Praised by the San Francisco Chronicle as an â€śartist ready for the big timeâ€ť, soprano Susannah Billerwas recently seen as Daisy in the San Francisco premiere of John Harbisonâ€™sThe Great Gatsbywith Ensemble Parallele. In recent seasons, she was a member of the prestigious Adler Fellowship Program with San Francisco Opera. While in San Francisco, she was seen as Frasquita inCarmen, Lolita in the world premiere of John Harbisonâ€™sHeart of a Soldier,Kristina inThe Makropoulos Caseand Madame Herz inDer Schauspieldirektor. Additional productions with San Francisco Opera includeDer Ring des Nibelungen,SerseandWerther.
The 2014-2015 season saw Ms. Biller as Adele inDie Fledermauswith Portland Opera, Mica in Carly Simonâ€™sRomulus Huntwith Nashville Opera, Marie inLa fille du rĂ©gimentwith Arizona Opera and Costanza inRiccardo Primowith Opera Theater of St. Louis. The 2015-2016 season will see her debut with the Louisiana Philharmonic for Mahlerâ€™s2ndSymphony,her return to Arizona Opera as Rosalba inFlorencia en el Amazonasand a debut with Lyric Opera of Kansas City as Adina inLâ€™elisir dâ€™amore.
To open the 2013-2014 season, Ms. Biller portrayed the role of Selena in the world premiere ofDolores Claibornewith San Francisco Opera. She received multiple accolades for her work in this role including from the San Francisco Chronicle, which hailed that she â€śwas a bright toned, poignant Selena; her aria during the eclipse garnered a well-earned explosion of applauseâ€ť and Opera Now, who acclaimed that she â€śwas hugely impressive as the abused daughter. Her crystalline soprano and limpid tonal production perfectly suggested the young woman, but then assumed a hint of steel when she matures into the bitter twenty-something who hates her mother.â€ť Additional engagements for the 2013-2014 season included Garcias inDon Quichottewith San Diego Opera and Adina inLâ€™elisir dâ€™amorewith Opera Theater of St. Louis. During the 2012-2013 season, she made her company and role debut with Portland Opera as Nanetta inFalstaff, made her role debut as Despina in San Francisco Operaâ€™s production ofCosĂ¬ fan tuttefor which ARThound hailed her as one of the â€śclear stand-outsâ€ť who â€śliterally glows on stage and managed to grab the limelight through the entire performance.â€ť Additionally, she returned to Gotham Chamber Opera in 2013 as Eritea in Cavalliâ€™sEliogabalo. In the 2011-2012 season, Ms. Biller made her New York Debut as Fortuna in Christopher Aldenâ€™s new production ofIl sogno di scipionewith Gotham Chamber Opera and returned to San Francisco Opera for productions ofNixon in ChinaandDie ZauberflĂ¶te.â€¦
Ms. Biller debuted with Ensemble Parallele as Eurydice in the award winning production of Philip Glassâ€™OrphĂ©e, and also with Opera Santa Barbara as Serpina inLa serva padrona. She celebrated major success in the 2009 San Francisco Opera Merola Program performing in the Schwabacher Scenes Concert as Musetta inLa bohĂ¨me, Euridice inOrfeo, Monica inThe Medium, and Elvira inLâ€™italiana in Algeri.