPlantis, who made her New York debut in the title role in Mozart’s Apollo et Hyacinthus at Alice Tully Hall, has distinguished orchestral appearances including the Philadelphia Orchestra, Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra, Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, and the North Carolina Symphony. International appearances include two concert tours as featured guest artist for the Bryn Mawr Choir, first in Vienna, Prague, and Hungary and then in Brazil. Ms. DuPlantis was featured in Mahler’s Das Lied von der Erde in Philadelphia’s new Kimmel Hall in February 2002. Last year she returned to the Kimmel in Bach’s B minor Mass. Recent important orchestral engagements include Mahler’s Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen in Philadelphia, a return to Duke University for the complete Messiah concert, and the world premiere of a work by Robert Maggio which he wrote for Ms. DuPlantis, orchestra, chorus, and children’s chorus. Performing throughout the states, she has sung Copland’s In the Beginning, Szymanowski’s Stabat Mater, Alexander Nevsky for two organizations, Mahler Rückert Lieder, Verdi Requiem, Brahms Alto Rhapsody, and Te Deum by Bruckner. This spring she sings Beethoven Mass in C with Baton Rouge Symphony.

With a passion for song and word, Ms. DuPlantis and two colleagues formed a not-for-profit organization: "Lyric Fest: Connecting People through Song". Blending a pianist, singers, the spoken word, and audience interaction, their festival series is bringing informative and vibrant programs to sold-out audiences in Philadelphia. She performs both solo and ensemble works in the series on occasions. The popular mezzo’s recent performances include Brahms Viola Songs, and Rachmaninoff’s Vespers. An active recitalist throughout the East, she drew critical praise for a recent recital in Pennsylvania: " she sang exquisitely ...and communicated not just the meaning but the spirit of every song she sang."

Ms. DuPlantis, recognized for her performances of Rossini leading ladies, sang Isabella in L’Italiana in Algeri for Knoxville Opera last season. Earlier she starred as Rosina in Il barbiere di Siviglia with Mobile Opera. Performances in Die Walküre include Waltraute (New Orleans Opera) and Grimgerde (Austin Lyric Opera.) Arizona Opera was the scene of two roles: Cherubino in Le nozze di Figaro and Orlofsky in Die Fledermaus. Meg Page in Verdi’s Falstaff was sung with Chautauqua Opera, Opera Company of Philadelphia, and Cincinnati Opera. Ms. DuPlantis appeared as Marta with leading artists from the Bolshoi Opera, performing Tschaikovsky’s Iolanta in Washington, D.C. for the Russian Embassy.

Important distinctions awarded Ms. DuPlantis include First Prize Winner in the Lola Wilson Hayes Vocal Artist Awards in New York City and the Connelly Award in the Washington International Competition. Her other awards include the Grand Prize Winner of the Concerto Soloist Competition, and First Prize Winner of the Musica Sacra Competition. Ms. DuPlantis received her training as an artist in residence at the Academy of Vocal Arts in Philadelphia and at the Eastman School of Music.


Opera Repertoire:

Albert Herring - - Nancy*

Amahl and the Night Visitors - - Mother*

Ariodante - - Polinesso

Il barbiere di Siviglia - - Rosina*

Carmen - - Carmen*

Les contes d'Hoffmann - - Nicklausse

Cosi fan tutte - - Dorabella*

Dido and Aeneas - - Dido

Eugene Onegin - - Olga

Falstaff - - Meg Page*

Faust - - Siebel*

Die Fledermaus - - Prince Orlofsky*

Hansel and Gretel - - Hansel*

Iolanta (Tschaikovsky) - - Marta*

Le nozze di Figaro - - Cherubino*

Lucia di Lammermoor - - Alisa*

Madama Butterfly - - Suzuki *

Norma - - Clotilde*

Rape of Lucretia - - Lucretia

Rigoletto - - Countess Ceprano*

Rigoletto - - Maddalena*

Der Rosenkavalier - - Octavian

La Traviata - - Flora*

A Visit to the Country (Wargo) - - Tania*

Die Walküre - - Grimgerde*

Die Walküre - - Waltrante*

Werther - - Charlotte

Die Zauberflöte - -Third Lady*

* Performed


Orchestra and Concert Repertoire:

Bach - - St. John Passion

Bach - - Magnificat

Bach, C.P.E. - - Magnificat

Beethoven - - Mass in C

Beethoven - - Missa Solemnis

Beethoven - - Symphony No. 9

Berio - - Folksong Arrangements

Brahms - - Alto Rhapsody

Bruckner - - Te Deum

Canteloube - - Chants d'Auvergne

Copland - - In the beginning

Dvorak - - Stabat Mater

Elgar - - The Dream of Gerontius

Handel - - Messiah

Haydn - - Lord Nelson Mass

Honegger - - King David

Mahler - - Das Lied von der Erde

Mahler - - Des Knaben Wunderhorn

Mahler - - Rückert Lieder

Maggio - - Small Hands Relinquish All/Rachael...

