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Susanna Crespo Held

Opera Singers / Mezzo-soprano


Born in Germany, she received her musical training in Spain and Italy, where she studied opera, baroque, and lieder singing with Peter Kooij, Carmen Bustamante, Mitsuko Shirai, Montserrat Figueras, Mark Tucker, Marta Almajano, Cristina Miatello, and A. Goussev.

She was immediately invited to perform with various early music groups, including Capella Reial de Catalunya, Ensemble Elyma, Capella de Ministers, Capilla Real de Madrid, Arion Consort, Brevis Consort, Orquestra Barroca Catalana, Orchestra Barocca di Siracusa (I) and others, under the guidance of conductors of the caliber of Jordi Savall, Ottavio Dantone, Gabriel Garrido, Aldo Ceccato, Nigel North, Giulio Prandi, Hiro Kurosaki, Ottavio Dantone and Darius Stabinskas and others.

She sings in numerous international festivals and concert seasons, including Usedomer Musikfestival (D), Festival Grandeze e Meraviglie di Modena (I), Banchetto Musicale (LT), Festival de Musique Ancienne d'Ambronay (F), Festival de Musique Sacrée de Paris (F), Semana de Música Religiosa de Burgos (E), Fundación Juan March of Madrid (E), Festival Internazionale di Musica Antica di Martinengo (I), Concerti Della Fondazione Marco Fodella di Milano (I), Settimana Barocca di Siracusa (I), etc. performing in prestigious theaters and concert halls such as Kursaal of San Sebastián (E), Teatro Carlos III de S. Lorenzo del Escorial (E), Teatro Dal Verme in Milan (I), Le Grand Theatre de Genève (CH), Palau de la Música of Valencia (E), Palau de la Música Catalana (E), etc.

Her repertoire ranges from the seventeenth century to early Romanticism. In the field of sacred music, he has already performed Monteverdi's Il Vespro Della Beata Vergine, the Oratorio S. Casimiro, Rè di Polonia by A. Scarlatti, sacred cantatas by Stradella, Gloria and Beatus Vir by Vivaldi, Haec est Regina Virginum by Haendel, Masses and Cantatas and Magnificat by Bach and Telemann, Krönungsmesse by Mozart, Nicolai Messe by Haydn, Magnificat and Messe by Schubert, Petite Messe Solennelle by Rossini.

In Opera: Orfeo by Monteverdi (Ninfa), Celos aún del aire matan by Hidalgo (Pocris), Arias from Il più bel nome by Caldara, and various works by D. Terradellas.

She has also sung madrigals by Monteverdi, chamber cantatas by A. Scarlatti, E. Jacquet de la Guerre, Montéclair, Vivaldi and Haendel, and Lieder by F. Mendelssohn, Schubert, R., and C. Schumann, Brahms.

She has made numerous recordings and radio interviews for Deutschlandradio Kultur, RNE (Radio Nacional de España), Radio France, WDR (Westdeutscher Rundfunk), RAI (Radiotelevisione Italiana), Catalunya Radio and television shots for Antennas 2 and TV3.

She forms a stable duo with guitarist and composer Jaume Torrent with whom he recorded his songs for Voice and Guitar "Per a sola Veu" with lyrics by Carles Riba.

Her first solo recording Scarlatti: Kantaten for the Naxos label garnered a considerable number of positive reviews from the trade press.

Bilingual, she speaks and writes in six languages, which allows her to approach different repertoires with the utmost naturalness.

She often holds Masterclasses dedicated to Baroque Singing among which the one at the Conservatorio Superior de Música "Joaquín Rodrigo" de València dedicated to the vocal music of Johann Sebastian Bach stands out.

She is currently teaching German as a foreign language at the Conservatory "G. Cantelli" of Novara (I) and German and French diction and phonetics applied to singing at the Conservatory "C. Pollini" of Padua (I).

“Her voice is agile and clear, emphasizing the interplay of passages but also the richness of the affections of the cantatas by exploiting a multifaceted timbral spectrum, and with all this, she manages to infuse each piece with its atmosphere...” (Dr. S. Drees - Klassik.com)


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