Susanne Schimmack

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Susanne Schimmack is an American-trained mezzo-soprano of German birth who began her career in the last years of the twentieth century. She won a scholarship from the Orange Country (California) Philharmonic…
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Susanne Schimmack is an American-trained mezzo-soprano of German birth who began her career in the last years of the twentieth century.

She won a scholarship from the Orange Country (California) Philharmonic Society to study at the University of California and went on to take master classes from Christa Ludwig, Itleana Cotrubas, and Jane Henschel. She made her debut as Rossweise (one of the eight Valkyries) in Wagner's Die Walküre at the Arizona Opera in 1994.

She entered several international competitions. After winning some of them she got a contract as a soloist with the Dortmund Opera House in Germany. Her debut appearance there was as Erda in a production of Wagner's Ring Operas (the character appears in Rheingold and Siegfried. While under contract to Dortmund she made guest appearances in Frankfurt, Kassel, Mannheim, Bonn, Wuppertal, Trier, several European festivals, and the Pacific Opera and a return to the Arizona Opera.

By the time she left Dortmund, she had gained considerable experience and was singing leading parts such as the title roles in Goldmark's The Queen of Sheba and Roussel's Padmavati and Cassandra in Berlioz's Les Troyens. At the end of the 1996-1997 season, the Friends of the Opera in Dortmund awarded her their "Bajazzo Prize." She was also seen on television in German on West German Radio and North German Radio, and was chosen to represent that country in the 1996 Cardiff Singer of the World competition.

In 1998, Schimmack joined the Royal Danish Opera in Copenhagen. Her roles there include Mary in The Flying Dutchman, Mistress Quickly in Falstaff, Grandmother Buryjova in Jenufa, Annina in Der Rosenkavalier, and Marcellina in The Marriage of Figaro and she was scheduled to sing Waltraute in Götterdämmerung and Emilia in Otello at the Théâtre Royal de la Monnaie in Brussels. She has participated in a recording of Massenet's Manon for EMI.