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
Gorecki: Symphony No 3, Three Pieces in Old Style / Gritton, Simonov
Release Date: 05/11/2010   Label: Royal Philharmonic Masterworks  
Catalog: 28260   Number of Discs: 1
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  • 51.
    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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  • 52.
    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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  • 53.
    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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  • 54.
    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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  • 55.
    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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  • 56.
    English Song / Langridge, Lott, Keenleyside, Et Al
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8557559-60 Release Date: 03/22/2005   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Benjamin Britten,  Lennox Berkeley,  Sir William Walton,  Peter Warlock  ... 
    Performer:  Steuart Bedford,  Della Jones,  Philip Langridge,  Felicity Lott  ... 
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  • 57.
    Hummel: Mass, Etc / Richard Hickox, Et Al
    Label: Chandos   Catalog: 712 Release Date: 11/23/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Nepomuk Hummel
    Performer:  Ann Murray,  Susan Gritton,  James Gilchrist,  Stephen Varcoe
    Conductor:  Richard Hickox
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Collegium Musicum 90
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  • 58.
    Medtner: Goethe Lieder / Susan Gritton, Geoffrey Tozer
    Label: Chandos   Catalog: 10093 Release Date: 04/27/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Nikolai Medtner
    Performer:  Geoffrey Tozer,  Susan Gritton
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  • 59.
    Handel: Saul / Scholl, Padmore, McCreesh
    Label: Archiv Produktion (Dg)   Catalog: 000209802 Release Date: 04/13/2004   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel
    Performer:  Mark Padmore,  Susan Gritton,  Nancy Argenta,  Paul Agnew  ... 
    Conductor:  Paul McCreesh
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gabrieli Consort,  Gabrieli Players
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  • 60.
    Purcell: Complete Secular Solo Songs / King's Consort, Et Al
    Label: Hyperion   Catalog: 44161/3 Release Date: 01/13/2004   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Henry Purcell
    Performer:  Barbara Bonney,  Susan Gritton,  Michael George,  Charles Daniels  ... 
    Conductor:  Robert King
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  King's Consort
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  • 61.
    English Song Series 6 - Holst: Vedic Hymns, Songs, Etc
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8557117 Release Date: 12/02/2003   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gustav Holst
    Performer:  Steuart Bedford,  Christopher Maltman,  Susan Gritton,  Philip Langridge  ... 
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  • 62.
    Berlioz - Edition Du Bicentenaire / Colin Davis, London So
    Label: Lso Live   Catalog: 46 Release Date: 10/14/2003   Number of Discs: 12
    Composer:  Hector Berlioz
    Performer:  Tabea Zimmermann,  Daniela Barcellona,  Kenneth Tarver,  Orlin Anastassov  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Colin Davis
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra,  London Symphony Chorus
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  • 63.
    Britten: Albert Herring / Bedford, Et Al
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8660107-08 Release Date: 03/18/2003   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Benjamin Britten
    Performer:  Josephine Barstow,  Felicity Palmer,  Robert Lloyd,  Peter Savidge  ... 
    Conductor:  Steuart Bedford
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Northern Sinfonia
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  • 64.
    Hummel: Masses Op 111 & Op 77, Alma Virgo / Hickox, Gritton
    Label: Chandos   Catalog: 681 Release Date: 01/21/2003   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Nepomuk Hummel
    Performer:  Susan Gritton
    Conductor:  Richard Hickox
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Collegium Musicum 90 Choir,  Collegium Musicum 90
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  • 65.
    Mozart: Requiem / Mackerras, Scottish Chamber Orchestra
    Label: Linn Records   Catalog: 211 Release Date: 01/01/2003   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Susan Gritton,  Catherine Wyn-Rogers,  Timothy Robinson,  Peter [bass voice] Rose
    Conductor:  Sir Charles Mackerras
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Scottish Chamber Chorus,  Scottish Chamber Orchestra
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  • 66.
