Susan Gonzalez has professional experience internationally in both theater and opera. She began her career at an early age acting professionally with the North Carolina State Theater which led to additional credits including a BBC Series, SAILOR, which won the British National SUN AWARD for excellence. Her love of the theater and singing paved the way to an active career in both opera and concert repertoire which began with the National Opera Company which led to leading roles with the Lyric Opera of Chicago at Grant Park, Chicago Opera Theater, and New Orleans Opera, among many others. Her international credits include debuts with the Bolshoi Opera in Cheboksary and Nishny Novgorod, Russia. Other television credits include her appearance as Rosina in a filmed version of Il Barbierre di Siviglia which went on to receive an EMMY nomination.
Susan Gonzalez’s theatrical background provided her with the skills and inspiration to become a stage director. She created the Hunter College Opera Theatre where she showcases full productions of new and rarely performed works. Hunter College Opera Theatre launched its first season in the Kaye Playhouse producing Nicholas Flagello’s opera THE SISTERS. In addition she has also staged her own adaptation of Mozart’s Impresario for regional professional musical organizations such as The Bronx Arts Ensemble and New Jersey’s Garden State Opera. Her love of new works has inspired a collaboration which has resulted in an invitation to assist internationally known stage director, Leon Major at the University of Maryland for a new work during the 2009-10 season.
Susan Gonzalez’s solo concert appearances include performances at New York’s Avery Fisher Hall with the National Symphony, and Carnegie Hall with the American Composers Orchestra. She has also performed with the Brooklyn Philharmonic, Cincinnati Symphony, Annapolis Symphony and the Mozart Players. Her recordings include CDs released by Naxos featuring the songs and arias of Nicholas Flagello and Leonarda labelentitled “Songs by Women”.
Dr. Gonzalez holds degrees from Cincinnati Conservatory of Music and Eastman School of Music where she earned her Doctorate of Music in Literature and Performance. She is a skilled vocal technician with an emphasis in classical music and musical theater.