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
Haydn: Grosse Orgelmesse, Missa Cellensis / Hickox, Gritton
Release Date: 06/25/2002   Label: Chandos  
Catalog: 674   Number of Discs: 1
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Bach: Lutheran Masses Vol 1 / Gritton, Blaze, Harvey, Et Al
Release Date: 06/22/1999   Label: Chandos  
Catalog: 642   Number of Discs: 1
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Vivaldi: Ottone In Villa / Hickox, Argento, Gritton, Et Al
Release Date: 03/17/1998   Label: Chandos  
Catalog: 614   Number of Discs: 2
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Britten: Paul Bunyan / Hickox, Cranham, Gritton, Et Al
Release Date: 01/11/2000   Label: Chandos  
Catalog: 9781   Number of Discs: 2
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Mendelssohn: Paulus / Hickox, Gritton, Rigby, Banks, Coleman-Wright, BBC NO Of Wales
Release Date: 04/28/2009   Label: Chandos  
Catalog: 10516   Number of Discs: 2
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    Rossini, Mozart, Beethoven / London Chamber Orchestra
    Label: Signum U.k.   Catalog: 201 Release Date: 06/29/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Gioachino Rossini
    Performer:  Susan Gritton
    Conductor:  Christopher Warren-Green
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Chamber Orchestra
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  • 27.
    Gorecki: Symphony No 3, Three Pieces in Old Style / Gritton, Simonov
    Label: Royal Philharmonic Masterworks   Catalog: 28260 Release Date: 05/11/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Henryk Mikolaj Górecki
    Performer:  Susan Gritton
    Conductor:  Yuri Simonov
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 28.
    Susan Gritton Sings Britten, Finzi, Delius
    Label: Chandos   Catalog: 10590 Release Date: 04/27/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frederick Delius,  Benjamin Britten,  Gerald Finzi
    Performer:  Susan Gritton
    Conductor:  Edward Gardner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Symphony Orchestra
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  • 29.
    Within A Dream - A Celebration Of The Artistry Of Richard Hickox
    Label: Chandos   Catalog: 10568 Release Date: 10/27/2009   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Frank Bridge,  Benjamin Britten,  Ralph Vaughan Williams,  Felix Mendelssohn  ... 
    Performer:  James Gilchrist,  Pamela Helen Stephen,  Roderick Williams,  Bruce Martin  ... 
    Conductor:  Richard Hickox
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC National Orchestra of Wales,  City of London Sinfonia,  London Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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  • 30.
    Her Song - Orchestral Songs And Arias / Susan Gritton, Martyn Brabbins, Bbc Concert Orchestra
    Label: Dutton Laboratories/Vocalion   Catalog: 7228 Release Date: 09/08/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sir Edward Elgar,  Eric Gritton,  Charles Hubert Parry,  John Sanders  ... 
    Performer:  Susan Gritton,  Cynthia Fleming
    Conductor:  Martyn Brabbins
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Concert Orchestra
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  • 31.
    Mendelssohn: Paulus / Hickox, Gritton, Rigby, Banks, Coleman-Wright, BBC NO Of Wales
    Label: Chandos   Catalog: 10516 Release Date: 04/28/2009   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Felix Mendelssohn
    Performer:  Peter Coleman-Wright,  Jean Rigby,  Barry Banks,  Susan Gritton
    Conductor:  Richard Hickox
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC National Orchestra of Wales,  BBC Welsh Chorus
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  • 32.
    Handel Gold - Bartoli, Fleming, Kozena, Terfel, Villazon, Te Kanawa, Sutherland, Et Al
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001280102 Release Date: 04/14/2009   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel
    Performer:  Dame Kiri Te Kanawa,  Crispian Steele-Perkins,  Cecilia Bartoli,  Placido Domingo  ... 
    Conductor:  Barry Rose,  Marc Minkowski,  Marcello Viotti,  Richard Bonynge  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra,  Les Musiciens du Louvre,  Verdi Grand Symphonic Orchestra Milan  ... 
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  • 33.
    Christmas Concertos & Cantatas / Standage, Collegium Musicum 90
    Label: Chandos   Catalog: 754 Release Date: 09/30/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Georg Philipp Telemann,  Antonio Vivaldi,  Alessandro Scarlatti,  Francesco Manfredini  ... 
    Performer:  Susan Gritton
    Conductor:  Simon Standage
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Collegium Musicum 90
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  • 34.
    Gibbs: Odysseus; Dyson: Four Songs For Sailors / Drummond, Gritton, Stone
    Label: Dutton Laboratories/Vocalion   Catalog: 7201 Release Date: 07/08/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Cecil Armstrong Gibbs,  George Dyson
    Performer:  Susan Gritton,  Mark Stone
    Conductor:  David Drummond
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Concert Orchestra,  London Oriana Choir
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  • 35.
    Britten Abroad / Gritton, Padmore, Burnside
    Label: Signum U.k.   Catalog: 122 Release Date: 06/24/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Benjamin Britten
    Performer:  Mark Padmore,  Susan Gritton,  Iain Burnside
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  • 36.
    Schubert: Mass In E Flat / Hickox, Collegium Musicum 90
    Label: Chandos   Catalog: 750 Release Date: 04/29/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Schubert
    Performer:  Matthew Rose,  Susan Gritton,  Pamela Helen Stephen,  Mark Padmore  ... 
    Conductor:  Richard Hickox
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Collegium Musicum 90
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  • 37.
    Handel: Messiah / Davis, Gritton, Mingardo, Padmore, Et Al
    Label: Lso Live   Catalog: 607 Release Date: 10/09/2007   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel
    Performer:  Mark Padmore,  Susan Gritton,  Alastair Miles,  Sara Mingardo
    Conductor:  Sir Colin Davis
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Tenebrae,  London Symphony Orchestra
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  • 38.
