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
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  • 76.
    Vivaldi: Sacred Music Vol 6 /King, Gritton, Stutzmann, Et Al
    Label: Hyperion   Catalog: 66809 Release Date: 12/12/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Nathalie Stutzmann,  Susan Gritton,  Alexandra Gibson,  Hilary Summers
    Conductor:  Robert King
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  King's Consort
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  • 77.
    Handel: Theodora / Mccreesh, Gritton, Bickley, Blaze, Et Al
    Label: Archiv Produktion (Dg)   Catalog: 469061 Release Date: 09/12/2000   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel
    Performer:  Susan Gritton,  Susan Bickley,  Robin Blaze,  Paul Agnew  ... 
    Conductor:  Paul McCreesh
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gabrieli Consort,  Gabrieli Players
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  • 78.
    Bach: Magnificat, Etc / Choir Of King's College, Et Al
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 56994 Release Date: 06/27/2000   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Stephen Cleobury,  Michael George,  Ian Bostridge,  Michael Chance  ... 
    Conductor:  Stephen Cleobury
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge King's College Choir,  Academy of Ancient Music
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  • 79.
    Handel: Israel In Egypt / Bostridge, Chance, Cleobury, Et Al
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 452295 Release Date: 06/13/2000   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel
    Performer:  Stephen Varcoe,  Libby Crabtree,  Robert Ogden,  Angela East  ... 
    Conductor:  Stephen Cleobury
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Brandenburg Consort,  Cambridge King's College Choir
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  • 80.
    Britten: Paul Bunyan / Hickox, Cranham, Gritton, Et Al
    Label: Chandos   Catalog: 9781 Release Date: 01/11/2000   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Benjamin Britten
    Performer:  Graeme Broadbent,  Francis Egerton,  Jeremy White,  Roderick Earle  ... 
    Conductor:  Richard Hickox
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra,  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Chorus
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  • 81.
    Weckmann: Sacred Concerti And Harpsichord Music
    Label: Chandos   Catalog: 646 Release Date: 11/30/1999   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Matthias Weckmann
    Performer:  Robert Woolley,  Stephen Varcoe,  Paul Agnew,  Julian Podger  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Purcell Quartet
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  • 82.
    Handel: L'allegro Il Peseroso Ed Il Moderato / King, Et Al
    Label: Hyperion   Catalog: 67283/4 Release Date: 10/12/1999   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel
    Performer:  Neal Davies,  Susan Gritton,  Lorna Anderson,  Claron McFadden  ... 
    Conductor:  Robert King
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  King's Consort
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  • 83.
    Shakespeare at Covent Garden / Musicians of the Globe
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 456506 Release Date: 08/10/1999   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Henry Bishop
    Performer:  Joanne Lunn,  Rachel Elliott,  Mark Tucker,  Christopher Robson  ... 
    Conductor:  Philip Pickett
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Musicians of the Globe
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  • 84.
    Handel: Solomon / McCreesh, Scholl, Gabrieli Consort
    Label: Archiv Produktion (Dg)   Catalog: 459688 Release Date: 07/20/1999   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel
    Performer:  Inger Dam-Jensen,  Alison Hagley,  Susan Bickley,  Paul Agnew  ... 
    Conductor:  Paul McCreesh
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gabrieli Consort,  Gabrieli Players
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  • 85.
    Bach: Lutheran Masses Vol 1 / Gritton, Blaze, Harvey, Et Al
    Label: Chandos   Catalog: 642 Release Date: 06/22/1999   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Peter Harvey,  Robin Blaze,  Susan Gritton,  Mark Padmore
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Purcell Quartet
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  • 86.
    Haydn: Nelson Mass, Etc / Hickox, Collegium Musicum 90
    Label: Chandos   Catalog: 640 Release Date: 06/22/1999   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Joseph Haydn
    Performer:  Mark Padmore,  Susan Gritton,  Pamela Helen Stephen,  Stephen Varcoe
    Conductor:  Richard Hickox
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Collegium Musicum 90
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  • 87.
    Vivaldi: Sacred Music Vol 5 / King, King's Consort
    Label: Hyperion   Catalog: 66799 Release Date: 02/09/1999   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Jean Rigby,  Charles Daniels,  Neal Davies,  Susan Gritton  ... 
    Conductor:  Robert King
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  King's Consort
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  • 88.
    Per La Notte Di Natale / Standage, Collegium Musicum 90
    Label: Chandos   Catalog: 634 Release Date: 11/17/1998   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Georg Philipp Telemann,  Arcangelo Corelli,  Antonio Vivaldi,  Alessandro Scarlatti  ... 
