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Susan Legg

Head of Voice / Voice Tutor

S.Legg@chi.ac.uk

Since winning the National Mozart Singing Competition, Susan has enjoyed a flourishing career that has taken her to major concert venues throughout the world.  Specialising in contemporary song, lieder and chanson, she is regularly broadcast on BBC Radio 3 and has recorded for Norwegian Radio. The legendary mezzo soprano Christa Ludwig described Susan's lyric mezzo as ‘a beautiful voice with a fine coloratura’.

Much in demand as a recitalist, Susan has given concerts at the Wigmore Hall, a Purcell Room song recital and piano recital, a performance of Strauss’s opera Ariadne auf Naxos (Komponist) and a vocal recital at St. John, Smith’s Square and opera galas at St. James’s Palace as well as major venues in Moscow, Copenhagen and Stockholm.

Operatic engagements have taken her to Glyndebourne, Bayreuth, Wexford and Aldeburgh Festivals and the Walton Trust, Ischia. In oratorio, Susan has performed all of Elgar’s works, the Bach Passions, Verdi and Mozart Requiems and given performances of Handel’s Messiah in Mexico.  She has recorded soundtracks for Film, TV and video games and regularly sings with the BBC Singers.

Susan’s awards include: the National Mozart Singing Competition; Richard Tauber Schubert Society Prize; Tillett Trust’s Young Artists' Platform; finalist in the Kathleen Ferrier Awards and Belvedere International Singing Competition, Vienna and British representative in the Queen Sonja International Music Competition, Norway.

In a celebrated duo with award-winning pianist Ann Martin-Davis, their unique CD of Lutosławski chamber music for the ASV Label won worldwide acclaim. The disc, described as ‘beautiful and exquisite’ by BBC Music Magazine, is to be re-released on the Nimbus Label this year, together with a new recording: ‘Heaven-Haven’ - The Songs of Peter Pope. The duo have commissioned groundbreaking song-cycles from Graham Fitkin, Howard Skempton and Gabriel Jackson which they performed and toured in the major UK music and poetry festivals and further afield in Australia, India and South America.

The duo’s latest project Mr James’ Garden: Jardin de los Sueños celebrates music, sculpture and one of the world's most fascinating gardens - the surrealist Las Pozas in Mexico, created by the great philanthropist Edward James. With specially commissioned Mexican artwork, the premieres took place in Mexico City, followed by performances in Henley and Petworth Festivals in Summer 2013.

Susan studied singing with Margaret Kingsley at the Royal College of Music and the National Opera Studio and piano with Clifford Benson and Phyllis Sellick.

‘A lustrous mezzo soprano’ - The Sunday Times

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