Montsalvage - - Cinco Canciones Negras

Mozart - - Apollo et Hyacinthus

Mozart - - Requiem

Pärt - - Stabat Mater

Prokofieff - - Alexander Nevsky

Rachmaninoff - Vespers

Ravel - - Chansons Madécasses

Ravel - - Shéhérazade

Rossini - - Petite Messe Solennelle

Seltzer - - Lament to Yitzhak - Requiem to a Leader

Verdi - - Requiem



Opera Company of Philadelphia
Austin Lyric Opera
Arizona Opera
Cincinnati Opera
New Orleans Opera
Chautauqua Opera
Knoxville Opera
Mobile Opera
American Opera Company
Greater Buffalo Opera
Berks Grand Opera
Boheme Opera
Whitewater Opera
Eugene Opera

Philadelphia Orchestra
Louisiana PhilharmonicOrchestra
Baton Rouge Symphony - - upcoming
Musica Sacra
Duke Chapel Choir
Gulf Coast Symphony Orchestra
Philadelphia Trio
Reading Symphony Orchestra
Cathedral Concert Series, Corpus Christi, TX
Mendelssohn Club of Philadelphia
Philadelphia Singers
The Chorale of Haverford, PA
Orchestra 2001
Bryn Mawr Presbyterian Fine Arts Series
Wayne Oratorio Society
Firelands Symphony Orchestra
Great Neck Choral Society
Connecticut Choral Society
Philadelphia Chamber Ensemble
Mozart Orchestra of Philadelphia
Fairfield Chorale, CT
Kennett Square Symphony
Concerto Soloist Chamber Orchestra




Il barbiere di Siviglia, Rosina, Mobile Opera, March, 2002

"Suzanne DuPlantis used her dusky mezzo to good advantage. (Her) big scene with Almaviva and Bartolo, punctuated by sharp musical exchanges and double entendres, was vocally impressive and immensely satisfying."
Thomas B. Harrison, MOBILE REGISTER, 3/23/2002

Messiah, Duke University Chapel Choir, December, 2001

" Mezzo DuPlantis, a real find, possesses secure, warm tone that made one look forward to her every return.
William Thomas Walker, December, 2001

Madama Butterfly, Suzuki, Eugene Opera, January, 1999

"..The leading characters were excellent...Suzanne DuPlantis, as the maidservant Suzuki, was absolutely riveting in her acting and her clear, strong mezzo-soprano." John Farnworth, THE REGISTER GUARD, 1/5/1999

Die Fledermaus, Prince Orlofsky, Arizona Opera, November, 1998

"ÉPrince Orlofsky (Suzanne DuPlantis)ÉThe singing is consistently first-rateÉThe womenÉexhibit the kind of vocal power you'd expect from high-powered female opera singers." Ken Keuffel, Jr., THE ARIZONA DAILY STAR, 11/15/98

"...and Suzanne DuPlantis brought a dusky mezzo and faux-hauteurÉ" Kenneth LaFave, THE ARIZONA REPUBLIC, 11/19/98

Il barbiere di Siviglia, Rosina, Whitewater Opera, October, 1998

"Suzanne DuPlantis made a lovely Rosina with a voice that soared from the musical heights to the depths in pitch. Rossini expected his mezzo-sopranos to handle nearly three octaves in range, and DuPlantis accomplished this effortlessly. In addition, she proved herself to be a fine comic actress." John D. Jeter, THE JOURNAL (MIDDLETOWN), 10/12/98

Messiah, Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra , New Orleans, December, 1997

"Mezzo-soprano Suzanne DuPlantis has a unique voice that produces a warm, deep tone. It has a strength and dark richness that would be as impressive in Verdi as it is in Handel or Mozart." Theodore P. Mahne, THE TIMES-PICAYUNE

