Suzanne Kompass

University of the Sunshine Coast Director of Vocal Arts, Moravian College Visiting Artist & platinum recording artist, Suzanne Kompass, is an extraordinarily versatile performer whose talent encompasses all genres of music with equal facility, whether Opera, Operetta, Art-Song or the classics of Broadway.

 

Her operatic repertoire is extensive and includes the roles of Susanna (Marriage of Figaro) Marguerite (Faust) Mannon (Mannon) Pamina (Magic Flute)  Norina (Don Pasquale) Rosina (Barber of Seville)  Anna (Merry Widow) Mimi (La Boheme)  and Violetta (La Traviata).

 

In oratorio and symphonic repertoire, her performances have included; Bach’s St. John Passion, B Minor Mass, Magnificat & Christmas Oratorio, Beethoven’s 9TH Symphony,  Bernstien’s Mass, Bizet’s Te Deum, Brahm’s Requiem, Dvorak’s Mass in D, Elgar’s Coronation Ode, Faure’s Requiem, Handel’s Messiah & Israel In Egypt, Haydn’s The Creation, Mass To St. Theresa, Coronation Mass, Mass In Time Of War and Nelson Mass, Mozart’s Requiem & Solemn Vespers Schubert’s Mass In G and Mass In A Major, Vaughan William’s Sea Symphony & Serenade To Music and Vivaldi’s Gloria.

 

Suzanne has appeared as guest soloist in many music festivals, including the Spoleto Festival’s of Charleston (South Carolina) Spoleto (Italy) and the Huntsville Festival, Canada. Her engagements in the U.S.A. & Canada have included concerts with the New York Philharmonic, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Westminster Festival Orchestra, Toronto Symphony, Vancouver Symphony, New Jersey Symphony, Pennsylvania Sinfonia Orchestra, the Trillium Series and the Naples Philharmonic.

 

She has worked with luminary conductors such as Zubin Mehta, Carlo Maria Guilini, Robert Shaw, Erich Kunzel, Joseph Flummerfelt, Martin Katz, Gian Carlo Menotti, Christian Badea, Riccardo Muti, Daniel Barenboim and Elmer Iseler.

 

She has collaborated with leading composers including Gian Carlo Menotti, Peter Schickele, Jack Behrens, and Sean O’Boyle. New music concerts include music of John Cage, Albert Fischer and Olivier Messiaen.

 

Suzanne recorded the platinum selling album A Christmas Homecoming with Canadian Jazz Composer Hagood Hardy culminating with multiple sell-out concerts & TV appearances with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra.

 

In 2009/10 Suzanne spent a year in Australia and made her Sydney Opera House debut, and performed with the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, Queensland Symphony Orchestra, Australian Pops Orchestra, Queensland Pops Orchestra, Barrier Reef Orchestra and the Australian Shakespeare Festival.  She also appeared in the acclaimed hit show Scotland the Brave that was filmed for the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, the DVD release achieved Gold status within weeks. 

 

Suzanne also appeared with the Australian superstar of jazz, James Morrison and sang with Gregory Moore & Adam Lopez to huge acclaim.

 

Whilst in Australia, Suzanne co/produced and guest starred on the Gregory Moore hit Album “I Dreamed of You” with composer Sean O'Boyle and worked as a music coach on the feature film A Heartbeat Away.

 

Performance highlights of 2011-2016 include: world premiere of Sean O'Boyle's Requiem with the Glenn Ridge Choral Society; Soloist in Rossini's Stabat Mater; soloist in the Poulenc Gloria; 2 month Australian tour with the Queensland Ballet performing the role of “the night club singer” in the ballet Cloudland; vocal coach and featured soloist for the education Queensland’s televised stadium event Creative Generations 2012/13/14/15/16; USA premiere of Israeli composer Rami Bar-Niv's song cycle Longing for my Father with the Concord Chamber Orchestra (WI) and the world premiere of  Conflict, Sadness, Victory, Resolution  for Soprano & Orchestra by Sean O'Boyle a role she reprised for the 2014 Moravian Music Conference in Bethlehem, PA. In 2016 Suzanne was the soprano soloist in the PA premiere of the Amy Beach Mass. As a recitalist, Suzanne has appeared in the USA, Canada and Australia.  Suzanne is the director of the Moravian College, Song and Stagecraft Ensemble and the Opera Ensemble.

 

Suzanne Kompass is the 2013 Moravian College Music Department recipient of the T. Edgar Shields Prize for "excellence in studio teaching.” Suzanne is a master voice teacher with students on 3 continents, many who are working professionally in Opera, Broadway and Theatre.

 

Suzanne was appointed in 2017 Director of Vocal Arts for the University of the Sunshine Coast in Queensland, Australia.

© 2015 by Sean O'Boyle

Photography - © Chrissy Maguire