Suzanne Kompass – Soprano
Suzanne Kompass is an extraordinarily versatile performer whose talent encompasses all genres of music with equal facility, whether opera, operetta, art song or the classics of Broadway.
Her operatic repertoire is extensive and includes the roles of Susanna (LE NOZZE DI FIGARO) Marguerite (FAUST) Manon (MANON) Pamina (DIE ZAUBERFLŐTE) Linda (LINDA DI CHAMOUNIX) Norina (DON PASQUALE) Rosina (IL BARBIERE DI SIVIGLIA) Lisa (COUNTESS MARITZA) Anna (MERRY WIDOW) Lisa (LAND OF SMILES) Mimi (LA BOHEME) Violetta (LA TRAVIATA) Lucy (THE TELEPHONE, or L’AMOUR À TROIS) and Gabriella (LA VIE PARISIENNE).
In oratorio and symphonic repertoire, her performances have included; Bach’s ST. JOHN PASSION, B MINOR MASS, MAGNIFICAT and CHRISTMAS ORATORIO, Beethoven’s 9THSYMPHONY, Bernstein’s MASS, Bizet’s TE DEUM, Brahms’ REQUIEM, Dvorak’s MASS IN D, Elgar’s CORONATION ODE, Faure’s REQUIEM, Handel’s MESSIAH and ISRAEL IN EGYPT, Haydn’s THE CREATION, MASS TO ST. THERESA, CORONATION MASS, MASS IN TIME OF WAR and NELSON MASS, Mozart’s REQUIEM and SOLEMN VESPERS, Schubert’s MASS IN G and MASS IN A MAJOR, Vaughan Williams’ SEA SYMPHONY & SERENADE TO MUSIC and Vivaldi’s GLORIA among many others.
Ms. Kompass has participated as guest soloist in many music festivals, including the Spoleto Festival’s of Charleston (South Carolina) Spoleto (Italy) and the Huntsville Festival, Canada. Her engagements in the U.S.A. & Canada have included concerts with the New York Philharmonic, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Westminster Festival Orchestra, Toronto Symphony, Vancouver Symphony, New Jersey Symphony, Pennsylvania Sinfonia Orchestra, the Trillium Series and the Naples Philharmonic.
She has worked with luminary conductors such as Zubin Mehta, Carlo Maria Guilini, Robert Shaw, Erich Kunzel, Joseph Flummerfelt, Martin Katz, Gian Carlo Menotti, Christian Badea,Riccardo Muti, Daniel Barenboim and Elmer Iseler.
She has collaborated with leading composers including Gian Carlo Menotti, Peter Schickele, Jack Behrens, Sean O’Boyle and has performed in new music concerts with the music of John Cage, Albert Fischer and Olivier Messiaen.
Concerts engagements have included: BROADWAY CELEBRATION’S CONCERT SERIES with Erich Kunzel. A BROADWAY CELEBRATION with the Naples Philharmonic of Florida.THE MERRY WIDOW and LAND OF SMILES with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra. AN EVENING IN VIENNA concert tour with Okanagan Symphony. Handel’s ISRAEL IN EGYPTwith Mississauga Choral Society. the role of Marie in Albert Lortzing’s. ZAR UND ZIMMERMAN with opera in Concert. VIENNA TO BROADWAY with Windsor Symphony.VIENNA NIGHT with Oshawa Symphony. A GILBERT AND SULLIVAN CELLEBRATION with Oakville Symphony. FROM OPERA TO BROADWAY with North York Symphony. AN EVENING OF OPERA with Prince George Symphony. The title role in Emilio Arrieta’s MARINA (in Spanish) with Opera in Concert. Haydn’s THE CREATION with Toronto Classical Singers. OPERA MAGIC with Centuries Opera & Opera York, Bethlehem Bach Festival & Musikfest BACH MAGNIFICAT & B MINOR MASS. A CONCERT OF SONG with Festival of Sound, Brahms’ REQUIEM with Oshawa Symphony. VIENNA TO BROADWAYwith Victoria Symphony. SONGFEST with Markham Theatre. AN EVENING OF SONG with North York Symphony. FROM OPERA TO BROADWAY with Toronto Choral Society.The role of Hanna (The Widow) in Lehar’s THE MERRY WIDOW IN CONCERT with Thunder Bay Symphony. OPERATIC ARIAS with Oakville Waterfront Festival. MUSIC THAT MOVES with Etobicoke Philharmonic for the Etobicoke Autumn Arts Festival. The role of Adele in DIE FLEDERMAUS with Thunder Bay Symphony and FROM OPERA TO BROADWAY with Niagara Symphony.
In 2009/10 Suzanne spent a year in Australia and made her Sydney Opera House debut, and performed with the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, Queensland Symphony Orchestra, Australian Pops Orchestra, Queensland Pops Orchestra, Barrier Reef Orchestra and theAustralian Shakespeare Festival. She also appeared in the acclaimed hit show Scotland the Brave which culminated in the creation of a Gold DVD for the Australian Broadcasting Corporation. This association with the Australian Broadcasting Corporation has led to the planning of a Christmas CD for 2013 and an Art Song CD.
Suzanne also appeared with the Australian superstar of jazz, James Morrison and sang with Gregory Moore & Adam Lopez to huge acclaim.
Whilst in Australia, Suzanne co/produced and guest stared on the Gregory Moore hit Album “I’ve Dreamed of You” with composer Sean O’Boyle and worked as a music coach on the feature film A Heartbeat Away.
In 2012 Suzanne sang with the Glenn Ridge Choral Society for the world premiere of Sean O’Boyle’s Requiem (a role created specially for her), returned to Australia for a triumphant tour in the Queensland Ballet Cloudland as Soprano Soloist and appeared as guest soloist in Brisbane Australia for Education Queensland’s Creative Generations concert & television spectacular.
For over a decade, Suzanne toured extensively as soprano soloist with the renowned Canadian lyric tenor Mark Dubois performing hundreds of concerts across Europe, Canada & the USA.
She recorded the platinum selling album A Christmas Homecoming with Canadian Jazz Composer Hagood Hardy which culminated with multiple sell-out concerts & TV appearances with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra.
Suzanne holds a bachelor of music degree in voice performance from Westminster Choir College in Princeton NJ and took her post graduate studies by gaining an artist diploma in operatic performance from the University of Toronto.