Susan Gritton

Biography

Born: Reigate, England  
Susan Gritton is an English soprano who made her breakthrough to singing principal roles in 1999.

After studying botany at Oxford and London Universities she moved her avocational voice training up to a professional level, then took up singing as a career. She first came to prominence when she won the coveted Kathleen Ferrier Memorial Award in 1994.

This resulted in her solo recital debut at London's Wigmore Hall, with Eugene Asti
Read more as accompanist. She joined Graham Johnson in the International Songmakers' series, and made extensive appearances in recital throughout England, especially in summer festivals, appearing at the Lichfield, Arundel, Aldeburgh, Cheltenham, Harrowgate, and City of London Festivals, as well as in the Salzburg Mozartwoche. In 1996 she was invited to appear three times in the BBC Henry Wood Promenade Concerts. One of her early festival appearances was at the Istanbul Festival where she sang the part of Blondchen in Mozart's Die Entführung aus dem Serail in the city where the story is set.

The first few years in her operatic career were in smaller and character parts, such as the First Niece in Britten's Peter Grimes, Frasquita in Bizet's Carmen, Clarine and Thalie in Rameau's Platée, Xenia in Mussorgsky's Boris Godunov, Sister Constance in Poulenc's Dialogues des Carmelites, the Mermaid in Weber's Oberon, and Tiny in Britten's Paul Bunyan. She sang Belinda in Purcell's Dido and Aeneas at the Berlin Staatsoper, Fulvia in Handel's Ezio with the King's Consort in the Théâtre des Champs Elysée of Paris, Atalanta in Handel's Xerxes at the English National Opera, the Governess in Britten's The Turn of the Screw and Lucia in Britten's The Rape of Lucretia in the Aldeburgh Festival under Steuart Bedford's direction, Susanna in Mozart's Le Nozze di Figaro and Zerlina in Don Giovanni for the Glyndebourne Festival and Touring Operas.

Gritton became known as a reliable recording artist early in her career. On the Tring label she sang the soprano part in Górecki's Symphony No. 3 (Symphony of Sorrowful Songs), the part of Miss Wordsworth in the Collins Classics recording under Steuart Bedford of Britten's Albert Herring, a set of Holst songs for the same label, Vivaldi's Ottone in Villa on Chandos with Hickox conducting, several Purcell discs, sacred music of Handel and Handel's Deborah and Occasional Oratorio with the King's Consort on Hyperion, and, on Deutsche Grammophon, Handel's Solomon (as the Queen of Sheba) and Messiah as well as Beethoven's little-known Vesta's Feuer. Her first solo recital disc was a collection of songs by Fanny Mendelssohn-Hensel on Hyperion, and her first operatic lead was as Handel's Theodora with Paul McCreesh and the Gabrieli Consort & Players for Deutsche Grammophon's Archiv label. She also recorded the Purcell/Britten realizations on Hyperion with Graham Johnson.