Falstaff, Meg Page, Cincinnati Opera, June, 1997

"Other strong contributions came fromÉMs. DuPlantis." Janelle Gelfand, THE CINCINNATI ENQUIRER

Rigoletto, Maddalena, New Orleans Opera, March, 1997

" Suzanne DuPlantis as his sister-accomplice was sexy and bright, and sang well in the quartet." RADELIA ONLINE

" Mezzo Suzanne DuPlantis sang the brief but important role of Maddelna quite well." David Coco, THE ADVOCATE, BATON ROUGE

Philadelphia Chamber Ensemble Concert, November, 1996

"The first half of a typically eclectic program threw the spotlight on mezzo-soprano Suzanne DuPlantis. Each features sprase instrumental accompaniment that leaves the singer to her own devices, with little to fall back on if she falters. In the third song, named "Vida, vidita, vidala," only the percussionist (Anthony Orlando) plays. Fortunately, DuPlantis rose to the occasion in each of the Ginastera numbers. Her sultry voice effected a beguiling blend of operatic power and art-song subtlety. " Ken Keuffel, Jr., INQUIRER

Lucia di Lammermoor, Alisa, Opera Company of Philadelphia, October, 1996

"..and Suzanne DuPlantis lent a dark voice to enhance the scenes with Lucia." Daniel Webster, INQUIRER

A Visit to the Country (A Chekhov Trilogy), AVA Opera Theatre guest, February, 1996

"..singer's reveled in their vocal opportunities. Suzanne DuPlantis and Amy Schroeder wrapped their voices around the affecting duet that crystallizes the sisters' frustrated feelings." Robert Baker, OPERA NEWS

Mahler, Rückert Lieder, Aids Quilt Songbook Benefit Concert, Orchestra 2001, Philadelphia, 1996

"The rich-voiced mezzo-soprano Suzanne DuPlantis gave a moving interpretation, her stage presence well-suited to the touching dignity of the songs." Diana Burgwyn THE PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER, 5/25/96

Mother's Day Recital, Bryn Mawr Presbyterian Church, Philadelphia

"DuPlantis sang exquisitely from a sheer vocalistic standpoint. Her voice was full-bodied and consistent in all its registers and her projection was flawless top to bottom and from loud to soft. Her diction was immaculate, and she communicated not just the meaning but the spirit of every song she sang." Michael Caruso CHESTNUT HILL LOCAL, 5/16/96

Verdi Requiem, Bryn Mawr Presbyterian Church, Philadelphia

"DuPlantis, especially, sang with impressive power of projection and beauty of tone. In particular, her chest tones at the bottom of her range were marvelous for their burnished resonance." Michael Caruso, CHESTNUT HILL LOCAL, 3/28/96

Carmen, Carmen, Berks Grand Opera

"Mezzo-soprano Suzanne DuPlantis' many-layered Carmen was vocally strong and warm with the ample range needed for this role. With each act she brought out more dimensions, from her playful seductiveness in Act 1 to her edge of danger in Act 2 to the somberness which emerges in the third-act Card Song to her dignity as she accepts death rather than loss of freedom." Susan L. Peña, OPERA REVIEW, 5/8/94

Faust, Siebel, The Boheme Opera Company, 1993

"Mezzo-soprano Suzanne DuPlantis was a delightfully appealing, boyish Siebel, who obviously captivated the audience with her Act II song to the flowers the youth has picked for Marguerite." Donald P. Delany, THE TIMES, 10/26/93

Apollo et Hyacinthus, Apollo, Festival of Mozart Operas

"There were, to be sure, fine moments in the Apollo arias and ensembles by...Suzanne DuPlantis (Apollo)." James R. Oestreich, NEW YORK TIMES, 8/15/92

Hansel and Gretel, Hansel, AVA Opera Theatre

"Suzanne DuPlantis played a mischievous, winsome Hansel. She splayed herself across chairs and tested her stage environment with all the loose-limbed cockiness we associate with a young boy. Watching her was as delightful as listening to her clear-timbred mezzo-soprano." Thea Diamond, OPERA

Il barbiere di Siviglia, Rosina, The Academy of Vocal Arts Opera Theater

"Mezzo-soprano Suzanne DuPlantis made a lovely Rosina, singing with velvety tone and elegant phrasing." Michael Caruso, CHESTNUT HILL LOCAL, 2/22/90


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