    Vaughan Williams: A Sea Symphony, Wasps Overture / Hickox, London Symphony & Chorus
    Label: Chandos   Catalog: 5047 Release Date: 03/27/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ralph Vaughan Williams
    Performer:  Susan Gritton,  Gerald Finley
    Conductor:  Richard Hickox
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Chorus,  London Symphony Orchestra
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  • 39.
    Elgar: The Spirit of England / Lloyd-Jones, BBC SO
    Label: Dutton Laboratories/Vocalion   Catalog: 7172 Release Date: 03/20/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frederick Septimus Kelly,  Lillian Elkington,  Charles Hubert Parry,  Sir Edward Elgar  ... 
    Performer:  Susan Gritton,  Andrew Kennedy
    Conductor:  David Lloyd-Jones
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Symphony Orchestra,  BBC Symphony Chorus
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  • 40.
    Haydn: The Complete Mass Edition / Hickox, Et Al
    Label: Chandos   Catalog: 734 Release Date: 02/13/2007   Number of Discs: 8
    Composer:  Franz Joseph Haydn
    Performer:  Janice Watson,  Pamela Helen Stephen,  Susan Gritton,  Stephen Varcoe  ... 
    Conductor:  Richard Hickox
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Collegium Musicum 90,  Collegium Musicum 90 Choir
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  • 41.
    Howells: Choral Works / Spicer, Bicket, Et Al
    Label: Chandos   Catalog: 24134 Release Date: 07/25/2006   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Herbert Howells
    Performer:  Andrew Wickens,  Sophie Daneman,  Carys-Anne Lane,  Andrew Lumsden  ... 
    Conductor:  Paul Spicer
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Finzi Singers
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  • 42.
    Britten: Purcell Realizations / Lott, Gritton, Walker, Et Al
    Label: Hyperion Dyad   Catalog: 22058 Release Date: 07/11/2006   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Henry Purcell
    Performer:  James Bowman,  Graham Johnson,  Felicity Lott,  John Mark Ainsley  ... 
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  • 43.
    Enchantment / Magdalena Kozená
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 000657612 Release Date: 05/09/2006   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Jean-Philippe Rameau,  Johann Christoph Bach,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Josef Myslivecek  ... 
    Performer:  Magdalena Kozená,  Barbara Maria Willi,  Claire Delgado-Boge,  Edwige Parat  ... 
    Conductor:  Marc Minkowski,  Reinhard Goebel,  Paul McCreesh,  Michel Swierczewski  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Musiciens du Louvre,  Musica Antiqua Cologne,  Gabrieli Players  ... 
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  • 44.
    Hyperion Schubert Edition - Songs by Schubert's Friends & Contemporaries
    Label: Hyperion   Catalog: 33051 Release Date: 04/11/2006   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Franz Liszt,  Ferdinand Hiller,  Robert Schumann,  Felix Mendelssohn  ... 
    Performer:  Mark Padmore,  Graham Johnson,  Susan Gritton,  Ann Murray  ... 
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  • 45.
    Hummel: Mass In D Minor, Etc / Hickox, Gritton, Et Al
    Label: Chandos   Catalog: 724 Release Date: 11/22/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Nepomuk Hummel
    Performer:  Mark Padmore,  Rachel Nicholls,  Stephen Varcoe,  Susan Gritton  ... 
    Conductor:  Richard Hickox
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Collegium Musicum 90
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  • 46.
    Opera In English - Smetana: The Bartered Bride / Mackerras
    Label: Chandos   Catalog: 3128 Release Date: 11/22/2005   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Bedrich Smetana
    Performer:  Paul Charles Clarke,  Neal Davies,  Geoffrey Moses,  Yvette Bonner  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Charles Mackerras
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra,  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Chorus
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  • 47.
    Schubert: The Complete Songs
    Label: Hyperion   Catalog: 44201/40 Release Date: 11/08/2005   Number of Discs: 40
    Composer:  Franz Schubert,  Carl Maria von Weber,  Gioachino Rossini,  Ludwig Berger  ... 
    Performer:  Graham Johnson,  Brigitte Fassbaender,  Christine Schäfer,  Michael George  ... 
    Conductor:  Stephen Layton
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Holst Singers,  London Schubert Chorale,  New Company Singers
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  • 48.
    Vivaldi: The Complete Sacred Music / King, King's Consort
    Label: Hyperion   Catalog: 44171 Release Date: 11/08/2005   Number of Discs: 11
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi,  Giovanni Maria Ruggieri
    Performer:  Carolyn Sampson,  Robert Evans,  Daniel Auchincloss,  Cecilia Osmond  ... 
    Conductor:  Robert King
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  King's Consort
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  • 49.
    Bayerische Staatsoper 1997-2005 Live / Mehta, Bolton, Et Al
    Label: Farao   Catalog: 108023 Release Date: 09/27/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Claudio Monteverdi,  Richard Wagner,  Giuseppe Verdi,  George Frideric Handel  ... 
    Performer:  David Daniels,  Peter Seiffert,  Waltraud Meier,  Martin Gantner  ... 
    Conductor:  Ivor Bolton,  Zubin Mehta
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bavarian State Opera Orchestra,  Bavarian State Orchestra
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    Gluck: Paride ed Elena / McCreesh, Kozená, Gritton
    Label: Archiv Produktion (Dg)   Catalog: 000449502 Release Date: 06/14/2005   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Christoph W. Gluck
    Performer:  Magdalena Kozená,  Susan Gritton,  Carolyn Sampson,  Gillian Webster
    Conductor:  Paul McCreesh
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gabrieli Consort,  Gabrieli Players
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