Thursday, September 4, 2014

Internationally acclaimed mezzo-soprano SUSANNE MENTZER receives a Special Judges' Citation from The American Prize

The American Prize in Vocal Performance
Friedrich & Virginia Schorr Memorial Award
"Championing the Songs of Carlisle Floyd"
SUSANNE MENTZER, mezzo-soprano

Susanne Mentzer
Among judges' comments: "First, one must praise the disc for the performer. Ms. Mentzer sings Carlisle Floyd's settings of the poems of Emily Dickinson with such depth of feeling, variety of tone color and expression, and with such a clear understanding of the nuance available to her in the studio, the disc is practically a masterclass in the art of the recorded song. Next of course, are the songs themselves. Floyd, the master of the opera stage, brings a dramatist's ear to Dickinson's heartfelt stanzas, adding a theatrical passion and intensity wholly appropriate...these are wonderful songs to have..." 



American mezzo-soprano Susanne Mentzer has an international operatic, concert, chamber music and recital career of over thirty years. She has appeared on four continents at nearly every great opera house and orchestra, and at the Metropolitan Opera since 1989.  Susanne is also a proponent of song, chamber music and new music and debuted 2 song cycles by Libby Larsen. Susanne produced and sings on a world premiere recording of songs by Carlisle Floyd on GPR Records entitled “Letter to the World” which she funded via kickstarter. Her discography includes over 25 CDs and DVDs of opera and oratorio and song. Susanne contributes regularly to the Huffington Post. Her outspokenness about vocal health has earned her the VERA Award 2013 (Voice Education Research Awareness) from The Voice Foundation. She teaches privately in the San Francisco area after twelve years in academia at DePaul University and Rice University. Read more at

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