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.
Susanna enjoys a busy performance schedule across the U.K. and Europe. Most recently she has performed at The Bath Festival (Handel Arias for Jane Glover’s book launch) and The Utrecht Early Music Festival, The Netherlands (Purcell Songs). On the operatic stage she has toured Italy and Spain performing Galatea (Handel’s Acis & Galatea) with L’offerta musicale di Venezia across regional theatres and opera houses. In 2018 she performed Emilie (Les Indes Galantes) for Benslow Baroque Opera as well as appearing as a Périgord Noir Festival Young Artist singing the role of Bellezza (Handel's Il trionfo del tempo e del disinganno). Earlier this year she completed a tour of south-west England singing the role of Euridice (Gluck’s Orfeo ed Euridice) for Grassroots Opera including a performance at St Endellion as part of the Carn to Cove Scheme. Upcoming projects include Emmy (Marschner’s Der Vampyr) with Gothic Opera and First Lady (Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte) with Arcadian Opera.
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 performs regularly with the New Woods Collective and 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.