    Performer:  Susan Gritton
    Conductor:  Simon Standage
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Collegium Musicum 90
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  • 89.
    Grainger Edition Vol 9 - Works For Chorus And Orchestra 3
    Label: Chandos   Catalog: 9653 Release Date: 10/20/1998   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Percy Aldridge Grainger
    Performer:  Stephen Varcoe,  Mark Tucker,  Ian Watson,  Pamela Helen Stephen  ... 
    Conductor:  Richard Hickox
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  City of London Sinfonia,  Joyful Company of Singers
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  • 90.
    Vaughan Williams: The Pilgrim's Progress / Hickox, Et Al
    Label: Chandos   Catalog: 9625 Release Date: 05/19/1998   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Ralph Vaughan Williams
    Performer:  Roderick Williams,  Peter Coleman-Wright,  Donaldson Bell,  Richard Coxon  ... 
    Conductor:  Richard Hickox
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Chorus,  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra
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  • 91.
    Vivaldi: Ottone In Villa / Hickox, Argento, Gritton, Et Al
    Label: Chandos   Catalog: 614 Release Date: 03/17/1998   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Nancy Argenta,  Susan Gritton,  Monica Groop,  Sophie Daneman  ... 
    Conductor:  Richard Hickox
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Collegium Musicum 90
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  • 92.
    Complete Beethoven Edition Vol 3 - Music For The Stage
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 453713 Release Date: 10/14/1997   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  Susan Gritton,  Gerald Finley,  David Kuebler,  Robin Leggate  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Andrew Davis,  Neeme Järvi,  Erich Keller,  Myung-Whun Chung  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Symphony Orchestra,  BBC Singers,  Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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  • 93.
    Vivaldi: Sacred Music Vol 3 / King, King's Consort
    Label: Hyperion   Catalog: 66789 Release Date: 05/09/1997   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Susan Gritton,  Catrin Wyn-Davies,  Catherine Denley,  Michael George  ... 
    Conductor:  Robert King
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  King's Consort
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  • 94.
    Haydn: Creation Mass, Etc / Hickox, Collegium Musicum 90
    Label: Chandos   Catalog: 599 Release Date: 11/19/1996   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Joseph Haydn
    Performer:  Stephen Varcoe,  Pamela Helen Stephen,  Susan Gritton,  Mark Padmore
    Conductor:  Richard Hickox
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Collegium Musicum 90 Choir,  Collegium Musicum 90
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  • 95.
    Britten: Christ's Nativity / Layton, Gritton, Wyn-Rogers
    Label: Hyperion   Catalog: 66825 Release Date: 11/21/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Benjamin Britten
    Performer:  David Goode,  Catherine Wyn-Rogers,  Susan Gritton
    Conductor:  Stephen Layton
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Holst Singers,  St. Paul's Cathedral Choir
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  • 96.
    Handel: The Occasional Oratorio / King, King's Consort
    Label: Hyperion   Catalog: 66961/2 Release Date: 05/23/1995   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel
    Performer:  John Mark Ainsley,  James Bowman,  Susan Gritton,  Lisa Milne  ... 
    Conductor:  Robert King
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Oxford New College Choir,  King's Consort
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  • 97.
    Vivaldi: Sacred Music Vol 1 / King, King's Consort
    Label: Hyperion   Catalog: 66769 Release Date: 05/23/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Lynton Atkinson,  Catherine Denley,  Lisa Milne,  Susan Gritton  ... 
    Conductor:  Robert King
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  King's Consort
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  • 98.
    Essential Purcell / Robert King, The King's Consort
    Label: Hyperion   Catalog: 2 Release Date: 04/10/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Henry Purcell
    Performer:  James Bowman,  Michael George,  John Mark Ainsley,  Rogers Covey-Crump  ... 
    Conductor:  Robert King
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Oxford New College Choir,  King's Consort
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  • 99.
    Purcell: Secular Songs Vol 3 / King, Bonney, Gritton, Et Al
    Label: Hyperion   Catalog: 66730 Release Date: 10/25/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Henry Purcell
    Performer:  Rogers Covey-Crump,  Michael George,  James Bowman,  Charles Daniels  ... 
    Conductor:  Robert King
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  King's Consort
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  • 100.
    The Secular Songs Of Henry Purcell Vol 2 / King's Consort
    Label: Hyperion   Catalog: 66720 Release Date: 06/14/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Henry Purcell
    Performer:  Susan Gritton,  Charles Daniels,  Barbara Bonney,  Michael George  ... 
    Conductor:  Robert King
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  King's Consort
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