Praised by the San Francisco Chronicle as an “artist ready for the big time”, soprano Susannah Billerwas recently seen as Daisy in the San Francisco premiere of John Harbison’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 Harbison’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 Simon’sRomulus Huntwith Nashville Opera, Marie inLa fille du régimentwith Arizona Opera and Costanza inRiccardo Primowith Opera Theater of St. Louis. The 2015-2016 season will see her debut with the Louisiana Philharmonic for Mahler’s2ndSymphony,her return to Arizona Opera as Rosalba inFlorencia en el Amazonasand a debut with Lyric Opera of Kansas City as Adina inL’elisir d’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 “was a bright toned, poignant Selena; her aria during the eclipse garnered a well-earned explosion of applause” and Opera Now, who acclaimed that she “was 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.” Additional engagements for the 2013-2014 season included Garcias inDon Quichottewith San Diego Opera and Adina inL’elisir d’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 Opera’s production ofCosì fan tuttefor which ARThound hailed her as one of the “clear stand-outs” who “literally glows on stage and managed to grab the limelight through the entire performance.” Additionally, she returned to Gotham Chamber Opera in 2013 as Eritea in Cavalli’sEliogabalo. In the 2011-2012 season, Ms. Biller made her New York Debut as Fortuna in Christopher Alden’s new production ofIl sogno di scipionewith Gotham Chamber Opera and returned to San Francisco Opera for productions ofNixon in ChinaandDie Zauberflöte.…
Ms. Biller debuted with Ensemble Parallele as Eurydice in the award winning production of Philip Glass’Orphée, 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 bohème, Euridice inOrfeo, Monica inThe Medium, and Elvira inL’italiana in Algeri.