|La Clemenza di Tito|
|Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart|
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Susan McCulloch's debut in Glyndebourne (originally engaged as understudy for the role, she's been noticed four hours before the beginning of the performance) - Vitellia - Non piů di fiori - La clemenza di Tito (Act one) - Mozart - July 12th 1991 (video taken from Stage Management Box)
The international soprano Susan McCulloch's solo career spans all fields of the classical music world. She has sung amongst other places- at the Glyndebourne Festival, ENO, Chatelet in Paris, de Nederlandse Oper in Amsterdam, New Year Opera Galas at the Royal Albert Hall, international opera performances as Tosca, the Countess, Marcellina, Leonora etc, with such eminent colleagues as Sir John Eliot Gardiner, Sir Charles Mackerras, Mark Elder and Bryn Terfel, to name but a few. Wide varieties of concert and oratorio work as a Principal Guest Soloist took her all over the UK, extensively across Europe, the USA and the Far East, including such works as The Four Last Songs, Mahler Symphony Nos. 2, 4 and 8, Beethoven Symphony No. 9, Handel's The Messiah, Wagners Wesendonk Lieder and a great specialism of Opera Gala Evenings. A testament to her artistry and likeability is that in almost all cases her singing led to invitations to return for future performances. She also has an extensive television and recording catalogue that includes several episodes of Inspector Morse, Closing Numbers, the Marriage of Figaro and Opera Karaoke!
Running parallel to her career as a solo performer, and exclusively latterly, she has established herself as a sought-after vocal teacher of considerable note. Susan was invited to become a Performance Consultant at the Royal Opera House Jette Parker Young Artists Programme and is a Professor of Voice at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama as well as a founder tutor on the Abingdon Summer School for Solo Singers and has rapidly acquired a reputation as a knowledgeable, enthusiastic, energetic and likeable teacher, lecturer and masterclass-giver both within the Conservatoire environment and at advanced level national and international vocal summer school.
She is particularly proud that in recent years two of her students have been first prize winners at the major Kathleen Ferrier Competition and three of the last four Gold Medal Prize Winners at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama have been her students; their success endorses her stellar reputation in advanced vocal teaching and coaching. Susans students can now be found performing in the opera houses and concert platforms throughout the world.
Ecco il punto, o Vitellia,
d'esaminar la tua costanza: avrai
valor che basti a riminar esangue
il tuo Sesto fedel? Sesto, che t'ama
piu della vita sua? Che per tua colpa
divenne reo? Che t'ubbidi crudele?
Che ingiusta t'adoro? Che in faccia a morte
si gran fede ti serba, e tu frattanto
non ignota a te stessa, andrai tranquilla
al talamo d'Augusto? Ah mi vedrei
sempre Sesto d'intorno; e ll'aure, e i sassi
ternerei che loquaci
mi scoprissero a Tito. A' piedi suoi
vadasi il tutto a palesar, Si scemi
il delitto di Sesto,
se scursa non si puo,
col fallo mio.
D'impero e d'imenei, speranze, addio.
Non piu di fiori
Stretta fra barbare
Veggo la morte
Ver me avanzar.
Infelice! qual orrore!
Ah di me che si dira?
Chi vedesse il mio dolore,
Pur avria di me pieta.
Now is the moment, O Vitellia,
to test your firmess: will you have
sufficient courage to look upon
your faithful Sextus lifeless? Sextus, who loves you
more than his own life, who for your sake
committed a crime, who obeyed you, cruel one,
and adored you, unjust as you are;
who in the face of death remains so true to you,
while you, aware of this, calmly go
to Caesar's bridal bed? Ah, I should always see
Sextus near me and fear the breezes and the stones
and betray me to Titus.
Let me go and confess all at his feet.
Let Sextus's crime,
If it cannot be forgiven, be lessened through my guilt.
Ah farewell, hopes of dominion and marriage!
shall Hymen descend
fair garlands of flowers.
Bound in harsh,
I see death
advance towards me.
O wretched me! How horrible!
Ah, what will be said of me?
Yet he who could see my distress
would have pity on me.