Biography (soprano)

American soprano Suzanne Nance consistently delights and inspires with her artistry and musical excellence on the operatic, concert and recital stages. Recognized in fall 2016 as a "Favorite Artist" by Artslandia Magazine, (Oregon), Suzanne has been hailed for her “crystalline voice” (Bangor Daily News) with “volcanic power” (Downeast Magazine) and exceptional dramatic abilities and comedic timing, Ms. Nance has established herself as a performer that “has it all.” Her diversity and range have led to sold out performances of German lieder, French Mélodie, American art song, opera, operetta and musical theater repertoire.

Making her operatic debut in Chicago as Despina in Mozart’s Cosi fan tutte (Intimate Opera Company, 2006), Nance garnered success as a young artist at various festivals and programs around the world, including La Musica Lirica (Novelfeltria, Italy) where she performed the role of Ottavia in Monteverdi’s L’Incoronazione di Poppea to great acclaim. In 2012, Suzanne represented America in Eastern Europe singing in a noteworthy "Velvet Revolution Concert" in Prague, Czech Republic. She has undertaken important roles with outstanding success including Blanche in Andre Previn’s Streetcar Named Desire, Princesse in Ravel’s L'enfant et les sortilèges and Meg in Mark Adamo’s Little Women.

Suzanne is currently celebrating the sounds of Ireland and America in recitals across the United States and is also enjoying the opportunity to share gems from the soprano repertoire of the Baroque Era.

In addition to her singing/stage career, Ms. Nance created the Emmy-award winning TV series MaineArts!. She is currently the President and CEO at All Classical Portland in Portland, Oregon. Recently named one of Portland's best radio personalities in the Willamette Week's 2017 "best of" survey, on October 18, 2017 Nance will have made her RTÈ Lyric FM debut as guest host of The Full Score radio program heard across Ireland. She is also heard nationwide in America as the former host of the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra radio broadcast series (nationally syndicated by WFMT) and host and co-producer of the Lyric Opera of Chicago (internationally syndicated by WFMT). Suzanne is currently the managing producer of the nationally sydicated radio program about film music: The Score.

Ms. Nance holds a Bachelor of Music degree from Syracuse University and a Masters from DePaul University. She also participated in the CoOPERAtive Program at Westminster at Rider University in Princeton, NJ. She is a frequent guest lecturer and writer about music and an active arts ambassador. She speaks nationally about the power of music, the benefits of arts education, promoting emotional literacy and the importance of supporting cultural economy.