    Purcell: Complete Sacred Music / King, King's Consort, Et Al
    Label: Hyperion   Catalog: 44141/51 Release Date: 12/10/2002   Number of Discs: 11
    Composer:  Henry Purcell,  Traditional
    Performer:  Michael George,  Lynne Dawson,  Charles Daniels,  Susan Gritton  ... 
    Conductor:  Robert King
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  King's Consort,  Oxford New College Choir
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  • 67.
    Berlioz. Beatrice & Benedict. E.shkosa, K.tarver, Lso, C.dav
    Label: Lso Live   Catalog: 4 Release Date: 07/09/2002   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Hector Berlioz
    Performer:  Susan Gritton,  Laurent Naouri,  Enkelejda Shkosa,  Kenneth Tarver  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Colin Davis
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Chorus,  London Symphony Orchestra
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  • 68.
    Haydn: Grosse Orgelmesse, Missa Cellensis / Hickox, Gritton
    Label: Chandos   Catalog: 674 Release Date: 06/25/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Joseph Haydn
    Performer:  Mark Padmore,  Louise Winter,  Stephen Varcoe,  Susan Gritton  ... 
    Conductor:  Richard Hickox
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Collegium Musicum 90 Choir,  Collegium Musicum 90
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  • 69.
    Opera In English - Verdi: Falstaff / Daniel, Gritton, Et Al
    Label: Chandos   Catalog: 3079 Release Date: 05/21/2002   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi
    Performer:  Clive Bayley,  Alice Coote,  Rebecca De Pont Davies,  Barry Banks  ... 
    Conductor:  Paul Daniel
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  English National Opera Orchestra,  English National Opera Chorus
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  • 70.
    Handel: The Choice Of Hercules / King, Gritton, Blaze, Et Al
    Label: Hyperion   Catalog: 67298 Release Date: 05/14/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel
    Performer:  Robin Blaze,  Susan Gritton,  Alice Coote,  Charles Daniels
    Conductor:  Robert King
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  King's Consort
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  • 71.
    Opera In English - Verdi: Aida / Parry, Eaglen, Miles, Et Al
    Label: Chandos   Catalog: 3074 Release Date: 02/26/2002   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi
    Performer:  Dennis O'Neill,  Susan Gritton,  Gregory Yurisich,  Alastair Miles  ... 
    Conductor:  David Parry
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Geoffrey Mitchell Choir,  Philharmonia Orchestra
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  • 72.
    Handel: Coronation Anthems, Ode / Cleobury, Gritton, Et Al
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 57140 Release Date: 10/09/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel
    Performer:  Susan Gritton,  Robin Blaze,  Michael George,  David Blackadder
    Conductor:  Stephen Cleobury
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge King's College Choir,  Academy of Ancient Music
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  • 73.
    Vaughan Williams: Sir John In Love / Hickox, Varcoe, Et Al
    Label: Chandos   Catalog: 9928 Release Date: 07/24/2001   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Ralph Vaughan Williams
    Performer:  Adrian Thompson,  Susan Gritton,  Henry Moss,  Stephan Loges  ... 
    Conductor:  Richard Hickox
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Northern Sinfonia,  Sinfonia Chorus
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  • 74.
    Haydn: Missa Cellensis, Missa Sunt Bona Mixta Malis / Hickox
    Label: Chandos   Catalog: 667 Release Date: 06/26/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Joseph Haydn
    Performer:  Pamela Helen Stephen,  Mark Padmore,  Susan Gritton,  Stephen Varcoe
    Conductor:  Richard Hickox
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Collegium Musicum 90
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  • 75.
    Mendelssohn: Paulus, Op 36 / Hickox, Gritton, Et Al
    Label: Chandos   Catalog: 9882 Release Date: 03/27/2001   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Felix Mendelssohn
    Performer:  Susan Gritton,  Jean Rigby,  Barry Banks,  Peter Coleman-Wright
    Conductor:  Richard Hickox
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC National Orchestra of Wales,  BBC Welsh Chorus
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