Susannah Wapshott: Conductor/Pianist/Vocal Coach

Susannah read Music at The University of Manchester, followed by piano scholarships to the RNCM and the RCS. She became Scottish Opera’s Chorus Director in 2022. As a répétiteur at Scottish Opera since 2008, she made her conducting debut with Carmina Burana (Edinburgh Festival Fringe) and has been Assistant Conductor for Nixon in China, Kátya Kabanová, Greek, The Trial, Orfeo ed Euridice, and Macbeth. Additionally, she was Music Director from the piano for small-scale tours of Carmen, La traviata, Rodelinda, Macbeth, and Opera Highlights 2012. She has prepared the chorus for operas including Daphne, Carmen, Il trittico, Ainadamar, Candide, Don Giovanni, Breaking the Waves (touring to Adelaide), Rigoletto, Edgar, The Marriage of Figaro, L’amico Fritz, Il trovatore, and Orfeo ed Euridice (BBC Radio 3 broadcast). Susannah is also Music Director for the Helensburgh Oratorio Choir, conducting several concerts a year and commissioning Breathing Place by Aileen Sweeney, broadcast on BBC Radio 3. Susannah coaches at the Alexander Gibson Opera School. She is a recipient of the prestigious Conducting Fellowship at The Dallas Opera and a GEMMA Classical Music Award for conducting.

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Opera Caledonia engagements: “Behind the Curtain”, “Come & Sing: Music of the Opera March 2022 & April 2024”, Vocal Studio Course Faculty member 2024.