Susanna Fairbairn

Genre: Soprano

Artist Reviews

'The overture and opening scenes fizzed with urgency, Sky Ingram's Dido a fragile bundle of anxieties who was only held together by the brisk no-nonsense attitude of Susanna Fairbairn's vivacious Belinda.'

Jane Shuttleworth, Bachtrack; English Touring Opera Triple Bill Autumn 2018

'Susanna Fairbairn's terrifically vivid Belinda was a good counterfoil for Sky Ingram's depressive Queen.'

Claire Seymour, Opera Today; English Touring Opera Triple Bill Autumn 2018

'The brightly seductive Crobyle of Susanna Fairbairn...'

Yehuda Shapiro, Opera Magazine; Thaïs, Chelsea Opera Hall, Cadogan Hall, June 2018

'Susanna was a dauntless, feisty Pallas.'

The Idle Woman; Arne, The Judgment of Paris, London Handel Festival, April 2018

'Susanna Fairbairn as a strong Pallas.'

Robert Hugill; Arne, The Judgment of Paris, London Handel Festival, April 2018


English soprano Susanna Fairbairn studied at the Wales International Academy of Voice and Trinity College of Music under the tutelage of Dennis O’Neill, Nuccia Focile and Alison Wells. Previously, she was an Instrumental Scholar whilst studying Music at Magdalen College, Oxford, where her first study was the flute.

A recipient of a 2017-18 Opera Awards Foundation bursary, Susanna was also a Park Lane Group Young Artist, winner of the Dvořák Prize at the Emmy Destinn Young Singers Awards, and finalist in the Handel Singing Competition, winning the Selma D. and Leon Fishbach Memorial Prize. Whilst at Trinity, she won First Prize in the English Song Competition and received the Wilfred Greenhouse Allt Prize and Paul Simm Opera Prize. She has also benefitted from masterclasses with such illustrious names as Kiri Te Kanawa, Roger Vignoles, Malcolm Martineau and Sarah Walker.

Significant solo appearances include music from diverse periods: from Schumann with The Gewandhaus Orchestra in Leipzig conducted by Sir John Eliot Gardiner to Vaughan Williams’ Sea Symphony with Norwich Philharmonic. Other highlights include Brahms Requiem at St. David’s Hall, Cardiff; Messiah at the Wales Millennium Centre; St. John Passion in Birmingham Symphony Hall; and Tavener Veil of the Temple in Canterbury Cathedral in the composer’s presence.

A keen recitalist, Susanna has performed at major venues including the Wigmore Hall, Purcell Room at the Southbank Centre, St. James’s Church, Piccadilly and Kings Place. Susanna sang and was interviewed live on BBC Radio 3’s In Tune to promote her début CD launch on the Naxos label: Songs of Geoffrey Bush and Joseph Horovitz (about which Gramophone Magazine said ‘Susanna Fairbairn is in delectably fresh voice throughout, and she forges a splendidly stylish and communicative alliance with her accompanist Matthew Schellhorn’). She has also appeared on BBC television numerous times – on various BBC Drama soundtracks and also on The One Show.

Operatic roles include Countess Le nozze di Figaro for Longborough Festival Opera; cover Donna Anna Don Giovanni for Opera North; Galatea Acis and Galatea for Opera Theatre Company (Ireland); Donna Anna Don Giovanni, Belinda Dido & Aeneas, Eleonora Il furioso all’isola di San Domingo, Juno La Calisto, and Bice Pia de’ Tolomei for English Touring Opera; Crobyle Thaïs for Chelsea Opera Group; Count Gontran Une Éducation Manquée for Pop-Up Opera; and Margery The Dragon of Wantley for the London Handel Festival.


For Oratorio and Concert repertoire please scroll down:

Oratorio and concert rep
Composer Work
Allain Pain
Bach Js B Minor Mass
Cantata 19 (Es erhub sich ein Streit)
Cantata 21 (Ich hatte viel  Bekümmernis)
Cantata 51 (Jauchzet Gott in allen Landen)
Cantata 80 (Ein feste Burg)
Cantata 82 (Ich habe Genug)
Christmas Oratorio
St John Passion
St Matthew Passion
Beethoven Missa Solemnis
Symphony No 0
Bernstein Chichester Psalms
Blake From the Mattree Grave
Brahms Requiem
Dvořák Mass in D
Faure Stabat Mater
Finzi Dies Natalis
Handel Chandos Anthems
Dixit Dominus
Israel in Egypt
Ode for the birthday of Queen Anne (including Eternal Source of Light)
Haydn Creation
Kleine Orgelmesse
Nelson Mass
Schöpfung Messe
Hepplewhite Two or Three Angels (commission)
Mendelssohn Elijah
Hear my Prayer
Hymn of Praise
McDowell The Lord is Good (Commission)
Standing As I do before God (Commission)
Monteverdi Beatus Vir
Mozart Alleluia (Exultate Jubilate)
C Minor Mass
Mass in C
Laudate Dominum
 Pärt Passio (Evangeliest)
Orff Carmina Burana
Poulenc  Gloria
Purcell Ode for the birthday of Queen Mary II
Rossini Petite Messe Solenelle
Scarlatti A Dixit Dominus
Tavener The Veil of the Temple (Concert Version)
Todd Mass in Blue
Vaughan Williams Donna Nobis Pacem
Sea Symphony
Vivaldi Dixit Dominus
Artist: Susanna Fairbairn
Label: Ann Ferrier Artists
Genre: Soprano