Susanna MacRae graduated from the Royal College of Music, London, where she studied with Jeffrey Stewart (Vocal Studies) and Nigel Clayton (Piano). Currently, she studies with Sheila Barnes.
On the operatic stage Susanna has recently completed a successful tour of Italy and Spain performing Galatea (Acis & Galatea) with L’offerta musicale di Venezia as well as Emilie (Les Indes Galantes) in March 2018 for Benslow Baroque Opera. Also in 2018 Susanna appeared as a Périgord Noir Festival Young Artist singing the role of Bellezza (Handel's Il trionfo del tempo e del disinganno) and as Frasquita in a touring production of Bizet’s Carmen with Barefoot Opera Young Artists. Earlier this year she completed a tour of south-west England singing the role of Euridice (Gluck’s Orfeo ed Euridice) for Grassroots Opera. Most recently the company performed at St Endellion as part of the Carn to Cove Scheme.
Last year she competed as a finalist at The John Kerr Award for English Song, Cheltenham Baroque Singing Competition and as a semi-finalist in The Froville International Voice Competition in France. Solo highlights include appearing as soprano soloist for numerous choral societies across south-west England and she regularly appears on the recital platform around London and the South. Susanna has a keen interest in contemporary music; she enjoys working closely with composers to develop music and being involved in several projects spotlighting new music. She is grateful for the generous support of The Nicholas Boas Charitable Trust in supporting her studies..
Initially trained as a pianist, Susanna made her concerto debut playing Beethoven's Third Piano Concerto with Guernsey Sinfonietta in August 2013.