For the 1999 - 2000 season she received a contract as a principal singer at the English National Opera. Her debuts in lead roles in that capacity were as Pamina in The Magic Flute and the title role in Janacek's The Cunning Little Vixen, as well as appearances as Drusilla in Monteverdi's The Coronation of Poppea and Hero in Berlioz's Beatrice et Benedict. Read less
Parry: 12 Sets of English Lyrics, Vol. 1 / Gritton, Gilchrist, Williams, West
Release Date: 01/08/2016   Label: Somm  
Catalog: 257   Number of Discs: 1
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  • 1.
    Handel: The Great Oratorios
    Label: Decca   Catalog: B002522302 Release Date: 07/29/2016   Number of Discs: 41
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel
    Performer:  David Thomas,  Carolyn Watkinson,  Patrizia Kwella,  Emma Kirkby  ... 
    Conductor:  Christopher Hogwood,  John Eliot Gardiner,  Trevor Pinnock,  Harry Christophers  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of Ancient Music,  English Baroque Soloists,  Westminster Cathedral Boys Choir  ... 
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    Parry: 12 Sets of English Lyrics, Vol. 1 / Gritton, Gilchrist, Williams, West
    Label: Somm   Catalog: 257 Release Date: 01/08/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Charles Hubert Parry
    Performer:  Susan Gritton,  Andrew West,  James Gilchrist,  Roderick Williams
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    The History of Classical Music in 24 Hours
    Label: Dg Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 002403602 Release Date: 11/13/2015   Number of Discs: 24
    Composer:  Anonymous,  Pérotin,  Guillaume de Machaut,  John Dunstable  ... 
    Performer:  Konrad Ragossnig,  Charles [Tenor Vocals] Daniels,  Susan Gritton,  Trevor Pinnock  ... 
    Conductor:  Pater Godehard Joppich,  David Munrow,  Josef Ulsamer,  Bruno Turner  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Early Music Consort of London,  Ulsamer-Collegium,  Hamburger Bläserkreis für Alte Musik  ... 
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    A Britten Collection [5-blu-ray Disc Set]
    Label: Opus Arte   Catalog: 7189 Release Date: 10/30/2015   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  Benjamin Britten
    Performer:  Christopher Purves,  Francesco Malvuccio,  Ida Falk Winland,  Peter Hoare  ... 
    Conductor:  Robin Ticciati,  Paul Daniel,  Mark Elder,  Edward Gardner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Milan Teatro alla Scala Orchestra,  Milan Teatro alla Scala Chorus,  English National Opera Orchestra  ... 
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    A Britten Collection [7-DVD Set]
    Label: Opus Arte   Catalog: 1198 Release Date: 10/30/2015   Number of Discs: 7
    Composer:  Benjamin Britten
    Performer:  Christopher Purves,  Francesco Malvuccio,  Ida Falk Winland,  Peter Hoare  ... 
    Conductor:  Robin Ticciati,  Paul Daniel,  Mark Elder,  Edward Gardner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Milan Teatro alla Scala Orchestra,  Milan Teatro alla Scala Chorus,  English National Opera Orchestra  ... 
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    Ian Bostridge: Autograph
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 552551 Release Date: 09/25/2015   Number of Discs: 7
    Composer:  Franz Schubert,  Robert Schumann,  Hugo Wolf,  Claudio Monteverdi  ... 
    Performer:  Ian [Tenor Vocals] Bostridge,  Julius Drake,  Antonio Pappano,  Patrizia Ciofi  ... 
    Conductor:  Emmanuelle Haďm,  Harry Bicket,  Sir Charles Mackerras,  William Christie  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Sacqueboutiers,  Le Concert D'Astrée,  Les Arts Florissants  ... 
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    Boccherini, d'Astorga: Stabat Mater / The King's Consort
    Label: Helios   Catalog: 55287 Release Date: 03/10/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Luigi Boccherini,  Emanuele D'Astorga
    Performer:  Paul Agnew,  Sarah Fox,  Susan Gritton,  Peter Harvey  ... 
    Conductor:  Robert King
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  King's Consort
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    The A-z Of Mozart Opera / Ian Page, Classical Opera
    Label: Signum U.k.   Catalog: 373 Release Date: 03/25/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Martene Grimson,  Allan Clayton,  Rebecca Bottone,  Matthew Rose  ... 
    Conductor:  Ian Page
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    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Requiem; Adagio & Fugue
    Label: Linn Records   Catalog: 211 Release Date: 02/25/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Timothy Robinson,  Susan Gritton,  Peter [Bass Vocal] Rose
    Conductor:  Sir Charles Mackerras
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  • 10.
    Choir of King's College Cambridge - 5 Classic Albums
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 940823 Release Date: 01/14/2014   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Antonio Vivaldi,  George Frideric Handel,  Gregorio Allegri  ... 
    Performer:  Jan Lochmann,  Richard Eteson,  Margaret Cameron,  James Gilchrist  ... 
    Conductor:  Stephen Cleobury
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge King's College Choir,  Academy of Ancient Music
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    Holst: Orchestral Works, Vol. 3 / Davis, BBC Symphony Orchestra & Chorus
    Label: Chandos   Catalog: 5127 Release Date: 10/29/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gustav Holst
    Performer:  Susan Gritton,  Caroline Harrison
    Conductor:  Sir Andrew Davis
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Symphony Orchestra,  BBC Symphony Chorus
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  • 12.
    Britten: War Requiem / Gritton, Ainsley, Mccreesh
    Label: Signum U.k.   Catalog: 340 Release Date: 09/24/2013   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Benjamin Britten
    Performer:  Susan Gritton,  Christopher Maltman,  John Mark Ainsley
    Conductor:  Paul McCreesh
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gabrieli Consort,  Gabrieli Players
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    Handel: Chandos Anthems / Gritton, Davies, Hobbs, Layton
    Label: Hyperion   Catalog: 67926 Release Date: 07/09/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel
    Performer:  Susan Gritton,  Thomas Hobbs,  Iestyn Davies
    Conductor:  Stephen Layton
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge Trinity College Choir,  Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment
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    Britten: Peter Grimes / Graham-Hall, Gritton, Ticciati
    Label: Opus Arte   Catalog: 1103 Release Date: 05/28/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Benjamin Britten
    Performer:  Christopher Gillett,  Daniel Okulitch,  Felicity Palmer,  Catherine Wyn-Rogers  ... 
    Conductor:  Robin Ticciati
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Milan Teatro alla Scala Chorus,  Milan Teatro alla Scala Orchestra
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    Britten: Peter Grimes / Graham-Hall, Gritton, Ticciati [blu-ray]
    Label: Opus Arte   Catalog: 7119 Release Date: 05/28/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Benjamin Britten
    Performer:  Christopher Purves,  Francesco Malvuccio,  Ida Falk Winland,  Peter Hoare  ... 
    Conductor:  Robin Ticciati
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Milan Teatro alla Scala Orchestra,  Milan Teatro alla Scala Chorus
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    Fanny Mendelssohn: Lieder / Susan Gritton, Eugene Asti
    Label: Helios   Catalog: 55360 Release Date: 04/09/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Fanny Mendelssohn-Hensel
    Performer:  Susan Gritton,  Eugene Asti
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    Label: Erato   Catalog: 26792 Release Date: 02/26/2013   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Benjamin Britten
    Performer:  Truls Otterbech Mork,  Lars Anders Tomter,  Elisabeth Söderström,  Thomas Allen  ... 
    Conductor:  Libor Pesek,  Simon Rattle,  Oliver Knussen,  Iona Brown  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Endymion Ensemble,  Aldeburgh Festival Ensemble
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    Britten: Rape Of Lucretia / Knussen, Kirchschlager, Gritton,  Bostridge
    Label: Erato   Catalog: 26722 Release Date: 02/05/2013   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Benjamin Britten
    Performer:  Peter Coleman-Wright,  Angelika Kirchschlager,  Ian Bostridge,  Susan Gritton  ... 
    Conductor:  Oliver Knussen
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Aldeburgh Festival Ensemble
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    Handel: English Arias / James Bowman
    Label: Helios   Catalog: 55419 Release Date: 01/08/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel
    Performer:  James Bowman,  Susan Gritton
    Conductor:  Robert King
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  King's Consort
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  • 20.
    Anniversary Series - Art Song Collection
    Label: Signum U.k.   Catalog: 303 Release Date: 11/27/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ralph Vaughan Williams,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Francis Poulenc,  Alec Roth  ... 
    Performer:  Simon Crawford-Phillips,  Andrew Kennedy,  Roderick Williams,  Iain Burnside  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dante Quartet
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  • 21.
    Gorecki: Symphony no 3, Three Pieces in Old Style / Gritton, Simonov
    Label: Musical Concepts   Catalog: 1204 Release Date: 11/27/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Henryk Mikolaj Górecki
    Performer:  Susan Gritton
    Conductor:  Yuri Simonov
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 22.
    The Longed-for Light: Elgar's Music In Wartime
    Label: Somm   Catalog: 247 Release Date: 11/13/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sir Edward Elgar
    Performer:  Susan Gritton
    Conductor:  John Wilson
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  • 23.
    Mozart: Coronation Mass, Missa Brevis / Nethsingha, Gritton, Challenger, St. John's College Choir
    Label: Chandos   Catalog: 786 Release Date: 03/27/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Susan Gritton,  Frances Bourne,  Sam Furness,  George Humphreys  ... 
    Conductor:  Andrew Nethsingha
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge St. John's College Choir,  St John's Sinfonia
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  • 24.
    Brian: Symphony No. 1
    Label: Hyperion   Catalog: 67971 Release Date: 12/13/2011   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Havergal Brian
    Performer:  Peter Auty,  Christine Rice,  Susan Gritton,  Alastair Miles  ... 
    Conductor:  Martyn Brabbins
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Chorus,  Brighton Festival Chorus,  Huddersfield Choral Society  ... 
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  • 25.
    Lumieres - Music Of The Enlightenment [30-CD Set]
    Label: Harmonia Mundi   Catalog: 2908601 Release Date: 10/01/2011   Number of Discs: 30
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Christoph W. Gluck,  Jean-Philippe Rameau,  George Frideric Handel  ... 
    Performer:  Kobie van Rensburg,  Véronique Gens,  Patrizia Ciofi,  Marie McLaughlin  ... 
    Conductor:  René Jacobs,  William Christie,  Daniel Reuss,  Philippe Herreweghe  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concerto Cologne,  Cologne Collegium Vocale,  Berlin RIAS Chamber Chorus  ... 
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